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Paying attention to matters of the heart

A message from the president of Greenwich Hospital

It’s easy to forget about the heart when everything is going fine. This muscular organ beats up to 100,000 times a day, delivering a steady stream of blood rich with nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body.

But ignoring the heart when there’s a problem – an irregular heartbeat or a clogged artery – can prove to be deadly. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women, responsible for one in every four deaths in the United States.

That’s why the new Yale New Haven Health Heart and Vascular Center at 500 West Putnam Ave. in Greenwich focuses as much on prevention and education as it does on advanced diagnostic and treatment options.

While cardiovascular services have always been available at Greenwich Hospital, the new center allows us to significantly expand the scope of services provided by Yale Medicine specialists in lower Fairfield and Westchester counties. The center brings together general cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart valve specialists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, women’s cardiac health specialists and others. Children and adults have access to diagnostic tests such as echocardiogram, nuclear imaging, vascular imaging, stress tests and other studies.

With cardiovascular expertise so readily available, patients can seamlessly and conveniently access a full array of advanced care and specialists. Minimally invasive procedures are performed at Greenwich Hospital, while major cardiovascular surgeries take place at Yale New Haven Hospital. Patients return to Greenwich for post-operative services and cardiac rehabilitation.

As we prepare to welcome a new year, make a commitment to stay heart-healthy and take advantage of the world-class cardiovascular expertise close to home.

Norman G. Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer