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For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2013

Southcoast Health System launches Structural Heart Program

New program to be led by renowned cardiologist Adam J. Saltzman, MD

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast® Health System announced today that it has launched a new Structural Heart Program led by renowned cardiologist Adam J. Saltzman, MD. The Southcoast Structural Heart Program is the only program of its kind in the region and one of only a handful of dedicated structural heart programs in all of New England.

"Our Structural Heart Program offers minimally invasive therapies rather than open surgical interventions," said Adam J. Saltzman, MD, cardiologist and Medical Director of the Structural Heart Program at Southcoast. "Our team will be able to evaluate patients collectively and decide the best option for each individual. The new program brings together specialists with different expertise to help in the assessment of patients. We will discuss each patient in depth to develop the best care plan available."

Structural heart disease encompasses patients with valvular disease, congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease, and complex coronary disease, among other conditions. It is the management of heart disease that may not involve coronary arteries or the electrical system of the heart. These patients who in the past have needed to travel outside the region, will now be able to be evaluated and treated at Charlton Memorial Hospital by a multidisciplinary cardiac team that includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and support staff who work together with referring physicians to develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient.

Adam J. Saltzman, MD

A graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Dr. Saltzman completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia University in New York City where he was recognized as a chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Columbia University before returning to Boston to complete fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural heart disease at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Saltzman is a specialist in catheter based complex coronary interventions and valve procedures, as well as transcatheter therapies for congenital heart disease. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology. For more information or to make an appointment, call 855-200-8284.

Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280

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