Heart and Vascular Center
The Heart & Vascular Center is part of a nationally recognized academic health system which provides expert, coordinated care for diseases of the heart and blood vessels. This results in the highest level of expertise and a wide range of options for you during the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart disease. Our participation in research and clinical trials contributes to the development of new technologies, and provides you potential access to new therapies not widely available.
We have 24/7 heart attack care and treat more than 800 patients with heart attacks every year, more than most other academic health centers in New England. Our heart attack care is among the best in the nation with some of the lowest mortality rates reported (less than 4%).
Our focus is on compassionate care that helps you to live longer and better.
How we advance patient care, research and education
- Our teams of skilled and experienced providers in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine deliver effective, integrated care for the full range of cardiovascular conditions and diseases.
- We offer the most advanced treatment options and technologies, some of which are only available through clinical trials.
- Our doctors and scientists add to the understanding of heart and vascular disease, and its prevention and treatment, through research and clinical trials.
- Our experts educate and train new cardiovascular specialists in an environment that fosters the highest level of caring.
Learn more about Cardiovascular Disease
Often called simply "heart disease", cardiovascular disease refers to conditions and diseases of the heart and blood vessels, which carry blood throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease can dramatically affect your health. Narrowing of blood vessels can cause a heart attack or stroke, impair walking or result in limb loss. Heart failure, heart valve problems, and arrhythmia - when the heart beats too fast or too slow - can affect how well the heart works. In the following video, Dr. Mark Creager, Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center, offers information that everyone should know about heart and vascular disease.
Support Our Cardiovascular Research and Community Education Programs
Dartmouth-Hitchcock programs thrive on your generous support. Please consider making a gift to support HVC CARES—our community awareness and education program—or our cardiovascular research initiatives. Learn more here.