High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program

High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program

The High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center treats coronary artery disease, the blockage of the heart's arteries due to cholesterol build-up.
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Anyone with coronary heart disease can benefit from the expertise within the High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center. Patients are often referred here if their current medical treatment is not working or if they have a coronary arteriogram that is of concern to the referring cardiologist.

Treatments and Procedures

The High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program is made up of a highly experienced clinical team that plans and applies a treatment process that is tailored to each patient’s condition, age, symptoms and risk factors. Physicians draw upon several diagnostic tests and procedures to determine the best line of treatment. These diagnostic procedures include:

Our physicians are at the forefront when it comes to the latest treatment and therapies for coronary artery disease. Some of the advanced treatments and procedures offered within the High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program include:

  • High-risk coronary artery interventions
  • Chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO PCI)
  • Off-pump (beating heart) bypass procedures, in addition to traditional bypass surgery
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Minimally invasive techniques and medications to control symptoms
  • Coronary artery disease prevention
  • Specialized care for women's heart conditions

Managing Complex Conditions

Patients with the following conditions in addition to coronary artery disease may particularly benefit:

To manage these patients, diabetologists and other specialists are available to join our decision making team, as appropriate.

Coordinated, Patient-Centered Care

Each patient is assigned one physician to oversee his or her care while at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center. Care is coordinated so it is as convenient as possible for patients - office consults and any additional testing indicated are scheduled on the same day if possible.

For those who need to be hospitalized, there are five cardiac units especially geared to the level of patient care needed. The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit are on the same floor in adjacent buildings, for example, so patients can be admitted and moved seamlessly from one place to another.

From the operating room, patients go to the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit and, when ready, to the Cardiac Surgical Step-down Unit. Each unit is staffed with specially trained nurses who have the clinical expertise as well as the compassion to support patients.

About this Program

At the High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, patients benefit from a collective recommendation made by a team of three cardiac specialists. This multidisciplinary team includes a clinical cardiologist, an interventional cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon. This approach affords each patient the benefit of a balanced, comprehensive assessment of his or her clinical problem.

State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Specialists within our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory provide advanced treatments for coronary artery disease. Procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory include:

Our leading interventional cardiologists also perform "unprotected" left main coronary artery and other high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions that use intraaortic balloon or percutaneous left ventricular support devices.

Experienced in Beating Heart Surgery

Physicians at the High-Risk Coronary Intervention Program are experienced in using beating heart surgery to treat patients who are at high risk for coronary artery bypass surgeries (CABG) using conventional cardiopulmonary bypass.

Our surgeons stabilize a portion of the heart with special instruments while permitting normal blood flow through the heart. This procedure is known as beating heart surgery, or off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Beating heart surgery is often desirable because it prevents the use of clamping on the body's main blood vessels. Some patients who undergo beating heart surgery experience shorter surgeries, remove their breathing tubes sooner after surgery and experience shorter intensive care unit stays than traditional patients.

Conditions & Diseases

The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

  • Coronary Heart Disease

    Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.

  • Heart Attack

    A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.

Patient Education

Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.

  • Patient Guide to Cardiac Surgery (PDF)

    Learn what to expect before, during and after your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.

  • Understanding and Preparing for a Catheterization Procedure (PDF)

    As you prepare for your catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To help you understand what to expect during your visit, this booklet describes key steps of your catheterization procedure.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Anesthesia

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.

  • Visitor's Guide to Cardiac Surgery

    Cardiac nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offer support and guidance during a family member's open-heart surgery or transplantation.


  • New procedure reverses heart disease symptoms - 3/11/2014, Mass General

    Massachusetts General Hospital offers a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic total occlusions (CTOs).

  • Back on his feet, living angina-free - 6/25/2013, Mass General

    New treatment option allows some coronary artery patients to "bypass" bypass surgery. Interventional cardiologists at the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care at Mass General offer a less-invasive treatment with quicker recovery.

  • Hope for patients with ischemic heart disease - 2/12/2008, Mass General

    Patients with ischemic heart disease, a serious condition that occurs when the heart’s own arteries become clogged with cholesterol plaque, may have new options if they have exhausted traditional cardiovascular therapies.



Contact Us

Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910

If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-644-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.

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Call to request an appointment or referral 866-644-8910

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