Diabetic Heart Clinic
Unique Expertise in Caring for Patients with Diabetes
A joint initiative of Beth Israel Deaconess and the Joslin Diabetes Center, the program offers a full range of cardiac evaluation, testing and treatment services, including exercise testing, cardiac catheterization and the most sophisticated treatment options available.
Specialty Trained Multidisciplinary Team
A specially trained multidisciplinary team consults with referring physicians about medications, cardiac catheterization, glucose control and other issues related to the heart health of patients with diabetes. Ultimately, the program's goal is to identify and treat patients before problems occur, and to offer alternatives, such as angiogenesis or angioplasty stents, when surgery is not an option.
Joint Venture Between BIDMC and Joslin
For patients with diabetes and known or suspected cardiac disease, Beth Israel Deaconess is among the best places in the country to receive care. BIDMC and its neighbor, the world renowned Joslin Clinic, recently launched a joint venture that strengthens their longstanding connection.
BIDMC and Joslin have created an advanced diabetes and cardiovascular disease program and a propriety algorithm for early diagnosis and prevention of heart attack and stroke. Specialists in the Joslin/BIDMC Cardiology Program consult with referring physicians about medications and glucose control, and provide cardiac evaluations. The multidisciplinary team includes BIDMC cardiologists and cardiac surgeons as well as Joslin physicians.
Almost half of cardiac surgery patients at BIDMC have diabetes, and the medical center has developed special expertise in the care of this patient population, with outstanding benefits to patients. By emphasizing tight glucose control following bypass, in partnership with Joslin Clinic, BIDMC has nearly eliminated mediastinal infections.
Patients Appropriate for Referral
Patients with diabetes who are at high risk for or have cardiovascular disease are appropriate to refer to this program.