Comprehensive Services and Procedures

The Cardiovascular Center delivers quality clinical services, with a broad array of therapies and procedures that allow patients to live healthier, higher quality lives.

This commitment to quality ensures that the Cardiovascular Center provides residents of Boston's northern suburbs with ready access to the most advanced care that includes the latest diagnostic and treatment capabilities rarely found in community settings.

 

Arrhythmia Services / Electrophysiology

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm disorder affecting millions of Americans.

Dr. Michael Mazzini, director of the arrhythmia services and electrophysiology lab at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital discusses the symptoms, risks and treatment options for atrial fibrillation in the Health Minute video.

 

 

Interventional Cardiology

Our interventional cardiologists have proven expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with diseases of the heart, blood vessels or coronary artery disease.

Physicians use angioplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to unblock arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. The procedure used in most cases is called percutaneous intervention with drug-eluting coronary stents. These special stents are coated with medication that helps prevent the formation of scar tissue at the site of the intervention.

Interventional treatments include:

  • •  cardiac catheterization
  • •  coronary stenting
  • •  angioplasty, emergent and electively scheduled
  • •  acute heart attack treatments
  • •  non-invasive cardiac testing

 

Endovascular and Vascular Care

Interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons provide care to patients with vascular disease through the proficient use of endovascular techniques previously done only in teaching hospitals. Using sophisticated minimally invasive techniques, our physicians use tiny instruments that can be positioned through the blood vessels to treat blockages in the carotid, renal and peripheral arteries.

For more than two decades Hallmark Health's physicians have been at the cutting edge of vascular treatment and repairs, bringing the latest techniques for treating peripheral vascular disease to our community. They perform endovascular procedures (angioplasties and stents) on the abdominal aorta and lower extremities.

The latest techniques for treating the vascular system include:

  • •  non-invasive vascular test
  • •  endovascular aortic aneurysm repair
  • •  treatment for leg pain and Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • •  blood clot treatment
  • •  vascular surgery

 

Emergency Care

The Cardiovascular Center's team of experts is supported by Hallmark Health's emergency physicians. Experienced in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, vascular conditions and stroke, the emergency physicians work collaboratively with cardiovascular physicians to ensure our patients receive the quickest, most appropriate treatment.

 

Advanced Diagnostic Testing

The Hallmark Health hospitals have a full complement of diagnostic cardiac and radiology testing services. With high-level CT scanning, SPECT imaging, and nuclear cardiology to exercise and nuclear stress testing and echocardiography, our physicians practice under the principle that a full evaluation is a key component to an accurate diagnosis and successful treatment.

 

Patient Education

Education is a key element in the treatment and recovery, including cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy. Our nurses and technicians are specially trained in cardiac care and provide patients with education and information that they need to make a full recovery.

 

Women and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women throughout the world.

A collaborative leadership effort has begun within our cardiovascular center to develop a program that would incorporate expertise from both areas. 

View our Health Minute video with cardiologist, Dr. Erica Brooks. Dr. Brooks discusses heart disease and, in particular, heart disease among women. 

 

Second Chances Happen Here

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Saugus firefighter Jeff Moses thought his discomfort was the result of pushing his body too hard. Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Department staff found he was dangerously close to a heart attack.

Jeff Moses has responded to countless medical emergencies during his 37 years with the Saugus Fire Department, but recently he was the one who needed help.

Moses, 60, felt short of breath at a fire. He was going to take oxygen and get back to work, but paramedics on the scene immediately recognized the need to send him to the emergency department at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Within minutes of his arrival, staff were certain Moses was experiencing a cardiac episode and ordered a stress test and soon after a cardiac catheterization. One of his arteries was 95 percent blocked the team placed a stent immediately. The procedure was performed in the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cardiac & Endovascular Center, the only one of its kind in the region.

“I had the A team,” Moses said of his cardiologists at Hallmark Health: Salil Midha, MD; Bruce Watrous, MD; and Carl Turissini, MD. “They’re all well regarded. They took great care of me.”

Moses felt relief almost immediately. He now realizes that he experienced shortness of breath on and off since a bad fire in 2008 but always attributed the feeling to exertion or getting older. It wasn’t until he felt so good that he realized how bad he had felt.

“I probably should have been checked before,” said Moses. “The doctors said I wasn’t far from a heart attack that I probably wouldn’t have recovered from. I’m very fortunate.”

Moses now attends Cardiac Rehabilitation at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital three times a week. The comprehensive program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Moses enjoys the exercise, patient education and getting to know his fellow rehabbers. They are monitored closely while they exercise but also have fun. Each patient gets to pick the music for the session; his choice is country. “It’s a lot of fun,” Moses said. “It’s not like going to the gym – you talk, you joke. It’s like a little therapy session.” 

Moses now eats a healthier diet and takes regular walks with his wife, Marianne. He’s committed to maintaining these changes so he can keep up with their growing family, which already includes four grandchildren!

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Enhanced Creative Coping:
A new mom's group
Medford Family  Network
Monday, April 23-June 18

VNA and Hospice
Comedy Show FUNdraiser!
Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus, MA
Wednesday, April 25

Taste of Spring
Subaru of Wakefield
Thursday, May 10
 
10th Annual Christine
Cameron Symposium

MHA Conference Center
Burlington, MA
Friday, May 18
 

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 
Golf Invitational

Kernwood Country Club, Salem, MA
Monday, June 25

 

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