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Heart Health

General and Advanced Cardiovascular Services for Women

As your trusted resource for high-quality women's care, Women & Infants Hospital is proud to bring you a female-focused heart program, providing general and advanced cardiovascular services created specifically with you in mind

As a woman, your health needs are unique and very specific. Symptoms of heart disease in women can be dramatically different from those associated with men, and for that reason, treatment should be different as well. Our program, part of Care New England Cardiovascular Care, offers a team of well-trained, highly experienced, board certified cardiologists, specialized cardiovascular nurse practitioners, registered nurses and technical support staff, who provide compassionate, high quality care, specifically with women in mind.

Through a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, our team of cardiologists from the Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England are considered among the best in the region.

Contact Information

Women's Heart Health of Women & Infants Hospital
90 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02903
P: (401) 681-4996
E: cardio@carene.org

Hours
Monday and Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No Show Policy
We have a policy for missed appointments at all Women & Infants' physician practices. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice.

Heart Health Services

Testing

Testing offered at our convenient centers include:

  • Exercise stress testing
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Transthoracic echocardiography (or cardiac ultrasound)
  • Holter/event monitoring
Clinical Evaluation

We have consultative cardiology coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our team of Care New England cardiologists also offers:

  • Inpatient evaluations
  • Outpatient evaluations at one of our convenient sites
  • Preoperative assessment
  • Diagnostic testing review
  • Second opinions for complex cases

A clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital allows for seamless care in a local, convenient setting and broad subspecialty expertise from experts at Brigham and Women's, including those who specialize in cardiovascular disease during pregnancy.

Advanced Cardiac Care Nursing Support
Specially trained nurses, staff the cardiac care units at the Care New England hospitals. One-on-one nursing care is provided for patients requiring cardiac intensive care treatments.
Cardiac Catheterization
A diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab, essential to identifying the severity of coronary disease, is located at Kent Hospital. The technology makes your procedure (including trans-radial access) as safe as possible and reduces your exposure to radiation.
Advanced Imaging Modalities
We offer an array of advanced imaging modalities, including transesophageal echocardiography to identify complex heart valve disease and new cardiac CT technology to identify coronary disease and coronary calcium build-up.
Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

This service, led by Dr. Bruce Koplan, provides a full range of consultative and procedural services focused on the heart's electrical system, including:

  • Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Ablations
Advanced Valvular Heart Disease Service
Led by Dr. Alice Kim, this service provides consultation for management of complex valvular heart disease and referrals for valve surgery or valve procedures.
Advanced Heart Failure Service
This service, led by Dr. Garrick Stewart, provides a local resource for patients who have difficult cases of heart failure. Patients evaluated in this clinic can be considered for heart transplant or other procedures.
Pulmonary Hypertension/Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service
This service led by Dr. Frederick Wu, provides consultation for patients with pulmonary hypertension and symptoms that might require advanced medical or interventional management. This clinic also serves adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease that require local follow-up.

Heart Health Programs

We have established a number of cardiac programs ensuring patients receive the highest-quality care. We work closely with our colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital, managing each and every case with a personalized approach. We also offer a support group to defibrillator/ICD patients.

Cardiac Telemedicine

Using specialized information technology (IT) and video-conferencing, this program allows physicians at Care New England facilities to communicate with their colleagues at Brigham & Women's Hospital about complex intensive care patients.

Congestive Heart Failure Population Health Management

Care New England was awarded a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Grant to develop a system-wide infrastructure that allows for improved communication and technology use between providers related to the care of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The goal of the program is to reduce hospital readmissions for congestive heart failure.

Cardiovascular Clinical Research

Care New England Cardiovascular Care has active clinical trials that are recruiting patients in such areas as arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease.

Community Outreach

One of the most important goals of the cardiovascular program at Care New England is to educate and support patients in their local communities. From "Day of Dance" celebrations related to women's cardiovascular health to support groups for defibrillator/ICD patients, Care New England cardiologists are committed to community service.

Meet the Cardiology Team

Heather M. Hurlburt, MD

Heather Hurlburt, MD, is co-director of Women's Heart Health at Women & Infants and director of non-invasive imaging at Kent Hospital. Dr. Hurlburt is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. 

Alice Y. Kim, MD, FACC

Alice Kim, MD, FACC, is co-director of Women's Heart Health at Women & Infants and director of Care New England's Advanced Valvular Heart Disease Clinic and a cardiologist on staff at Memorial, Kent and Brigham and Women's hospitals. 

Chester M. Hedgepeth, lll,, MD, PhD

Chester Hedgepeth III, MD, PhD, serves as executive chief of cardiology for Care New England, as well as chief of cardiology at Kent and Memorial hospitals. Dr. Hedgepeth is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and has a special interest in the management of cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure. 

Jennifer F. Jarbeau, MD

Jennifer F. Jarbeau, MD, is a non-invasive cardiologist with Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England and sees patients at Women’s Heart Health of Women & Infants and Kent Hospital. She is board certified in general cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac echocardiography.

Care New England Heart Health Locations

Kent Hospital

390 Toll Gate Road, Suite 205
Warwick, RI 02886
P: (401) 681-4996
E: cardio@carene.org

Memorial Hospital

111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02863
P: (401) 729-2262
E: cardio@carene.org

Women & Infants Hospital

90 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 681-4996
E: cardio@carene.org