The Heart Center

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The Heart Center

A Dedicated Group of Board-Certified Cardiologists In Four Hospitals and 15 Locations Near You

Selecting your cardiologist is a key decision to ensure your long-term health. That is why The Heart Center, a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, P.C., is an ideal choice. Our combination of board-certified, highly trained cardiologists and the latest technology delivers clinical expertise with a personal approach in multiple locations, close to your home.

At 15 convenient locations throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut, our cardiology team helps you recognize symptoms of heart disease, minimize heart disease risks and take steps to improve your heart health. If your cardiologist determines that you need a higher level of care or specialized procedures, you have access to the Health Quest family of hospitals. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Sharon Hospital are trusted centers of excellence in our region.

You can trust The Heart Center cardiologists to diagnose and treat a wide variety of heart conditions, from coronary artery disease to heart rhythm problems and heart failure. Many forms of heart disease can be managed or even prevented through a combination of healthy living, medication and minimally invasive procedures. Our exceptional heart and vascular specialists are in the top tier in regard to their education, skills and training.

The Heart Center is an active research center evaluating therapies for heart failure, coronary disease, rhythm disorders and circulatory disorders. This means you have access to evidenced-based cardiovascular care and clinical research in addition to life-preserving surgical and endovascular interventions. Research by The Heart Center has received national attention from peer-reviewed journals.

Our team looks forward to becoming your partner in a lifetime of heart health.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our team of highly experienced and highly trained heart and vascular doctors, interventional cardiologists, nurses and staff work together to create the preeminent cardiovascular program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut.
  • You have access to more than 30 board-certified cardiologists with specialized education, skill and training that make them leaders in their respective fields.
  • With 15 locations in five counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut, you’ll find a Heart Center near your home or office.
  • Clinical excellence and diagnostic accuracy of this caliber were previously only available outside our region. Now you have the comfort of being treated by experienced specialists, close to home.
  • Our specially trained team includes leaders in congestive heart failure, sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, cardiac wellness and warfarin management.
  • The Heart Center team offers advanced cardiac rehab and state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including 3-D echocardiography.

Conditions We Treat

Treatment and Technology

  • 3D interventional echocardiography
  • 3D magnetic mapping – provides real-time imaging, even of minute areas of the heart, to eliminate the source of arrhythmia in less time with reduced radiation exposure.
  • Atrial fibrillation monitoring for causes of cryptogenic stroke
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair
  • Automated implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD)
  • Balloon angioplasty – a non-surgical procedure where a small balloon is inflated inside the blocked artery to re-establish blood flow.
  • Balloon angioplasty with stenting
  • Biventricular pacemakers
  • Cardiac catheterization – a thin, flexible tube (catheter) inserted into a blood vessel at your groin or arm and guided through the aorta into your coronary arteries. A dye injected through the catheter helps doctor’s spot blockages in your arteries.
  • Cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
  • CardioMEMS HF System – the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring system shown to reduce heart failure hospital admissions and improve quality of life for patients with severe forms of heart failure.
  • Carotid doppler – to detect a blockage or narrowing in your carotid artery.
  • Cryoballoon ablation
  • Device management and monitoring – for subcutaneous defibrillators, pacemakers, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, MRI-compatible devices lead extraction and AFib monitoring for prevention of stroke.
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Exercise stress testing – requires you to walk on a treadmill while attached to an ECG machine, or you may receive an IV drug that stimulates your heart in a manner similar to exercise. An abnormal stress test may indicate coronary artery disease.
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – this unique, highly specialized treatment is a modified heart-lung machine that pumps oxygen into your blood, giving your heart and lungs a chance to rest as you or your family member heals. This is a new level of care that can be a bridge to recovery, or to further long-term treatments. ECMO is a life-saving device, as is available right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut.
  • Heart valve repair – to surgically modify the original heart valve, for example to repair valve tightness or replace the ring around the valve (annuloplasty).
  • Home care support services
  • Hospice cardiac care – For patients who have untreatable disease, our heart failure program specialists also work with hospice teams to provide skilled care at home, in a nursing facility or in the hospital, to help improve quality of life for patients with heart failure.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) – similar to a pacemaker, an ICD is implanted under the skin in your chest to monitor and pace your heart rhythm.
  • Implantable devices, such as defibrillators and pacemakers
  • Implantable heart failure monitors
  • Infusion therapies
  • Interventional procedures – including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and minimally invasive mitral valve repair
  • Leadless pacemakers – these pacemakers, without “leads” that can shift or cause infection, can be implanted in less time than traditional pacemakers and leave no scar.
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion device – Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the first and only provider in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut to offer the left atrial appendage occlusion device, a permanent implant that reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, who are unable to take blood thinners.
  • Medication management
  • Mitraclip® (for mitral valve regurgitation)
  • MRI-compatible devices
  • MRI of the heart
  • Pacemaker
  • Paravalvular leak closures
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Pulmonary embolism catheter based techniques
  • Remote device monitoring
  • Research trials for advanced technologies and medications