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CVI Heartbeats

News from the CVI

Walk With Us

The CardioVascular Institute is again spearheading a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center team to participate in the
Boston Heart Walk on September 15. Cardiologist Joseph P. Kannam, MD, is leading the team. The team has set a goal of raising $50,000 for the American Heart Association's education and research programs. We are delighted to announce two new participating teams from CVI affiliates at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. Patients, friends and family are all invited to walk with us, too.

Register online at click on "Find a Company" and choose "Beth Israel Deaconess." Hope to see you there!

Dr. Kociol to Head Advanced Heart Failure Program

Cardiologist Robb D. Kociol, MD, has joined the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC. He treats heart failure patients and is spearheading development of a new, multidisciplinary Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) program. The program will significantly broaden the range of treatment options BIDMC offers patients with advanced heart failure.

Previously, CVI physicians referred these patients to Tufts Medical Center. The new program will allow patients to receive LVAD implants at BIDMC, both as a destination therapy and as a bridge to transplantation. Tufts will continue to serve as the CVI's designated transplant center.

Dr. Pinto to See Patients in Sharon

Duane Pinto, MD and Charles Haffajee, MD

Cardiologist Duane Pinto, MD, is now seeing heart patients at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Sharon. Dr. Pinto is an experienced interventional cardiologist with additional expertise in vascular medicine. He also sees patients and performs procedures at the CVI in Boston. Practicing alongside Dr. Pinto in Sharon is electrophysiologist Charles I. Haffajee, MD, who specializes in treating atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, and performs pacemaker and defibrillator implants.

For appointments with Dr. Pinto, call 617-667-8800; with Dr. Haffajee, call 617-632-9206. The Sharon office is located at 93 Pond Street.

Women's Cardiovascular Event Rocks

On June 16, more than 250 women from throughout the Boston area attended a free educational event about women and cardiovascular health. Speakers included Medical Director Loryn Feinberg, MD, and eight other physicians from the recently launched Women's Cardiovascular Health Program. Hosted by former WCVB anchorwoman Heather Kahn, The Heart of a Woman featured lectures on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women; differences between women's and men's cardiovascular health and care; and several common cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, vascular disease and arrhythmias.

See photos and presentations from the event »

Above content provided by the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted August 2012