Harrison Memorial Hospital Expands Cardiac Care Services with Cutting-Edge Cardiac MRI

Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH) is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its cardiac care services with the introduction of state-of-the-art Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This noninvasive diagnostic tool is a major addition to the hospital's comprehensive cardiology department.

Dr. Yaz Daaboul joined the HMH Medical Staff in July to lead HMH’s Advanced Cardiac Imaging Program, which now has added Cardiac MRI.

Cardiovascular MRI is now available to assess and guide the treatment of patients with a range of heart conditions, including:

• Heart failure and cardiomyopathies

• Myocarditis

• Infiltrative disease

• Valvular heart disease

• Congenital heart disease

• Cardiac masses

• Pericardial disease

Cardiac MRI offers high-resolution images of the heart in motion, allowing physicians to evaluate both the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. This advanced imaging technology is instrumental in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as heart tumors, infections, coronary artery disease, and more. It also helps in planning cardiovascular treatment and monitoring patient progress over time.

Dr. Daaboul, a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Structural and General Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology/Medicine, is a crucial addition to HMH's medical staff. Dr. Daaboul obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, followed by his medical degree from Lebanese American University, Lebanon. He further honed his skills during his medical residency at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, where he also completed a fellowship in Cardiology, during which he served as chief cardiology fellow, and in Advanced Cardiac Imaging. He currently serves as the medical director of the Imaging Core Lab at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute (Baim Research Institute) in Boston, MA. Dr. Daaboul has authored more than 100 original research, publications, abstracts, and book chapters, including Topol’s Textbook of Interventional Cardiology, Braunwald’s Heart Disease companion textbook for Nuclear Cardiology and Multimodal Cardiovascular Imaging, and Springer’s textbook on Quality Measures. His prolific research work has been cited 2000+ times.

Dr. Daaboul's extensive background and training make him exceptionally well-qualified to lead the implementation of cardiac MRI at Harrison Memorial Hospital. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the hospital's cardiology department.

“One of the hallmarks of cardiac MRI is that it doesn't involve radiation exposure, making it a safe and effective diagnostic tool. Patients can expect precise and detailed images of their heart's chambers, valves, and muscles, facilitating accurate diagnoses and treatment plans," says Dr. Daaboul.

According to Dr. Stephen Toadvine, Chief Executive Officer of Harrison Memorial Hospital, "Our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our community is unwavering. The introduction of cardiac MRI is another addition to our cardiac services and reinforces our dedication to staying at the forefront of medical technology and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients."

With the introduction of cardiac MRI, HMH now offers a complete spectrum of cardiac imaging services, including Exercise and Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Tests, nuclear cardiac imaging, echocardiograms, transesophageal 3D echocardiograms, Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA), tilt table tests, Holter monitors, and electrocardiograms. These services, combined with interventional cardiology led by Dr. Matthew Shotwell, make Harrison Memorial Hospital's cardiac services truly comprehensive.

HMH remains dedicated to providing high-quality, patient-centered cardiac care to our community, and the addition of cardiac MRI is a testament to our commitment to staying at the forefront of medical technology.