CMHVI was established to serve the cardiovascular health needs of some 400,000 people living in central and western Maine, though the Institute also provides care to patients from outside the region. CMHVI’s expert care providers include cardiologists who see patients from offices in Lewiston and Auburn, and at clinics at Rumford Hospital, Bridgton Hospital, Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, and in Oakland.
CMHVI’s surgical staff includes cardiothoracic surgeons, a vascular surgeon and a vascular-endovascular surgeon who have access to an array of diagnostic tools and specially-equipped surgical facilities.
The Institute supports a dedicated cardiovascular care nursing unit, and staffs a cardiac rehabilitation program designed to help patients improve their health. As part of its commitment to cardiac and vascular health, CMHVI sponsors wellness and prevention programs throughout the region.
Working with CMMC’s Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Service organizations throughout the region, CMHVI has developed an emergency response system that extends life-saving care to the scene by allowing trained paramedics to activate the cardiac angioplasty process prior to the patient’s arrival at CMMC-CMHVI.
The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute . . . high-quality care for the heart, from the heart, close to home.
The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center supports the work of cardiologists who diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disease. These doctors are assisted by physician assistants and nurse practitioners who also have special training in serving cardiac patients.
CMHVI’s cardiologists not only provide general cardiac care, but also “subspecialize” in electrophysiology, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Each of these subspecialties addresses a particular set of diseases and their accompanying symptoms.
Interventional cardiologists at CMHVI use catheters to diagnose and treat patients with heart problems caused primarily by blockages in the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen-rich blood. At CMHVI-CMMC, interventional cardiologists work with area Emergency Medical Services providers to rapidly treat heart attacks, which saves lives and reduces heart damage.
Cardiologists with nuclear cardiology training use radioisotopes to visually assess the function of a patient’s heart. This method of diagnosis can be more useful than other imaging systems in helping doctors evaluate the physiological function of the heart.
Echocardiography involves the use of ultrasound (sound waves) to gather images of the heart. These images are used to diagnose cardiac disease and provide the information necessary to develop treatment plans. There are several types of echocardiography procedures that doctors can use to evaluate their cardiac patients.
Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who diagnose and treat disturbances in the heart’s electrical function. Cardiac electrophysiologists use an array of technologies to assess heart beat irregularities and develop treatment plans, which may include medications, therapeutic procedures, and implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.
The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center supports the work of cardiothoracic surgeons who diagnose and treat patients with diseases affecting organs and structures within the chest. These doctors are assisted by physician assistants who also have special training in caring for cardiothoracic surgery patients.
CMHVI’s cardiothoracic surgeons generally treat problems of the heart, lungs, and major arteries and veins. One of CHMVI’s cardiothoracic surgeons is also an expert in the surgical treatment of varicose veins.
Cardiothoracic surgeons may be best known as specialists in open-heart surgery, but they perform numerous other surgical procedures addressing problems ranging from lung cancer to esophageal disorders to heart valve defects. One of CMHVI’s cardiothoracic surgeons has years of experience in minimally-invasive valvular surgery.
The cardiothoracic surgeons at CMHVI are trained to provide surgical treatment for an array of conditions, including:
The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center supports the work of vascular and endovascular surgeons who diagnose and treat patients with circulatory system problems. These doctors are assisted by physician assistants who also have special training in caring for vascular surgery patients.
CMHVI’s vascular and endovascular surgeons treat diseases of the arteries and veins. Generally, vascular surgery is more conventional “open surgery”, whereas endovascular surgery involves minimally invasive surgery accomplished with miniaturized instruments through small incisions.
Vascular diseases arise for many reasons, but often result from the buildup of plaque and cholesterol, which can cause blockages. (Blockages involving the heart are treated by cardiothoracic surgeons.) Vascular and endovascular surgeons treat blockages that occur in other parts of the body. If untreated, such blockages can cause strokes, loss of a limb, even death.
The most common vascular conditions treated by vascular surgeons are abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and varicose veins.
The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute’s Vein Center offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for vascular disease, including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other venous disorders.
Assisting CMHVI’s vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons are the nationally-certified sonographers who work in CMHVI’s Vascular Lab. These skilled medical imaging professionals use various technologies to help surgeons diagnose and treat an array of vascular diseases.
The CMHVI Vascular Lab offers:
Venous ultrasound real-time images of veins
Non-invasive arterial and ultrasound studies measuring blood flow speed and direction to diagnose blockages
Ankle brachial indexes to measure poor blood flow to the legs
Segmental pressures to better isolate possible blockages or narrowing in the arteries
Cerebrovascular ultrasound to assess blow flow through the carotid artery to the
The CMHVI vascular lab is approved by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).
Surgeons at the Vein Center treat patients with minimally invasive endovenous and endovascular surgical interventions. They also offer lifestyle modification counseling.
Common symptoms of venous disease include leg heaviness, leg fatigue, swelling, varicose veins, spider veins, and ulcerations. The most common cause of these symptoms is a dysfunction of the valves in the leg veins.
Treatments provided at the Vein Center include: