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Specialized care for the heart, from the heart, close to home.

  • About CMHVI

    About CMHVI

    The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Maine Medical Center provides services ranging from prevention and screening to treatment and rehabilitation.

    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.

  • Cardiovascular Medicine

    Cardiovascular Medicine

    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.

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    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:

    • aneurysms of the large arteries in the chest
    • arterial blockages, including the carotid arteries, arteries in the heart, and arteries of the legs
    • atrial fibrillation
    • blocked or leaky heart valves
    • cancer of the esophagus
    • coronary artery disease
    • gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • heart failure
    • hiatal hernias
    • hyperhidrosis, excess sweating of the upper extremity
    • lung cancer and lung nodules
    • severe emphysema
    • swallowing disorders such as achalasia
    • varicose veins
    • venous ulcers
  • Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Intervention

    Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Intervention

    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.

    • An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge in the wall of the aorta. If this bulge bursts, the loss of blood can cause death in minutes.
    • Carotid artery disease is caused by plaque within the arteries that supply blood to the brain. It can cause a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
    • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is caused by a build-up of plaque in the leg arteries, which can cause muscle pain and, in severe cases, foot pain or gangrene.
    • Varicose veins are caused by damaged valves in the leg veins. They can be painful and cause leg ulcers that are resistant to healing. In some cases, they can cause deep vein thrombosis, a serious health problem.
  • Vein Center

    Vein Center

    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:

    • Endovenous radiofrequency saphenous vein ablation
    • Minimally invasive varicose vein removal (micro-phlebectomy)
    • Injection sclerotherapy for spider veins
    • Treatment for venous ulcers
  • Locations

    Central Maine Heart Associates at Lewiston - Lewiston, ME
    Phone Number207-753-3900
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Auburn - Auburn, ME
    Phone Number207-782-4022
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Brunswick - Brunswick, ME
    Phone Number207-729-5720
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Rumford - Rumford, ME
    Phone Number207-369-1129
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Bridgton - Bridgton, ME
    Phone Number207-647-6064
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Farmington - Farmington, ME
    Phone Number207-779-2539
    Central Maine Heart Associates at Oakland - Oakland, ME
    Phone Number207-861-9357
    Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery at Lewiston - Lewiston, ME
    Phone Number207-795-8260
    Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery at Topsham - Topsham, ME
    Phone Number207-795-8260
    Central Maine Pediatric Cardiology & Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Lewiston - Lewiston, ME
    Phone Number207-795-5730
    Central Maine Pediatric Cardiology & Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Topsham - Topsham, ME
    Phone Number207-795-5730
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