Cardiology

Find an Experienced Cardiologist in Connecticut

The Heart & Vascular Institute provides treatments for a wide range of heart and vascular conditions at our locations throughout Connecticut, and has become the go-to choice in the state for people with heart disease. Our cardiologists, specialists who diagnose cardiovascular disease affecting the heart and blood vessels, might perform a pacemaker procedure, angioplasty or heart catheterization. They can also help with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and congenital (present from birth) heart disease. Our cardiac surgeons at Hartford Hospital, meanwhile, perform the most cardiac surgeries and TAVR procedures – an aortic valve replacement without open-heart surgery – in Connecticut.

Find a Cardiologist

Know When to Consult a Cardiologist

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It's also, no coincidence, the leading cause of death in Connecticut. But it’s possible the numbers – 1 in 4 deaths nationally each year are attributed to heart disease – would be a little different if more people consulted a cardiologist after experiencing symptoms that are indicators of a possible heart problem.

Consult a cardiologist if you experience:

  • chest pains
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • irregular heartbeat

Ask Your Cardiologist About Heart Disease Medications

A cardiologist often can control your heart-disease symptoms, or even help you avoid disease, by recommending simple over-the-counter medications like aspirin, supplements or prescription-only medications that can control how your heart beats. Heart disease varies from one person to another, as does the type of medication prescribed to take care of it. What doesn’t change is the need to understand what medicine you’re taking, follow the instructions and know what the potential side effects.

“It can be confusing to keep medications straight so it’s OK to ask your healthcare provider or the pharmacist to explain things,” says Dr. Howard Haronian, chief medical director and vice president/East Region of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. “Ask questions, too, if you feel different once you start taking them. Some have side effects that can include dizziness or gastrointestinal disruptions.”

These are medications cardiologists often give to people with heart disease:

  • Aspirin – Research has shown that a daily aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack in patients with hardening of the arteries because it prevents the blood’s platelets from sticking together as clots.
  • Aldosterone inhibitors – Acting as diuretics, these block the chemical aldosterone to help prevent salt and water retention. They also prompt your kidneys to get rid of unnecessary water and salt through urine.
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors – They widen the arteries, making it easier for the heart to pump blood and lowering your blood pressure. Possible side effects include coughing, dizziness, fluid retention, kidney problems or an excess of potassium in the bloodstream.
  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) – These can be used if you have heart failure to lower your blood pressure by keeping your blood vessels as open as possible so the blood flows easily. They also help with water and salt retention.
  • Anticoagulants – Commonly called “blood thinners,” these decrease your blood’s ability to clot and prevent clots from getting larger, although they do not dissolve existing clots. They can be prescribed to prevent stroke.
  • Beta blockers – By blocking the effects of adrenaline, these help your heart beat slower and with less force, lowering your blood pressure. Possible side effects include dizziness, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, mental confusion, headaches, rash, heartburn or shortness of breath.
  • Calcium channel blockers – These interrupt the movement of calcium into the cells of your heart and blood vessels, relax your blood vessels and increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. That helps reduce blood pressure and treat chest pain. Possible side effects include headaches, dizziness, nausea, edema and weakness.
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs – Cholesterol buildup on your artery walls boosts your chance of a heart attack or stroke. To address that, you can combine a healthier diet with these drugs (statins). Possible side effects include abdominal pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea, headaches and weakness.
  • Digitalis/Digoxin – This strengthens your heartbeat, allowing your heart to pump more blood if you have heart failure or irregular heartbeats such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). Possible side effects include nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, mental confusion, blurred vision or heart palpitations.
  • Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) – If you’ve had heart attacks or have stents, you may be treated with two different antiplatelet agents, one of which is aspirin, to prevent clotting.
  • Diuretics – Your heart pumps better if you retain less unnecessary water and salt. Diuretics help the body rid itself of the excess through urination, helping ease the heart’s work, reduce high blood pressure and improve breathing. Possible side effects can include leg cramps, dizziness, gout and rash.
  • Potassium – People on diuretics urinate more and can develop a potassium deficiency, which can cause abnormal heart rhythms. You may need a supplement.
  • Proprotein convertase subtilisim kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors – This new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs may be prescribed if diet adjustments and statins don’t help. They block PCSK9, a liver protein that prevents the liver from ridding your body of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Vasodilators/Nitrates – Patients who cannot take ACE inhibitors are given these to relax the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow easier and relieving chest pain. They come in tablets to place under the tongue or swallow, a patch or a cream to apply to the skin. Possible side effects can include light-headedness and headache.
  • Warfarin – You may be given this to prevent clots your body may be forming or if you have a condition that may cause them.

“We have many options to help people with cardiovascular disease live full lives,” Dr. Haronian says. “Working one on one with each patient, we can find ways to address symptoms so they can feel better.”

Meet our Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Abreu, Joseph Edward, MD, FACC
860.489.1132
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Torrington
Agarwal, Arun, MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Aithal, Keshava Harthattu, MD
860.347.4258
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Middletown
Arcoleo, James Anthony, DO
860.749.1985
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Medicine
  • Vascular Medicine
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  • Enfield
Atef, Amr Mohamed, MD
860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Willimantic
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Azemi, Talhat, MD
860.972.5083
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine
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  • Hartford
Bhatt, Paras Satish, MD
860.889.9180
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
Bleich, Steven, MD
860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Borer, Steven Michael, DO, FACC
860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Borkowski, Robert D., MD
860.229.6811
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
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  • New Britain
Bradbury, William Michael, MD, FACC
860.963.7519
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Putnam
  • Plainfield
  • Plainfield
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Canter, Lisa Tammy, MD, FACC
860.963.7519
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Putnam
  • Plainfield
  • Plainfield
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Cardon, James Pratt, MD, FACC
860.263.3540
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Casey, David Madigan, MD
860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Charron, Jaime, APRN
860.456.2898
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Willimantic
Chaudhry, Waseem, MD
860.972.1793
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Ching, Gilbert G., MD
860.223.0220
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Corning, Joseph James, MD
860.347.4258
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Middletown
Cosentino, Marianne Therese, APRN
203.678.1050
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Wallingford
Coulis, Natalie Elizabeth, PA-C
203.678.1050
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Wallingford
Crespo, Eric Michael, MD, FACC, FHRS
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Cronin, Edmond Michael, MD
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • New Britain
  • West Hartford
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Curtis, Lauren E., APRN
860.972.3570
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hartford
Dougherty, Kevin Russell, MD, FACC
860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Duncan, Brett Hunter, MD, FACC
860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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