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More Advanced Heart Procedures Now Available at Backus Hospital

The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute continues to add more advanced procedures for cardiac patients in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Paras Bhatt, Medical Director of Electrophysiology in the East Region, inserted an implantable biventricular defibrillator in an 80-year-old patient who had ischemic cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle) at Backus Hospital on...


Radiation Safety: What You Need to Know Before Imaging Tests

If your physician orders imaging services for you — whether X-ray, MRI, CT Scan or PET scan — you might wonder how safe is it to be exposed to radiation. Radiation safety is an important part of the health care process, closely regulated by medical physicists. At Hartford HealthCare, that...


New Treatment for Men Diagnosed with Enlarged Prostate

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is known more commonly as an enlarged prostate – and there’s a new treatment option for men who have been given this diagnosis. Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute urologist Dr. Abram D’Amato has details. Q: What is an enlarged prostate? A: An enlarged prostate is...


Backus Trauma Center Reverified as Level III Facility

The Trauma Center at Backus Hospital has been reverified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The achievement recognizes the center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. David Coletti, MD, director of Trauma at Backus Hospital, said being “trauma strong” is a...


The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

Clinical trials are the means by which doctors and researchers work toward providing newer, better and more innovative health care treatments. This is especially true as the health care community works toward treating cancer. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is...