Within the last three decades, A. Kim Saal, M.D., Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Mount Auburn Hospital, has seen the tremendous breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases. Even more rewarding for him is bringing these advancements to his patients in a state-of-the-art center at Mount Auburn Hospital.
With the help of generous patients, friends, family and community members, Mount Auburn Hospital opened The Saal Family Cardiovascular Center in 2008 in honor of Dr. Saal for his continued dedication to his patients.
“I view my colleagues, coworkers and patients as part of my family,” says Dr. Saal. “It’s a tremendous honor to have those feelings reciprocated and be part of a center that is improving the lives of our community.”
Inside The Center
The Saal Family Cardiovascular Center offers full-service cardiovascular care. “When you have any questionable symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or fatigue, your primary care physician will refer you to us,” says Dr. Saal. “Then, we perform diagnostic tests, like stress tests, electrocardiograms, ultrasounds or heart monitoring, to determine if there is a heart condition.”
No matter how minor or complex the heart problem may be, clinicians at The Saal Family Cardiovascular Center can connect you with the right specialist at Mount Auburn Hospital, such as an interventional cardiologist or a cardiovascular surgeon. Once the underlying causes of the symptoms are treated, the Center has cardiac rehabilitation to safely train you into an active, healthy lifestyle.
A special kind of care
Advancements in cardiac treatments often result in quicker recoveries and shorter hospital stays. “However, because patients are spending less time in the hospital, it’s our responsibility to spend more time engaging them as out-patients, promoting medication compliance, a healthy diet, exercise and smoking cessation,” says Dr. Saal. “Thanks to our culture at Mount Auburn Hospital, we’re able to provide personalized attention to our patients throughout the continuum of their care.”
Dr. Saal believes Mount Auburn Hospital is extraordinary because of its core mission. “Mount Auburn Hospital is driven by patient care and education,” he explains. “We are able to provide incredibly personalized care with consistently smooth communication between patients, practitioners and specialists. While at the same time, we use the most advanced techniques and are able to treat the most complex illnesses.”
Find a primary care physician that can help you keep your heart strong. Call 617-499-5094.