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Cardiovascular Care

Our cardiovascular specialists, including clinical cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and surgeons, treat the entire spectrum of cardiovascular disease.

Our physicians have access to the latest technologies to prolong and improve the quality of life of our patients. We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and compassionate healing environment.

We specialize in advanced fields including:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty
  • Valve replacement
  • Pacemaking devices and defibrillators
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Diagnostic Services

We are equipped with the most leading-edge diagnostic technologies, including:

  • Combined PET-CT
  • 3 Tesla MRI
  • Full-range of nuclear medicine services
  • A cardiac diagnostic unit complete with electrocardiogram, stress testing and nuclear stress testing

Our cardiac diagnostic unit was recently reaccredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories for adult transthoracic and adult transesophageal echocardiography. We have a filmless archiving system for quick and easy access to patient records.

For information about these and other services, contact:

Radiology and CT: 203.789.3124

PET-CT: 203.789.3646

Cardiac Diagnostic Unit: 203.789.3135

Cardiac Surgery

At Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael campus, we have some of the most experienced and well trained cardiac surgeons available. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have a combined clinical experience of over 100 years and over 20,000 operations. We perform standard bypass operations to complex valve repairs and the newest procedures for atrial fibrillation and valve replacement.

We were one of the first Connecticut hospitals to perform beating-heart bypass, and we have pioneered endoscopic vein harvesting, a procedure that lessens pain and speeds recuperation.

Our surgeons, cardiologists and electrophysiologists perform life-saving heart and related vascular procedures, including:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Endoscopic vein harvesting for bypass surgery
  • Valve replacement surgery
  • Cardioblate pen "burning" for atrial fibrillation
  • Inhaled prostacycline medication in patients with pulmonary hypertension
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Cardioverter defribillator implantation
  • InSync ICD biventricular pacing system implantation

For more information, please call 203.789.3501

Electrophysiology (EP) and Pacer Laboratory

An arrhythmia or dysrhythmia is a problem of the electrical system of the heart muscle, producing abnormal heart rhythms. These can be due to a congenital anomaly (present since birth) or result from disease or a heart attack. Electrophysiology procedures performed by physicians includes the insertion of pacemakers, as well as implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs).

  • Single Chamber Pacemaker
  • Dual Chamber Pacemaker
  • Bi-V Pacemaker
  • Single Chamber Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD)
  • Dual Chamber ICD
  • Bi-V ICD

The Electrophysiology (EP) Laboratory, offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art management of cardiac arrhythmias for patients with documented or suspected arrhythmias by their cardiologist. This management includes: non-invasive testing procedures, arrhythmia testing, state-of-the-art technology 3-D mapping and ablation.

  • Non-invasive Testing Procedures
  • Arrhythmia Testing
  • State-of-the-art 3-D mapping
  • Ablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
  • Cryoablation

For more information, please call 203.789.3114

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure remains the #1 discharge diagnosis among Medicare patients across the country. Physicians at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael campus are working diligently to improve the outcomes of patients with this epidemic chronic illness.

Heart failure has become a multidisciplinary problem requiring the input and expertise of clinical cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists and surgeons – all of whom work together closely here. We are also implementing community-based programs to further improve the delivery of care to our heart failure patients and prevent hospital readmissions.

We have also opened a new Refractory Heart Center. The program is the only one in the area offering comprehensive, long-term services, as well as participating in groundbreaking research studies, to patients suffering from advanced heart failure. Located at the hospital, the center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team specially trained in heart failure, including nurse coordinators, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, pharmacists, nutritionists and home healthcare professionals. The center conducts clinical research, offering drug therapies on a clinical trial basis, and offer a comprehensive range of innovative health care disciplines - from diagnosis to home care. These include cardiopulmonary stress evaluation, inpatient education, diet/weight and exercise management, as well as new and emerging treatments and surgical options. Outpatient follow-up completes the continuum of care.

For more information, please call 203.789.6045.

TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center

The TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center is a comprehensive outpatient program designed to help people maintain their heart health. We meet the needs of people of all ages at risk for heart disease or those who have already developed heart disease by offering a wide variety of services designed to optimize a heart patient's physical, psychological and social function in addition to stabilizing, slowing or even reversing the progression of their disease.

The most common cause of death in America for men and women is heart disease. As America's population ages and the epidemics of obesity and diabetes take their toll on millions of hearts and blood vessels, cardiovascular disease is expected to increase. The good news is that the TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center is committed to helping people who wish to be proactive in maintaining their heart health.

Services include:

  • Cardiology Faculty Practice
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Wellness and Risk Reduction
  • Nutrition services with a Registered Dietitian
  • Heart Failure Evaluation and Management
  • Community Outreach and Health Screening
  • Education and Support Groups
  • Clinical Research and Advanced Treatment Options

The TakeHeart Cardiovascular Health Center staff carries out a wide variety of clinical activities including risk assessment and risk reduction services. They help patients assess their cardiovascular health and explore ways reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Members of our staff who have expertise in preventative therapies work with the patient to develop a plan of action to help minimize risk for heart disease. Plans may include:

  • Physical activity counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Techniques for behavioral and lifestyle changes
  • Preventative medications

Many insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of cardiac rehabilitation services as part of the treatment for heart attack, angina, angioplasty, heart failure, coronary bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement. Contact us at (203) 789-4158 if you have questions about your specific coverage.

175 Sherman Ave.
Second Floor
New Haven, CT 06511 | Map
(203) 789-4158

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