Cardiovascular Medicine Department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is at
the forefront in the treatment of heart disease using Interventional Cardiology
methods. Interventional cardiology procedures are less invasive than traditional
open heart surgery, and in many cases they offer new hope for people who cannot
undergo major heart surgery.
cardiology is a branch of medicine that treats heart disorders with thin tubes
called catheters that are threaded through blood vessels to the sites of a
blockage or an area of disease. It also involves the placement of
state-of-the-art stents to keep vessels open, as well medical devices to treat
heart valve disorders.
specialists have contributed greatly to the refinement of these minimally
invasive techniques. Lahey is the second-busiest center in New England in
performing a leading-edge treatment called Transcatheter Aortic Value
Replacement (TAVR). Learn more about this procedure at Lahey.
of Interventional Cardiology procedures performed by Lahey specialists include:
Contributing To Innovation In Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Thomas Piemonte: Lahey cardiovascular medicine
specialist Thomas Piemonte, MD, has partnered with Cleveland Clinic
cardiothoracic surgeons to develop an experimental intravalvular balloon device
called Mitra-Spacer™, to treat patients with a condition called mitral
regurgitation who are not candidates for surgical treatment. This device is
currently in clinical trials.
Dr. Chris Pyne is a pioneering interventional
cardiologist with a national reputation in radial artery catheterization. He
has led the effort to ensure that Lahey remains in the forefront among cath
labs in the country. Our laboratory performs a higher percentage of radial
catheterizations than any other cath lab in New England. Dr. Pyne has also been
a champion of radiation safety by introducing and promoting radiation awareness
and radiation safety.
Dr. Sergio Waxman, the Assistant Director of the Cath
Lab,is a pioneer in vascular imaging of the coronary arteries. His work with
advanced intra-vascular imaging, using light and ultrasound, is internationally
recognized. As head of interventional cardiovascular research, he has been the
principal investigator in multiple groundbreaking trials.
Dr. Frederic S.
Resnic, Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular medicine and
co-director of the Lahey Health Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute
(CERI). Dr. Resnic directs CERI's efforts in utilizing real-world clinical data
to evaluate the impact of alternative treatments used in the treatment of
cardiovascular disease. His particular research focus is on the safety of
medical devices, and has been the recipient of numerous Federal grants to study
the performance of implantable medical devices, and their safety over time.
Meet The Interventional Cardiology Team
Lahey offers a Teaching
Program in Interventional Cardiology. Learn more.