Cardiovascular Institute

Wherever a patient’s journey of cardiac care takes them—for routine care in one of our practices, emergency treatment or specialized surgery at Maine Medical Center, or through our cardiac rehabilitation program—they can be assured they are receiving the highest level of quality care available. The Cardiovascular Institute not only cares for more heart patients than any other hospital in Maine, but also more than most hospitals in all of New England. As a result of this experience, our patients do exceptionally well.

For over 50 years, MMC has maintained a tradition of cardiac excellence, providing the most advanced treatments and procedures. This approach had led to many firsts in Maine, including:

  • First open heart surgery (1959)
  • First pacemaker implanted (1963)
  • First coronary artery bypass surgery (1972)
  • First Balloon Angioplasty (1982)
  • First LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implanted (1997)
  • First robotic mitral valve replacement (2004)
  • First Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (2009)
  • First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (2012)
  • First Convergent Procedure (2013)

Today, the providers of the Cardiovascular Institute continue to bring the most advanced cardiac expertise and procedures to Maine. This progressive approach puts patients in the best hands to fight heart disease, leading to longer, healthier lives.

Heart Health Tips

What is a stress test?

A stress test, also called an exercise electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), provides information about how your heart works during physical stress. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast.

Learn More About Stress Tests

Do you know the signs of a heart attack?

The warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack aren't the same for everyone, and can be different in women and men. While chest pain or discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom, not all heart attacks begin with the sudden, crushing chest pain you often see on TV or in the movies. Many heart attacks start slowly as mild pain or discomfort, while some people don't have symptoms at all.

If you think you may be having a heart attack, time is critical. Call 911 right away. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

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Heart Disease & Stroke in Women: Reducing Your Risk

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death for women throughout the world. More women die from heart disease than from cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's, and accidents combined. More women than men die from strokes every year.

Learn How to Reduce Your Risk

How can you tell if you have high blood pressure?

When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and other problems. But if you don't measure your blood pressure, you won't know when it's high, because there are usually no symptoms.

Learn About High Blood Pressure & Stroke Risk Factors

John’s Story

John Karp is an entrepreneur, fascinated with technology. However, one day he found out his heart needed the latest technology -- a Left Ventricular Assist Device. His heart is strumming after his recent implant at MMC.

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The Cardiovascular Institute pairs a highly skilled team with innovative technology to deliver cardiac care that is centered around our patients.

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Living with ICD?

If you or someone you care for is living with an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator), attend our support group for encouragement and education. Physicians and nurses lead the group. Guest speakers present on topics of interest.

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Awards & Recognition

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