Physician Detail

Francis John Kiernan, MD

Co-Director, Structural Heart Program

Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Interventional Cardiology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Cardiovascular Medicine, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty
Internal Medicine, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Acute Myocardial Infarction, Arterial Septal Defect, Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiac Imaging, Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Stents, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Mitraclip, Mitral Valve Repair, Patent Foramen Ovale, Structural Heart Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR), Valvular Heart Disease

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/FrancisKiernan

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/heart

Phone

860.972.5083

Call for Appointment

Gender
Male

Languages
English
French
Hebrew
Italian
Spanish


Office Locations


  • Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital

    Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Lab

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 1022
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.972.3570
    Fax: 860.545.3558


Bio

DR. FRANCIS KIERNAN DIRECTOR OF THE CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION LAB AT THE HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL DISCUSSES A MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENT FOR LOW-RISK HEART PATIENTS WITH AORTIC STENOSIS:

Hartford HealthCare: WHAT IS AORTIC STENOSIS?

A. The aortic valve acts like a door way that has to open so blood can be pumped by the heart. In aortic stenosis this valve becomes thickened and calcified so it doesn’t open properly. The heart basically is pumping blood through a pinhole opening. This condition seen in older individuals and can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or even passing out.

Q. TELL US ABOUT THE TAVR PROCEDURE KNOWN AS … TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT…WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

A. We have known for a long time that replacement of the valve with open heart surgery techniques works very well as people feel better and live longer. However in some patients the risk of open heart surgery is too high so TAVR was developed. TAVR is a procedure whereby the valve is delivered using a minimally invasive techniques through a small incision. These patients usually have a much shorter hospital stay and make a quicker recovery.

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Education

Undergraduate

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1975

Medical School

  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine 1979 MD

Internship

  • Hartford Hospital 1982

Fellowship

  • Hartford Hospital 1982-1985, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut, Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor

Professional Organizations

American College of Cardiology, Fellow
Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, Fellow


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