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The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services for a full range of cardiac diseases and conditions, with expertise in interventional cardiology, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy (heart failure), arrhythmia, non-invasive imaging and preventive cardiology. The Center’s multidisciplinary team is committed to providing clinical excellence, innovation and compassionate patient care.
We are nationally recognized for our interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty and stents, but we know that the best medicine is preventive medicine. Thus, we offer a variety of medically supervised exercise and lifestyle-modification programs to help people prone to heart disease lower their risk through physical activity and nutritional counseling. These programs include the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Program, the Exercise Training Consultation Program, the Lipid Program, and the Smoking Cessation Program.
The Vascular Center at Boston Medical Center offers treatment for a variety of peripheral vascular diseases, venous diseases, sasospastic diseases and lymphedema.
Boston Medical Center is an international referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis, a rare group of diseases caused by the abnormal accumulation of the protein amyloid in various parts of the body. This can occur as part of a bone marrow plasma cell disorder (AL), as a hereditary form (AF), an age-related form (senile systemic amyloidosis due to ATTR), or secondary to chronic inflammatory or infectious diseases (AA).
The Arrhythmia Center at Boston Medical Center has specially trained electrophysiologists on staff equipped to diagnose and treat all types heart arrhythmias.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program offers a wide range of services for people who have, or are at risk for developing, heart disease. Patients who have recently had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, coronary angioplasty, stent or heart transplant may all benefit from cardiac rehabilitation at Boston Medical Center.
Diagnostics and Tests
The Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Laboratories at Boston Medical Center offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for heart and vascular conditions such as arrhythmias, heart failure, coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and more. Offered testing include Stress Testing, Echocardiography, Vascular Diagnostic Testing, and Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. Each area is supervised by cardiovascular experts and staffed by highly skilled exercise physiologists, sonographers and technicians.
Echocardiography, also called a cardiac echo or echo, is a sonogram of the heart. Echocardiography uses two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.
A stress test is used to gain more information about how your heart functions during exercise. Your physician will monitor your heartbeat and blood flow as you walk on a treadmill, and will then be able to diagnose any problems as well as plan treatment.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create a clear and concise image of a patient’s heart in motion, without using x-ray radiation. It is used to detect or monitor heart problems such as infections or inflammatory conditions, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, or to evaluate the effects of surgery. An MRI is also commonly used to clarify unclear findings from echocardiography.
Cardiac computed tomography (Cardiac CT) is an x-ray test that physicians use to take clear and detailed pictures of the heart. Cardiac CT is used to help detect or evaluate problems such as coronary heart disease, calcium buildup, pulmonary embolism, aneurysms, and dissections. It is sometimes used in patients who obtained unclear results from a previous stress test. Cardiac CT will likely not be used as a screening test in patients with no symptoms because of long-term radiation exposure concerns and lack of proven benefit.
Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging test that uses radioactive tracers to produce detailed pictures of the heart. PET scans are typically used to look for poor blood flow in the heart, to assess damage due to heart attack, or to diagnose coronary artery disease. A PET scan is also commonly used to clarify unclear findings from other heart tests, such as echocardiography or stress test. Unlike MRI and CT, a PET scan gives more information about how organs and tissues are working.
Residency and Fellowship Information
The Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. BMC is committed to serving patients within the community and region through service, quality, and innovation. The education of medical students and residents is an integral part of daily activity at BMC. The faculty are dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and discovery through healthcare related research from the most basic to the most applied. BMC is keenly aware that the ultimate fruits of our excellence in caring, teaching, and discovery is the betterment of mankind.
Cardiology Resident Takeover
Tune in for a day in the life of Dr. Anam Waheed, one of our amazing cardiology fellows!
Dr. Waheed takes us through a normal day in her life at BMC and introduces us to her amazing co-fellows. She will answers questions you may have about being a cardiology trainee at BMC, being a woman in cardiology, and what it's like to live in Boston!