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VA Boston Healthcare System

 

Cardiology and Vascular Medicine

Cardiology provides diagnosis and management for patients with a variety of heart disorders, such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and more.

Vascular Medicine provides diagnosis and management of peripheral vascular disease and structural heart disease. This includes atherosclerosis of the legs (peripheral artery disease), neck (carotid) arteries, kidney arteries and other arteries beyond the heart.  We also treat venous disease and inflammatory vascular disease.

We evaluate and treat patients from throughout New England, and operate several outpatient clinics to fit specific needs. In addition, we provide pre-operative assessments and also care for patients at risk for heart illnesses who may not yet show symptoms.

Our teams consist of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other specialists. All of our services are available by consult only.

Specific Contact Information:

Outpatient Clinics: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 36004 (direct number 857-203-6004) or ext. 35064 (direct number 857-203-5604) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After Hours: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 0 (operator) and ask for the Cardiology Fellow on-call.

Cardiology Administrative Office: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 36840 (direct number is 857-203-6840) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Specialty services:

Electrophysiology (EP)Our team of specialists sees patients who have problems with the rhythms of the heart, called arrhythmias. We offer a variety of treatments appropriate for a wide range of patients, from younger veterans with otherwise structurally healthy hearts, to those suffering from congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle).

Some of our more common treatments include:

   • Medication
   • Implantable devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators
   • Minimally invasive procedures that are directed at the specific portion of the heart causing the abnormal heartbeats

EP outpatient clinic
Location: West Roxbury campus, Building 1, 1st Floor
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 36004 (direct number is 857-203-6004)

Echocardiography (ECHO)
Echocardiography provides state-of-the-art adult cardiac ultrasound imaging to assist in the diagnosis and management of a variety of cardiac illnesses. Our attending physicians are board-certified in echocardiography and supervise all clinical testing and all staff is trained in the most up-to-date technologies in the field today.

We offer a variety of ultrasound imaging tests to assess heart function, including noninvasive and invasive exams, stress tests using exercise, and stress tests using pharmaceutical agents.
 
ECHO lab appointments
Location: West Roxbury campus, Building 1, 4th floor
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Main lab telephone: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 36823 (direct number 857-203-6823)

Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease.  Procedures are arranged on an elective outpatient basis, or for inpatients with more urgent needs. The catheterization lab is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for patients with acute coronary syndromes (e.g. heart attack).

Some of their more commonly-known procedures include angiography, angioplasty and stenting.

Cath Lab Office
Location:  West Roxbury campus, Building 1, 4th Floor
Hours of operation:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone:  1-800-865-3384 ext. 36150 (direct number 857-203-6150)

Vascular Medicine
The Vascular Medicine Service runs an outpatient clinic in the Cardiology Clinic area on the 1st floor of Building We assess atherosclerosis (cholesterol blockages) in the leg arteries (peripheral artery disease), and other arteries in the body.  We also run a stroke prevention service that focuses on managing some causes of stroke such as carotid artery disease, and heart defects such as patent foramen ovale (PFO) in collaboration with other services such as Neurology.  We offer treatments for these conditions in the Cardiac Cath Lab when required.

Vascular Medicine Out-Patient Clinic
Location: West Roxbury campus, Building 1, 1st Floor
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 1-800-865-3384 ext. 36004 (direct number 857-203-6004)

Research Activities:
The Physicians in the Cardiology and Vascular Medicine Sections are actively involved in clinical research designed to improve patient symptoms and outcomes. These include studies for the treatment of coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and peripheral vascular disease, as well as novel applications of imaging techniques to diagnose or assess treatment success.

 

 
 

Contact Info

Location

  • West Roxbury

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-865-3384 Ext. 36004

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 am - 4 pm