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CardioVascular Center

New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center

Expert care and the latest therapies for cardiac arrhythmia

At the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA, you'll find the region’s most comprehensive program for treating the full range of heart rhythm disorders, including those needing medical therapy, ablation treatment, pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs).

Our highly specialized electrophysiologists cure many heart arrhythmias using the latest techniques, including radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation, an approach that can eliminate the need for long-term drug treatment in some patients.

Through clinical trials conducted by our cardiac specialists, many patients have access to the latest advances in antiarrhythmic drugs, ICDs, pacemakers and ablation techniques. In fact, our doctors helped write the national guidelines for the evaluation and management of atrial fibrillation and national guidelines for implantation of pacemakers and ICDs.

We also harness technology to make your life easier, eliminating the need in some cases for quarterly checkups at our Boston offices. For instance, if you have a permanent pacemaker, you can be monitored in the comfort of your home by our team at the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Monitoring Center.

Making an appointment for personalized care is fast and easy

New patients typically are seen within a week by one of our specialists. We work closely with your primary care physician or cardiologist, ensuring they are active participants in charting your treatment plan. Everything we do is geared toward developing a personalized treatment approach to address your individual needs.

The Convergent procedure is an option for patients who have severe or persistent atrial fibrillation. The Convergent procedure combines a minimally invasive surgical approach performed by a cardiothoracic surgeon with a standard catheter ablation performed by a cardiac electrophysiologist.

About the procedure

Through a small incision in the bottom of the chest wall, a surgeon places radiofrequency lesions on the back wall of the heart. The electrophysiologist then performs a standard ablation to electrically isolate the pulmonary veins and fill in the gaps on the back side of the heart.

Who is a candidate for the convergent procedure?

Patients with long-standing atrial fibrillation and structural heart changes do not respond to standard treatments as well. Candidates for this procedure might include those who previously had been unable to manage their atrial fibrillation with medication or had undergone prior failed ablations. In time, patients that undergo the Convergent procedure might be able to discontinue use of their daily heart rate and rhythm medications. In addition, patients are able to return to their normal activities and are able to enjoy a better quality of life.

Patrick J. Blomberg, MD

Patrick J. Blomberg, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 508-875-4811
Fax #: 508-875-5942

Electrophysiology

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Ann Garlitski, MD

Ann Garlitski, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5939
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Cardiac arrhythmias

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Munther K. Homoud, MD

Munther K. Homoud, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Cardiac arrhythmias, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillation, surgery for arrhythmias

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Douglas Laidlaw, MD

Douglas Laidlaw, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9488
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Electrophysiology, pacemaker services

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Christopher Madias, MD

Christopher Madias, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Cardiovascular disease, cardiac electrophysiology

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Michael J. Mazzini, MD

Michael J. Mazzini, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine, TUSM
Department(s): CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Cardiac Electrophysiology

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Sushil Singh, MD

Sushil Singh, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Electrophysiology, arrhythmias

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Jonathan Weinstock, MD

Jonathan Weinstock, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5902
Fax #: 617-636-9115

Electrophysiology, arrhythmias

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