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Seema Boesky Heart Center at Northern Westchester Hospital

Discover why this center, which includes a brand new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, is nothing short of a regional Center of Excellence for cardiac care…now just minutes away.

Until now, if you or a family member in northern Westchester or Putnam had a heart attack and called 911, chances are you’d be taken to Danbury Hospital or Stamford Hospital in Connecticut or Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. 

Now, all that has changed for you, your family and friends.

We’re bringing the renowned cardiac expertise of Lenox Hill Hospital to Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties

Our cath lab, which is part of the Seema Boesky Heart Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility where cardiac specialists diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, such as various types of heart attack, using tiny flexible tubes called catheters to access the heart and coronary (heart) blood vessels. Our physicians who perform these surgical procedures are called interventional cardiologists because through the use of catheters they “intervene” on arteries to remove the blockages causing heart problems.

Time is essential in treating cardiac emergencies

In fact, every second you’re left untreated means more damage to your heart muscle. The sooner your blocked vessel is opened up, the better the chance for an excellent outcome. That’s why having this lifesaving service at Northern Westchester Hospital is critical.

Having the ability to perform cardiac catheterization right here, at Northern Westchester Hospital, is a boon for those with heart disease. When every second counts, residents can feel confident that we’re here – and we’re ready – right in their backyard. 

We’re proud to provide advanced cardiac care in the place your heart calls home

We’re now caring for all cardiac emergencies, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, in the newest cath lab in the state. We’re treating coronary artery disease, which is the narrowing or blockage of one or more arteries carrying oxygenated blood to the heart. Though called a “disease,” it is really a spectrum of conditions, including:   

  • Chronic stable angina: Though you feel fine moving about, you feel a heaviness in the chest when you run. The sensation goes away when you stop running.
  • Angina with unstable symptoms: You experience heart pain at rest or with minimal exertion that continues to get worse.
  • Acute coronary syndrome: You are about to have a heart attack.
  • Heart attack – in reality, this is a spectrum: from a small heart attack caused by blockage or narrowing in a branch of an artery which causes chest discomfort to a massive heart attack resulting from blockage of such a key spot in a coronary artery that the heart fails to pump blood.
  • Congestive heart failure: Because your heart can’t pump blood well enough, fluid backs up into the lungs. Picture a sink that overflows.

In addition, while 90 percent of our community’s cases will be treated at our lab, the 10 percent of patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease requiring bypass surgery or with valve problems requiring replacement will be scheduled at Lenox Hill. This means you and your family receive comprehensive and seamless cardiac care at the highest level, no matter the issue.

Experts at Healing Hearts

Our cath lab is an extension of Lenox Hill Hospital, a nationally renowned cardiac services program. (Lenox Hill is part of Northwell Health, as is Northern Westchester Hospital.) This means that our community now has access to one of the best cardiac care programs in the country.

Our four interventional cardiologists will continually rotate through Lenox Hill and our facility to maintain the highest level of skill and quality. This connection means that our patients – you and your loved ones – will receive care from some of the nation’s top cardiac physicians, each of whom has extensive training in high-risk cases. The level of care at our cath lab will be equivalent to that at New York City’s most distinguished, high-profile cardiac programs.

Meet our interventional cardiologists…

The skill level of our cath lab nurses and techs are second to none.

All of our cardiac cath nurses are critical-care-trained, and our angiographic technicians receive specialized training that takes standard radiology expertise to the next level.

“It is an honor and a privilege to work with such highly motivated and caring nurses and angiographic techs. The team has already helped save lives. I’m extremely honored to have these experienced clinicians on my team.” – Dr. Carl Reimers, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Northern Westchester Hospital

Coordinated care

Our 1,709-square-foot space is located on the second floor of our main building, adjacent to the ambulatory surgery area. It’s right next to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with which it closely coordinates care. Our Medical/Surgical ICU recently received an AACN Beacon Award-Gold for Excellence. The award, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, recognizes exceptional patient care and optimal outcomes.

Our ICU is one of two Medical/Surgical ICU’s within the Northwell system to achieve Gold status; and one of two hospitals in New York State in the Medical/Surgical ICU category with Gold Level recognition.

Restored Confidence with Cardiac Rehabilitation

After treatment for a cardiac event such as a heart attack, a patient’s personal recovery goals are usually simple yet extremely meaningful: “I’d like to be able to walk up the stairs without having to rest.” “I want to walk with my grandchildren in the park and not slow them down.” “I’d love to ride my bike around my neighborhood again.” These are the things that make life special — and the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Northern Westchester Hospital makes them achievable. How does that happen?

Learn more about Cardiac Rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital…

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Chappaqua Crossing is Northern Westchester Hospital’s state-of-the-art program that helps you build strength, capacity and a heart-healthy lifestyle so you can reconnect with the things you love.

With the opening of the Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Seema Boesky Heart Center, comprehensive cardiac care in Westchester is now seamless and more convenient than ever. If you suffer a cardiac emergency, you’ll be treated at our cath lab, after which you’ll receive a direct referral to get the crucial follow-up care you need at our cardiac rehabilitation program. You’re a candidate if you’ve suffered a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, heart valve repair or replacement, heart transplantation, coronary stenting or heart failure

Perhaps surprisingly, a key benefit of the program is restored confidence. After a cardiac emergency, any pain in your chest area may cause anxiety that another cardiac event is happening. This is completely understandable and very common. However, these fears typically go away during or after cardiac rehabilitation as patients see undeniable evidence of their gains in strength and stamina. Activities like walking uphill on the treadmill, riding the bike, or using the rowing machine give them great confidence.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced risk factors for heart disease
  • Increased  capacity and muscle strength to carry out daily activities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved nutrition thanks to new knowledge about healthy choices
  • Increased knowledge about heart disease—knowledge you’ll put to immediate use

Your safety is our top priority

To keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that everyone in our facility wears a mask. On your first visit, you’ll be asked to have a COVID-19 test. After the initial test, you’ll fill out a COVID-19 screening questionnaire each time you visit the center. Inside the gym, machines are placed at least six feet apart and we ask that you wear gloves and a mask while using the equipment. All equipment is thoroughly disinfected after each use. We provide you with single-use bottled water at each visit, and send all educational materials to your email, avoiding paper contact.

Learn more about outpatient cardiac rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital

Heart-Healthy Content from our Experts


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Dr. Catanese
Chief of Cardiology
Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Carl D. Reimers
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Northern Westchester Hospital
Northwell Cardiology Service Line Director
Westchester County

Dr. Garvey Rene
Associate Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Craig Basman
Interventional Cardiologist
Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Umar S Rashid
Interventional Cardiologist
Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Varinder Singh
Senior Vice President, Cardiology, Western Region
Northwell Health
Chair, Cardiovascular Services
Lenox Hill Hospital
Assistant Professor of Cardiology
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Pat Soriano, DNP, RN, MSN, APRN-BC
Patient Care Manager Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Northern Westchester Hospital

Pong Wong, MS
Supervisor
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Northern Westchester Hospital