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Spotlight on heart disease

Every February, the CardioVascular Center at Tufts Medical Center joins efforts to raise awareness about heart disease—the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States—and what can be done to help prevent it. 

Stay heart healthy and start with prevention

A physician drawing a heartAt Tufts MC, we’re Always Thinking Ahead with our ongoing groundbreaking cardiovascular research that has resulted in major advances in care for patients with heart disease. At the same time, our cardiovascular specialists want you to know there are ways to help prevent heart disease from happening in the first place.

“Healthy eating plus being physically active can help decrease your risk of developing heart disease,” says Marvin A. Konstam, MD, Chief Physician Executive, CardioVascular Center at Tufts Medical Center. “We encourage people of all ages to follow these recommendations and speak with your doctor about an eating and exercising plan that is right for you.” 

Learn the warning signs

James E. Udelson, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology at Tufts MC, adds that it's also important to learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

“Symptoms of a heart attack might include discomfort, pressure or pain in your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, difficulty breathing, nausea, lightheadedness and pain in one or both arms—but not everyone experiences these common symptoms,” warns Dr. Udelson. “In addition, heart attack symptoms can be different in women than in men.”

Most symptoms start slowly but some can be sudden and intense. Don’t wait, call 911 if you believe you’re experiencing a heart attack or warning signs. 

A leader in the field

A healthy lifestyle and medication can often help patients manage early heart disease. As heart disease progresses, patients may need different treatment options. The team at the CardioVascular Center  works together with our patients and their loved ones to determine the best course of treatment for each patient every step of the way.

According to the American Heart Association, of the more than 6 million Americans living with heart failure, about 10 percent have advanced heart failure. Our Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center is proud to be one of the leading heart transplant programs in the United Sates and a leader in the field of mechanical circulatory support and surgical treatment of complex cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases). 

Surgeons performing the 500th heart transplantFacts about our heart transplant program

  • Striving for greatness: In 2018, we performed 55 adult heart transplants, the most in New England and tied for the 8th-most in the country. 
  • Nationally recognized: 2018 was the second time in three years that we ranked in the Top-10 nationally for adult heart transplants (also 2016). 
  • Superior quality: Our three-year heart transplant outcomes placed in the Top-10 in the nation in 2018
  • Record breaking: In 2016, we performed 56 adult heart transplants, surpassing the previous New England record of 37 transplants that had stood since 1991.

Learn more about the CardioVascular Center at Tufts MC and heart disease at the American Heart Association