At MetroWest Medical Center we target a wide range of conditions related to the heart and vascular system. Our comprehensive program includes advanced technology, expert staff and personalized care, all working to locate, identify and treat cardiovascular conditions. Click here to view our Cardiovascular Care brochure
Because cardiovascular disease is associated with the three major atherosclerotic conditions, coronary artery disease (heart disease) and cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and peripheral arterial disease, treatment may range from management of risk factors to surgical procedures. The same risk factors that may contribute to a heart attack or stroke are the same for peripheral arterial disease. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- smoking (tobacco)
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol)
- family history of atherosclerosis
Whether you are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, have been diagnosed with cardiac or vascular disease or need information about cardiovascular disease, MetroWest Medical Center provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient programs to meet your needs. MetroWest Medical Center offers healthcare services provided by highly skilled multidisciplinary team with advanced training in caring for patients with cardiovascular disease.
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MetroWest Medical Center has a strong record of providing quality cardiac care to patients, and realizes the importance of having cardiac resources available to the community. Many cardiologists hold academic appointments and closely collaborate with colleagues at Boston’s leading academic centers, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical System. MetroWest Medical Center offers a continuum of cardiac services, including:
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
- Cardiac Catheterization Lab
- Cardiac Care Unit
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Cardiac Wellness Program
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Framingham Union Hospital provides diagnostic services for patients with heart disease, and has been operating for more than 25 years. Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure that helps locate blockages in the coronary arteries of the heart. The unit is staffed by critical care registered nurses who have extensive experience and advanced certification in the treatment of cardiac patients, and are specially trained in cath lab procedures.
In addition to catheterization, lab services also include the placement of pacemakers, and electrocardioversions and electrophysiology studies (EPS) for people with irregular heart rhythms. Cardiac Care Unit
The 24-hour Cardiac Care Unit at MetroWest Medical Center specializes in the care of the heart and is an extension of the Intensive Care Unit. The unit is staffed by critical care registered nurses (CCRN) and equipped with cardiac monitoring equipment capable of performing ST segment analysis and continuous EKGs. The CCRNs work closely with a team of cardiologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, critical care technicians, and physical therapists to develop a plan of care. Patients are initially seen in the Emergency Department and if directed by their physician, are transferred to the unit for observation and further diagnostic testing. Patients are monitored by their physicians and a cardiologist while in the unit. Cardiac Rehabilitation
Reducing the risk of heart disease involves not only a commitment from patients, but also a commitment from healthcare providers and access to resources. MetroWest Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a specialized medical service that helps people with heart disease improve physical function, build confidence in day-to-day activities, and reduce health risks. It includes comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and wellness programs to promote cardiac health.
For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please call 508/383-1679. Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
After admission to the hospital for a heart attack or new diagnosis of angina, patients and family members receive educational materials on diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, risk factor modification, and activity progression. Nutritional counseling and other support services are also available, as needed, to assist in making the transition to home with ease. Family members are encouraged to participate in the patient's learning process. Monitored Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Monitored Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation is available for patients who have recently experienced heart attack, angioplasty, or cardiac bypass surgery. In addition, certain individuals with angina, abnormal stress tests, cardiomyopathy, valve surgery, and cardiac transplant may be eligible.
The program staff consists of the following interdisciplinary team members:
- Exercise specialist
- Registered nurses
- Social worker
As a team, these healthcare providers help patients improve cardiac function, reduce risk factors, and lead healthier lifestyles. A physician referral is required. Throughout treatment, the patient remains under the care of a primary care physician, who receives progress reports as indicated. Exercise Program
Each patient receives a customized exercise program, which typically requires two to three sessions per week for several weeks. During exercise, telemetry monitoring is available to ensure the patient is exercising within the prescribed guidelines. The exercise component is supplemented with educational support.
To support the exercise component of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, the team offers education in the following areas:
Cardiac Wellness Program
- Cardiac anatomy and physiology
- Diagnostic testing
- Emotional aspects
- Exercise and fitness
- Lipid management
- Risk factor modification
- Stress management
The Cardiac Wellness Program is appropriate for individuals with a heart condition that do not require active telemetry monitoring during exercise, as well as those who are at risk for developing heart disease. Supervised by registered nurses and exercise specialists, the program is offered three days per week at the MetroWest Wellness Center, a full-service facility staffed by a comprehensive team of health professionals. Community Education
MetroWest Medical Center offers the following community education programs:
- Cardiac support group
- Smoking cessation
- Stress management workshop
- Weight reduction