From outpatient consultation to treatment in our congestive heart failure clinic to counseling for heart transplantation, the Brigham & Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent is structured to serve you every step of the way from diagnosis to treatment.
With specialists who provide a broad spectrum of cardiac services, you can rest assured that a personalized approach to your care will always be a priority. This range of services includes:
- testing and evaluation
- advanced cardiac care nursing support
- specialized cardiac inpatient units
- cardiac catheterization (in a state-of the-art cardiac cath lab)
- trans-esophageal echocardiography
- pacemaker, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices
- arrhythmia services, including electrophysiology studies and ablation
- advanced imaging modalities
- heart failure management team
Our specialists work closely with the referring physician to develop a plan for further evaluation and treatment that is best suited to the patient. With dedicated expertise in specialized cardiovascular disorder, physicians and advanced practice nurses work collaboratively to provide superior care.
Care of the hospitalized patient with advanced or unstable heart disease is provided in specialized nursing units within Kent Hospital. Intensive care and telemetry units are equipped with monitoring and computer order-entry systems to enable physicians and nurses to provide optimal care.
There are multiple inpatient services dedicated to highly specialized care, including coronary intensive care, advanced heart failure, invasive electrophysiologic testing, arrhythmia ablation, device implantation, diagnostic cardiac arterial catheterization, and general clinical cardiology. Each inpatient service is staffed by an attending cardiovascular specialist who is available 24/7 for consultation or patient transfer. Care is provided collaboratively with our superb nursing staff.
Our fully accredited echocardiography and nuclear cardiology laboratories are key facilities for diagnosing a variety of cardiovascular disorders. Ultrasound and Doppler techniques can provide hemodynamic information about myocardial, valvular and pericardial heart disease. In addition, nuclear imaging can provide important information about ischemic burden and assist the cardiologist in identifying vascular territories in need of revascularization.
Important information about cardiac function can also be gained from tests performed in our fully equipped exercise testing laboratory, which provides the following services: routine treadmill tests, nuclear exercise stress tests, pharmacologic nuclear studies, stress echocardiograms, dobutamine stress echocardiograms and event monitoring.