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Hartford HealthCare is a national leader in heart disease prevention, treatment, surgery and research.

Our system of care includes the most talented and experienced physicians, the very latest technology, and a team of compassionate caregivers whose only goal is to help patients and their families fight heart disease, which is our nation’s number one killer.

As a patient or family member, there are many reasons to choose the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute. Whether you enter our system through one of our board-certified cardiologists in an outpatient setting, in an emergency by way of LIFE STAR helicopter, or at one of our five hospitals, including a tertiary care level teaching hospital, we provide the coordinated, evidence-based care that you need to get back on your feet again.

From our cholesterol clinic to our cardiac sports program to heart transplants and other higher level procedures, our staff has the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to save lives and help you live longer and healthier.

These are not mere words. At the HHC Heart and Vascular Institute, we measure everything we do. That’s what helps us continuously improve, and separates us from our competition. Our Cardiovascular Data Management Center provides comprehensive and continuous quality improvement information, and allows us to compare our patient outcomes to state and national benchmarks.

Led by Co-Physician in Chiefs Sabet Hashim, MD, and Paul D. Thompson, MD, our team provides top care to just about anyone – young or old, athletes or the elderly. Dr. Hashim performed the first heart transplant in Connecticut, and has done more than 1,400 mitral valves repairs in his esteemed career.

Dr. Thompson is an expert on the impact of exercise on heart disease, and vice versa, and his experience is firsthand: He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1972 and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976. He is generally considered one of the “founding fathers” of the sports cardiology field by the American College of Sports Medicine, and is one of eight people funded by the National Institutes for Health to develop a preventive cardiology program.

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