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Heart & Vascular Team

When you have a cardiovascular concern, you can trust that your team of physicians and other clinicians at Cape Cod Healthcare’s Heart and Vascular Institute are highly trained and skilled in their specialized area.

Your primary care doctor may refer you to a cardiologist, if he or she suspects a heart-related condition. Symptoms that may indicate a heart condition include persistent shortness of breath, chest pain or dizziness.

Whether your cardiologist practices in the community setting or the hospital, they will review your medical history and perform a physical exam that may include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs and blood vessels. Some issues may be diagnosed by symptoms at the examination; others will require more specialized testing.


Your doctor may send you for testing, which may include:

Members of the Team

  • Cardiovascular Specialists - highly skilled and experienced physicians that have trained at some of the best academic medical centers in the country and specialize in cardiac surgery, interventional/structural cardiology, community cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, interventional radiology and vascular medicine.
  • Physician Assistant – a healthcare professional authorized by the state to practice medicine as part of a team with a physician. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services, including physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering tests, assisting in procedures and prescribing medications.
  • Nurse Practitioner – a registered nurse who has advanced education and clinical training. NPs provide a wide range of preventive and acute healthcare services, including physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic problems, interpretation of lab results and X-rays, prescribing and managing medications and referral of patients to other healthcare personnel.
  • Registered Nurse – a nurse who has had the training and experience to provide and coordinate patient care, and educate patients about various health conditions. RNs perform physical exams, administer medications, interpret patient information and direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare professionals.

Multidisciplinary Heart Valve Team

Following the guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease, Cape Cod Hospital has assembled all of the interventional, surgical, imaging and institutional requirements to be considered a Comprehensive Valve Center, including a Multidisciplinary Heart Valve Team (MHT) of cardiovascular specialists. Learn more about our Structural Heart Services and the role of the MHT.