Cardiovascular Care at Maine Medical Center

Comprehensive Care for Better Heart and Vascular Health

Wherever your cardiovascular care journey takes you—routine diagnostics, emergency treatment, specialized surgery, or cardiac rehabilitation—you can be sure you are receiving the highest level of care at Maine Medical Center (MMC). Our cardiovascular specialists treat a broad range of heart, congenital, and vascular conditions—using advanced technology, equipment and procedures to treat even the most complex diseases and conditions. And through MaineHealth, MMC patients have seamless access to a regional network of specialists and locations. Often, recovery and rehabilitation care can happen close to home.

Your Heart, in Good Hands

The cardiovascular team at MMC not only cares for more heart patients than any other hospital in Maine, but also more than most hospitals across New England. As a result, our patients do exceptionally well.* In our drive for continuous improvement, we also monitor our results and patient satisfaction levels, and we compare these to national benchmarks. For additional information, view our 2019 Outcomes ReportMMC has maintained a tradition of cardiovascular excellence for over 50 years. 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, MMC continues to bring the most advanced cardiovascular expertise and procedures to Maine. In 2017, we were designated as a “Gold Level Center of Excellence” by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). And, MMC is still the only hospital in Maine to perform LVAD surgeries. MMC was re-certified by The Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission as an Advanced Certification Program for Ventricular Assist Device in 2018.

2019 Outcomes & Innovations Report

Read about our exceptional programs, leading technologies, treatment offerings, and research initiatives.
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Awards & Recognition

high performing indicator aorticvalve
high performing indicator heartbypass
high performing indicator heartfailure
  *All heart care procedures present unique risks and such risks may affect a particular patient’s outcome.

Next Steps for Patients

While some patients are candidates for self-referral to our cardiovascular specialists, we recommend that you ask your primary care physician for help with the process. Find a Provider

Provider Referrals

If you are a provider who would like to refer a patient for MaineHealth cardiovascular services, please review our clinical guidelines and call 207-885-9905. Clinical Guidelines

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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Connected to Better

MaineHealth delivers cardiovascular services through an integrated network of hospitals, healthcare providers, and specialists—built with your needs at the very center. We provide comprehensive heart and vascular care to Maine and Mt. Washington Valley residents through a coordinated system that is designed to achieve the best possible cardiac and vascular outcomes. Through MaineHealth, you are connected to better.