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Interventional Cardiology Center

Overview

Helping heart patients by using advanced treatments

At the Interventional Cardiology Center at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA, you will find the most advanced techniques for diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and complex structural cardiac defects.

Surgery is not always the best option when you are facing a serious heart condition. In addition to our surgical expertise, our doctors have been leaders in innovative non-surgical, less invasive approaches to the management of heart disease in Boston since the 1990s, with an outstanding track record of superior patient outcomes.

Leaders in the treatment and research of heart disease

Our Center has a long tradition of being at the forefront in both treatment and research. We were successfully treating patients with arteriosclerosis with drug-coated stents prior to their commercial availability. More than a decade ago, our Center helped to pioneer alcohol septal ablation to treat an abnormal thickening of the heart known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This therapy has similar outcomes when compared to surgery when applied to appropriate patient populations.

Our specialists are replacing aortic valves with a non-surgical approach known as trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

for patients who may otherwise not be candidates for life saving surgery. Balloon mitral valvuloplasty is performed in appropriate patients for mitral stenosis, which can remove or delay the need for open heart surgery.

We are a leader in the use of ventricular assist devices (VADs), which are used to treat failing hearts. We are currently researching new designs and applications for these life-saving devices, including their placement with less invasive catheter-based approaches.

Our clinical research involves a wide array of single and multi-center clinical trials, providing novel therapies for our patients long before they may become available elsewhere. 

Our Center is a leader in international clinical trials that test new ways to repair holes in the heart without surgery in stroke patients, known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure. Our Interventional Cardiology Center performs this procedure in selected patients who have suffered strokes in an effort to reduce the risk of future events.

A collaborative approach to your care

We work closely with your primary care physician and cardiologist. We rely on our community partners, working together to develop plans for cardiac intervention and managing post-procedure care. As part of Tufts Medical Center’s CardioVascular Center, we have access to a wide range of cardiac experts across multiple subspecialties.

We also work closely with pediatric cardiologists at the Floating Hospital for Children, who can provide valuable insights for the treatment of adult patients who were born with various heart conditions.

360 Video Tours of the Cath Lab

One of the most common procedures that the Interventional Cardiology team at Tufts Medical Center preforms is a cardiac catheterization in our Cath Lab. This procedure helps our expert interventional cardiologists diagnose and treat a range of cardiac conditions. 

We know that any procedure can be intimidating or scary for our patients, which is why we created the below 360 video tours. These tours show you what you can expect during the preparation for and actual procedure. 

If you're viewing the videos on a desktop, use the arrows in the top left corner of the video to navigate around the room.  

Part 1
During this part of the virtual tour of our Cath Lab, you'll see how the interventional cardiology team at Tufts MC helps prepare you for your cardiac catheterization by going over the details of the procedure and obtaining consent.

Part 2
During this part of the virtual tour, you'll see the preparation that occurs before the start of your procedure. 

Part 3
During this part of the virtual tour, you'll see the check that our team undergoes before we start the procedure. See what the Cath Lab looks like and how we prepare as a team for the procedure.


Doctors + Care Team

Laurence A. Conway, MD

Laurence A. Conway, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5039

Interventional cardiology

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Mohamad El-Zaru, MD

Mohamad El-Zaru, MD

Title(s): Staff Cardiologist, Interventional Cardiology Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5039

Cardiovascular disease

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Navin K. Kapur, MD

Navin K. Kapur, MD

Title(s): Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Cardiology Research Laboratories; Director, Cardiac Biology Research Center within the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support

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Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

Title(s): Director, Interventional Cardiology Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology

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Andrew R. Weintraub, MD

Andrew R. Weintraub, MD

Title(s): Associate Director, Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Center; Director, Coronary Care Unit; Medical Director, Valvular and Structural Heart Health Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6140
Fax #: 617-636-2276

Interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, peripheral vascular intervention

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