AVH Cardiologist Receives Certification

AVHAndroscoggin Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel van Buren, Cardiologist, recently became the only echocardiograpy board certified Cardiologist in Coos County. Such certification ensures that AVH has one of the highest quality “echo” programs in the area.

Dr. van Buren, the Medical Director of the New England Heart Institute at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, reads every echocardiogram of patients at AVH in Berlin and Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook. He works closely with Mitzi Riley, longtime Cardiac Sonographer, who ensures that the quality of every echocardiogram is excellent.

“On behalf of the entire staff at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, I congratulate Dr. van Buren on his obtaining this distinguished certification,” commented AVH CEO Russ Keene. “This is just another example of AVH’s commitment to lead the way to a healthier future.”

An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging known as two- dimensional (2-D) Echo. It is capable of displaying a cross-sectional slice of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle Approximately 850 echocardiograms are conducted each year at AVH alone.

For more information about echocardiograms or the New England Heart Institute at AVH, please call (603) 326-5700.