Hospital Of Central Connecticut Opens Vascular Center
New Britain [February 07 2007] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut has opened a Vascular Center that offers convenient access to physician specialists, diagnostic testing and the latest treatments for conditions involving the body’s blood vessels.
The Vascular Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut is staffed by vascular and other surgeons, cardiologists and interventional radiologists specializing in vascular care. The center, at the hospital’s New Britain General campus, offers a variety of treatments, including medications, minimally invasive techniques and surgical procedures to treat peripheral vascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and other conditions.
Patients may be referred to the center by their private physician or a hospital physician, but physician referral is not required. The day of their appointment, patients will be seen by one of the Vascular Center physician specialists, who may recommend testing. Many diagnostic tests and some procedures may be performed that day.
“Because patients don’t have to schedule multiple appointments for each diagnostic and treatment procedure, we can expedite their care,” says Interventional Radiologist Kevin Dickey, MD, Vascular Center co-director. The center’s other two co-directors are Cardiologist Manny Katsetos, MD, and Surgeon Robert Napoletano, MD.
Diagnostic procedures available through the center include vascular Doppler ultrasound – which evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel; conventional angiograms; and CT- and MRI-angiograms – non-invasive ways to show images of the arteries at work.
The center specializes in diagnosing and treating peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Peripheral vascular disease (also called peripheral artery disease), occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, blocking blood flow. PVD in the legs can cause pain and difficulty walking, and if left untreated, can lead to gangrene and leg amputation.
Smokers and people with certain conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes, are more prone to PVD, Katsetos says.
“The same problems that can cause heart problems can lead to vascular problems,” he says. “PVD can also exacerbate heart conditions because it prevents people from getting the exercise they need to maintain heart health.”
Treatments offered at the Vascular Center include medications to break up blockages; angioplasty and stenting to open clogged arteries; less-invasive endovascular procedures; surgical bypass of blocked arteries; and other techniques.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (
) occurs when a section of the artery supplying blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs enlarges abnormally or balloons out. This weakened artery wall can rupture – a potentially life-threatening occurrence. Blood clots can also form in the aneurysm and travel to other arteries.
Surgeons can replace the enlarged section of the artery with a manmade tube called an aortic graft. The Vascular Center also offers the less-invasive endovascular aneurysm repair, which requires small incisions to place a manmade tube called a stent-graft.
“Endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms, when performed on the appropriate patients, has the potential to significantly shorten their hospital stay and allow them to return to full function more quickly,” says Vascular Surgeon Scott Fecteau, MD.
“We offer the most current therapies available for the entire spectrum of vascular diseases – all in one setting,” Napoletano says. “The less-invasive endovascular treatments are a big advantage for patients; we’ve been performing these procedures for years with great success.”
“The Vascular Center gives patients access to specialists from three medical disciplines – cardiology, surgery and interventional radiology,” Dickey adds. “In addition to offering the latest techniques and treatments, we provide follow-up care and education to help our patients improve their vascular health.”
Vascular Center physicians are Dickey, Katsetos, Napoletano, Fecteau, Interventional Radiologists Bennett Kashdan, Albert Gladstone and Robert Gendler; and Surgeon Akella Sarma.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call the Vascular Center, (860) 224-5193.
Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366
HCC Corporate Communications
(860) 224-5695 •
Fax (860) 224-5779