News from the CVI
New Aortic Valve Techniques Featured on FOX 25
CVI interventional cardiologist Jeffrey Popma, MD, appeared on FOX 25 Morning News on March 21 to discuss transcutaneous aortic valve replacement along with patients Rose Boyle of East Providence, RI, and John Kundrot of Stoughton. They described the new procedure, which allows physicians to non-surgically replace diseased aortic valves in patients who are considered too high-risk for conventional surgery. A prosthetic valve is inserted in the heart through a catheter — a thin tube — that is snaked up into the heart via the femoral artery in the groin. The TAVR program is part of the CVI’s Structural Heart Center. Boyle and Kundrot became friends in the hospital last fall when both received new aortic valves. Radiation for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier in their lives had compromised their aortic valves.
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Vascular Medicine Adds Vascular Laboratory
The Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the CVI has expanded its vascular medicine program, adding a vascular laboratory to the Cardiovascular Clinic to provide outpatients with one-stop convenience. Amjad AlMahameed, MD, MPH, Director of the Vascular Medicine Program, also directs the lab. Interpretation of studies is provided by Dr. AlMahameed and his colleagues, Duane Pinto, MD, MPH, and Roger Laham, MD. As with other cardiovascular services at the CVI, new patients can obtain appointments within 24 to 48 hours. The lab features state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff. Among the services offered are all types of non-invasive vascular studies, therapeutic venous ablation for symptomatic varicose veins, ultrasound-guided thrombal injections for pseudoaneurysms and evaluation of small vessel and spastic disease.
Heart Parties Rock — Join Us in Chelsea!
The CVI is sponsoring a series of Heart Parties through the month of April. The first was held in Norwood on April 7. Registration has closed for the next, in Lexington on April 24, but is still open for the last one at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Chelsea on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CVI cardiologists Airley Fish, MD, and Donald E. Cutlip, MD, will speak about cardiovascular health and Philip Triffletti, MD, will host. There will be educational booths and a body mass index screening.
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Dr. Guzman Joins Vascular Surgery Team
Raul Guzman, MD, recently joined the CVI to practice all facets of endovascular and open surgery as a Visiting Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was Director of Vascular Surgery Research and Associate Professor of Surgery, Cell Biology and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. His clinical interests include diabetes-related vascular disease and critical limb ischemia. To make an appointment with Dr. Guzman, call 617-632-7384.
CVI Celebrates National Walking Day on TV
FOX 25 marked National Walking Day on April 3 by hosting CVI cardiologist Joseph P. Kannam, MD, and Boston Public Schools 6th grader DeShawn Jones on the Morning News. The pair demonstrated how to use a pedometer to count your steps and described the heart-health benefits of walking. DeShawn’s school, the Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, is a participant in the BIDMC Walking Club for Schools program.
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Mark Your Calendar for Sept. 7
As you might have noticed, we never tire of telling you to mark your calendar for the Boston Heart Walk! This year the fun family event will be held on Saturday, September 7, at the Charles River Esplanade. Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is our team chairman. Help the BIDMC team raise funds for American Heart Association programs and c’mon down!
Above content provided by the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.
Posted April 2013