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BMC has provided outstanding cardiac surgical care for more than 70 years. As one of the first cardiac surgery departments in the United States, we continue to build on that history of excellence every day. Our multidisciplinary team works with your cardiologist, cardiac nurses, other BMC specialists, and – most importantly – you and your family to provide the highest quality care and ensure the best possible outcome.
Our surgeons are experts at treating coronary artery blockages and abnormal heart rhythms, repairing or replacing faulty heart valves, and repairing aortic aneurysms, among a wide range of other life-saving procedures.
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Preston Family Building 617.638.7350
Conditions We Treat
Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. It occurs when one or more of the arteries that bring blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked by plaque, a sticky substance that can build up over time due to diet, age, or genetics.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm in the United States. It originates in the atria, the heart's two upper chambers, and increases the risk of a stroke.
The heart has four chambers and four valves. The valves open and close with each heartbeat to push blood forward. A valve can fail to function properly, either because it starts to leak blood backwards or because the valve starts to narrow, preventing forward flow of blood through the heart.
Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart (endocardium) becomes infected by bacteria that damages the heart valves, which can cause strokes and affect other organs in the body.
An aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of an artery, leading to a bulge or “ballooning.” The aorta is the body's main artery, delivering blood from the heart, though the chest (thoracic cavity) down to the abdomen and on to the rest of the body.
A ventricular aneurysm can be a serious complication of a heart attack. It occurs when a weakened section of the wall of one of the ventricles, the lower chambers of the heart, expands and bulges like a balloon at the spot where the heart attack occurred. Symptoms of a ventricular aneurysm generally include shortness of breath, chest pain, or heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias).
Treatments & Services
Our cardiac surgeons are specialized in using advanced technologies to perform a wide range of state-of-the-art heart operations. Below you will find information about a few of the most common procedures.
The Maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation, which can often be done using minimally invasive techniques. To perform the surgery, the surgeons use radiofrequency energy, or freezing, to create an intricate "maze" pattern of scar on the upper chamber of the heart muscle.
Heart Valve Surgery
Some malfunctioning heart valves can be repaired while others must be replaced. For select patients, repair and/or replacement of a heart valve is feasible through a minimally invasive approach.
Treatment of the Infected Heart (Endocarditis)
The valves of the heart can become infected for many reasons. Infected valves can often be treated with antibiotics alone, but repair or replacement is sometimes necessary.
Ventricular Aneurysm Repair
The heart is made up of four chambers, the two upper chambers are called the atria and the two lower chambers are the ventricles. A ventricular aneurysm occurs when one of the ventricles has a weakening and is expanded and bulged like a balloon.
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs when the aorta, the main artery that brings blood to the body, has an outpouching, or aneurysm, because the artery wall has become weakened. Left untreated, the aneurysm can tear or burst, causing death.
Ventricular Septal Defect Repair
Following a heart attack, a small number of patients will develop a ventricular septal defect, a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the ventricles. Repair involves opening the chest and placing a patch that is sutured in place to cover the hole between the two ventricles.
Cardiac Surgeons and Nurse Practitioners
Aortic surgery, mitral valve repair, Endocarditis - infections of the heart
Aortic Surgery; Complex Mitral Repair; Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting; Aortic Endovascular Repair; Thoracic Surgery
Inpatient Physician Assistants
Sudeshna Chaudhuri, PA-C
Julianne Plausse, PA-C
Ian Roberts, PA-C
Todd Steinwagner, PA-C
Bella Vogt, PA-C
In advance of your surgery there are a few steps you can take to prepare. Learn more about what you can expect.
Your road to recovery begins as soon as your surgery is over. Learn more about what to expect.
In addition to providing high-quality patient care, our cardiac and thoracic surgeons are engaged in a range of research activities designed to improve care and quality of life for their patients. Research on endocarditis, aortic dissection during pregnancy, ventricular septal defects, robotics for lung surgery, and earlier screening tools for lung cancer, are among the projects currently under way. Our faculty are also actively involved in improving care for older patients, recently writing a chapter for physicians on the treatment of heart valve disease in the elderly.