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Robert Carl Hagberg, MD

Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Hartford Hospital

4.9 /5
49 surveys
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Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Cardiac Surgery, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Endovascular Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Acute Pulmonary Emboli, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Valve Replacement, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Endovascular Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Disease, Heart Valve Surgery, MAZE and Mini MAZE for Atrial Fibrillation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Mini Invasive Aortic and Mitral Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Open Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Open Thoracoabdominal Aortic Surgery, Repair of Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation, Structural Heart Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhospital.org/RobertHagberg

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/heart

Phone

860.696.5520

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Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 919
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.696.5520
    Fax: 860.522.3951


Bio

AN IMPRESSIVE MILESTONE FOR HARTFORD HOSPITAL’S HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE….DOCTORS RECENTLY PERFORMED THEIR 1,000TH PROCEDURE KNOWN AS, TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT OR TAVR, A MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY FOR PATIENTS WITH SEVERE AORTIC STENOSIS.

JOINING IS DR. ROBERT HAGBERG – CHIEF OF CARDIAC SURGERY AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL…

Q. FIRST, WHAT IS AORTIC STENOSIS?

A. AORTIC STENOSIS IS A CONDITION WHERE ONE OF THE HEART VALVES BECOMES THICKENED AND CALCIFIED SO IT DOES NOT OPEN PROPERLY. THIS PUTS STRAIN ON THE HEART AS IT IS PUMPING BLOOD THROUGH A PINHOLE OPENING. THIS IS USUALLY SEEN IN OLDER INDIVIDUALS AND CAN LEAD TO SYMPTOMS SUCH AS SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN, OR EVEN PASSING OUT. FURTHERMORE, WE KNOW THAT WHEN WE REPLACE THE VALVE PATIENTS FEEL BETTER AND THEY LIVE LONGER. TRADITIONALLY THESE PATIENTS WERE TREATED WITH OPEN HEART SURGERY; HOWEVER A NEW TECHNIQUE HAS EMERGED IN THE LAST 17 YEARS KNOWN AS TAVR.

Q. TELL US ABOUT THE TAVR PROCEDURE KNOWN AS … TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT…WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

A. TAVR IS A TECHNIQUE WHEREBY THE VALVE IS REPLACED VIA THE LEG ARTERY USING SMALL INCISIONS. THIS PROCEDURE WAS INITIALLY DEVELOPED TO TREAT PATIENTS WHO HAD AORTIC STENOSIS AND WERE DENIED OPEN HEART SURGERY BECAUSE THEIR RISK FOR SURGERY WAS TOO HIGH. HARTFORD HOSPITAL HAS PERFORMED OVER 1000 TAVRS IN PATIENTS SINCE FDA APPROVAL IN 2011.

Q. HARTFORD HOSPITAL WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HOSPITALS NATIONALLY TO PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY INVOLVING TAVR AND “LOW-RISK” PATIENTS …TELL US ABOUT THE STUDY AND WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED?

A. HARTFORD HOSPITAL WAS AMONG THE ORIGINAL RESEARCH SITES IN THE EDWARDS PARTNER 3 LOW RISK TRIAL. WE ARE ONE OF A SMALL NUMBER OF CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO OFFER CONTINUED ACCESS TO TAVR FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED LOW RISK FOR OPEN HEART SURGERY. THE STUDY'S PRINCIPAL PURPOSE IS TO INVESTIGATE THE LONG-TERM OUTCOMES ASSOCIATED WITH TAVR IN THE LOW RISK POPULATION.

THE RESULTS OF THIS TRIAL DEMONSTRATED THAT TAVR CLINICAL OUTCOMES WERE SUPERIOR OR AT LEAST AS GOOD AS OPEN HEART SURGERY CLINICAL OUTCOMES OUT TO 1 YEAR. THE RESULTS OF THIS LOW RISK STUDY WAS PUBLISHED IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE A FEW WEEKS AGO.

ALTHOUGH THE PARTNER 3 TRIAL WAS OVERWHELMING POSITIVE, LOW RISK TAVR WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO ACHIEVE APPROVAL BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW FOR WIDESPREAD COMMERCIAL USE.

WHILE THE FDA HAS NOT YET APPROVED TAVR IN LOW RISK PATIENTS, WE HAVE ACCESS TO ENROLL LOW RISK PATIENTS IN OUR STUDY AND ALLOW THEM TO HAVE TAVR IF DEEMED APPROPRIATE CANDIDATES.

Q. THE CARDIAC TEAM AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL HAS BEEN PERFORMING TAVR FOR “HIGH-RISK” PATIENTS FOR MANY YEARS…TELL US ABOUT THAT…AND WHO WOULD BE A CANDIDATE FOR HIGH AND LOW-RISK TAVR PROCEDURES…

A. HERE AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL PATIENTS ARE EVALUATED BY A HEART TEAM CONSISTING OF CARDIAC SURGEONS AND CARDIOLOGISTS. OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS, WE HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE LARGEST TAVR PROGRAMS IN NEW ENGLAND. THROUGH OUR HEART TEAM APPROACH WE ARE ABLE TO IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE CANDIDATES FOR TAVR AS WELL AS PATIENTS WHO MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR OPEN HEART SURGERY. WE WORK WITH PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH A PROCESS KNOWN AS SHARED DECISION MAKING TO FIND THE RIGHT PROCEDURE BASED ON THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS AS WELL AS THEIR GOALS AND PREFERENCES. THANK YOU DR. HAGBERG FOR SHARING THIS GREAT INFORMATION.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE OR NEED A CARDIOLOGIST CALL 1-855-HHC-HERE.

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Education

Medical School

  • Stanford University School of Medicine MD

Residency

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery

Fellowship

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Research
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Undergraduate

  • Stanford University BS, Chemistry

Graduate School

  • Stanford University, MS, Biology

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Surgery, Assistant Clinical Professor

Professional Organizations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member


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Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.



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