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Cardiac Services

When it comes to your heart, every second counts.

If you think you are experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1.

Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you can become an active bystander to save a life - even if it's yours. You can also learn how to administer Hands-Only CPR before help arrives.

For cardiac treatment you can trust, Saint Mary’s offers advanced, award-winning care. Saint Mary's has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). We are one of only two hospitals in Connecticut-and the only one in Waterbury-to achieve this recognition. You’ll also find that we offer technologically advanced diagnostic testing and treatments, supportive cardiac rehabilitation and comprehensive education.

A Full Spectrum of Care

Services include:

About Surgery & Treatment

Saint Mary’s offers a full spectrum of advanced cardiac procedures, including:

  • Angioplasty (both elective & emergency) is performed by a team of experienced interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular technicians, invasive specialists and registered nurses in Saint Mary’s two cardiac catheterization labs.
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacement surgery and thoracic aneurysm repair are performed in our dedicated cardiovascular operating room, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
  • During recovery, you or your loved one will find an exceptional team of nurses who provide “one stop, post-op” care in our Cardiovascular Unit.

About Inpatient Care

Saint Mary’s Telemetry Unit provides care for patients who are experiencing cardiac arrhythmias, have sustained a heart attack or are struggling with chronic heart failure. This 20-bed unit is staffed by cardiac nurses who work seamlessly with our cardiologists. Each patient is carefully monitored, especially those with cardiac devices such as pacemaker and defibrillators.

The care provided by the Telemetry Unit has been nationally recognized for excellence by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. This recognition is shared by our exceptional team in the Cardiovascular Unit. In fact, Saint Mary's has been recognized as a leader in the state of Connecticut for our prompt care in lifesaving procedures such as angioplasty. Together we are achieving exceptional outcomes for our cardiac patients and their families.

About Rehabilitation, Wellness & Support

After a cardiac event, you can maintain and improve your hearth health by participating in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program, a medically-supervised program designed to help you recover from a cardiac event and enhance your quality of life. Our program is specially designed for patients who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, valve surgery, angina, angioplasty or other cardiac procedures. Our Cardiac Rehab team will work with you to crate a program specific to your goals and needs. The program includes:

  • EKG monitored exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Support
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Increased quality of life
  • A chance to exercise with other heart patients who share your experience

You are welcome to join our group exercise program, which meets at the hospital 3 times per week for up to 12 weeks.

After 12 weeks, you may opt to join our Wellness Program for a small monthly fee with the comfort of knowing that our team is here for you. Physician referrals are required for both programs. For more information, call us at 203-709-6202.

A Gold Standard of Care

It’s about giving you the best care possible, close to home.

When it comes to cardiac quality, the American Heart Association sets the gold standard for care. Since 2007, Saint Mary’s Hospital has consistently been recognized by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other organizations for outstanding care of heart attack and heart failure patients. These achievements are the result of our commitment to continuous quality improvement through our involvement in the national Get With The Guidelines Program and NCDR Action Registry, and our role as one of the nation's first ACC Patient Navigator hospitals. This recognition indicates that Saint Mary’s is dedicated to providing the best cardiac care in the country for our patients.

2016 Gold Performance Achievement Award ACTION Registry GWTG Seal

American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center accreditation logo

*Saint Mary's Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for eight consecutive quarters in ACTION Registry-GWTG and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2016 award. ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. For more information about ACTION Registry-GWTG, visit

Find more information on living with heart problems in our online health library.

Learn more from our cardiac experts

Medically SpeakingAs Featured on WATR Radio

When doctors talk about heart attacks, they often refer to door-to-balloon time. Dr. Rebecca Scandrett, interventional cardiologist, explains why that’s so important and how Saint Mary’s is working with EMS providers in the community to quickly diagnose and treat heart attacks.

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What does a heart attack feel like? Dr. Rebecca Scandrett, interventional cardiologist, describes the classic symptoms and what to watch out for.

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Planning to shovel snow? Make sure you have baby aspirin in the house. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Rebecca Scandrett explains why.

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Do women experience heart attack symptoms that are different from men? We asked Dr. Rebecca Scandrett, Waterbury’s only female interventional cardiologist, to tell us.

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