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Fireman Vascular Center
Vascular Care at Mass General Waltham
Fireman Vascular Center: Waltham
52 Second Avenue, Suite 2100
Waltham, MA 02451
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Much like the Fireman Vascular Center in downtown Boston, the Fireman Vascular Center at Mass General Waltham offers comprehensive evaluation by recognized specialists for the full spectrum of vascular conditions as well as minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. In addition, the outpatient location includes an ICAVL-accredited vascular diagnostic laboratory for clinical non-invasive vascular studies.
Conditions We Treat
Our specialists treat the following conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Carotid artery disease
- Cholesterol in the blood
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Deep-vein thrombosis
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Fibromuscular dysplasia
- Intracranial vascular disease
- Leg ulcerations
- Limb edema
- Pulmonary embolism
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Renal artery stenosis
- Renovascular disease
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
- Varicose veins
Our team includes experts in diagnostic imaging who are specially trained to detect abnormalities in the vascular system and whose practice focuses specifically on vascular disease. These vascular imaging specialists are board certified in vascular medicine, vascular surgery, or general radiology and are fellowship trained with additional specialization in vascular procedures.
Depending on the patient, we may use one or more diagnostic techniques, including:
- Transcranial ultrasound
- Ankle brachial index (ABI)
- Duplex ultrasound
- Pulse volume recording
- Treadmill testing
- Computed tomography (CT)
- CT angiography (CTA)
- Magnetic resonance imaging(MR)
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
Minimally Invasive Services
Minimally invasive treatments generally offer patients shorter recovery times and smaller scars than traditional open surgical procedures. For patients with varicose veins, we specialize in a number of minimally invasive treatment options, including:
- Sclerotherapy. In this technique, a chemical is injected into the affected veins to harden them so they can no longer fill with blood
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This therapy uses heat delivered through a catheter to treat varicose veins. Our physicians were among the first in Boston to perform an endovenous (via the veins) radiofrequency ablation
- Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). In this approach, lasers are used to treat affected veins in a similar manner to radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Our physicians also fit patients with compression stockings, which squeeze varicose veins from flowing backward and offer support to the leg’s veins.
- Press Release
- Jul | 16 | 2020
Blood type is not associated with a severe worsening of symptoms in people who have tested positive for COVID-19, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have reported, dispelling previous reports that suggested a correlation between certain blood type and COVID-19
- Patient Education
- May | 5 | 2020
In this Q&A, Aneesh Singhal, MD, vice chair of the Department of Neurology, describes the risk of clotting disorders among COVID-19 patients, the treatment options available, how patients can prevent stroke and what to do if they experience symptoms.
- Patient Education
- Mar | 2 | 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mass General Fireman Vascular Center is providing general and surgical care for our patients. We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure all office visits, procedures and surgeries are welcoming and safe. We have also expanded our virtual visit offerings.
- Press Release
- May | 16 | 2019
New high-sensitivity cardiac troponin tests can help physicians diagnose a heart attack in as little as an hour.
- Jan | 25 | 2019
45 doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Surgery were included in Boston magazine's 2019 Top Doctors list.