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Hearth Health & Cardiovascular Medicine

Your island home for heart health



Even 30 miles at sea, your heart is in good hands. Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s cardiovascular health services include diagnostic, treatment, and ongoing care options that can save you the time and expense of leaving the island. More importantly, they could save your life. Through partnerships with Massachusetts General Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, our cardiology clinic brings some of the finest specialists in the region to Nantucket. Dr. Joseph Garasic, the medical director of MGH’s cardiac access unit, and Dr. Richard Zelman, a specialist in interventional cardiology at Cape Cod Hospital, see island patients at Nantucket Cottage Hospital on a monthly basis. In addition, Dr. Francis Weld, an island-based cardiologist, offers patient consults three times per month on Nantucket. Our diagnostic imaging services, including heart and vascular ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans, are often part of a cardiovascular evaluation and are read remotely by some of the finest radiologists and echocardiographers in the world at MGH. We also offer cardiac rehabilitation, a supervised exercise and education program for patients who have suffered a recent cardiac event.

Our cardiology program services include:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT)
  • Heart ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound

Please contact the NCH specialty clinic coordinator at (508) 825-8377 to make an appointment to see Dr. Weld. For an appointment with Dr. Zelman, please call (508) 862-5050. For appointments with Dr. Garasic, please call (617) 726-0712. You may also see the current schedule on the NCH Clinician Calendar.

Meet our Team

Meet our Team

Treatment Programs

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Good Health Starts With Your Heart

The foundation for good health starts with your heart, and as the island’s sole health care provider, we recognize the importance of heart health as the cornerstone of your overall wellness. That’s why Nantucket Cottage Hospital offers a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program that features exercise, education and counseling provided by our medical professionals. Under the direction of Dr. Diane Pearl and Katie DeHertogh, BSN, RN-BC, CEN, CCRP, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital cardiac rehabilitation team collaborates with you to develop an individualized care plan to manage and minimize heart disease. Combine that with the nutrition expertise of Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s registered dietician Suzanne Davis, and the care you will receive from our team is second to none.


Dr. Joseph Garasic

Dr. Garasic, a cardiologist at Mass General and consulting staff member at NCH, described the cardiology services available on Nantucket during an interview with N Magazine

“Despite its small size, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has done an exemplary job of caring for the heart and vascular needs of an island population that fluctuates widely in number depending on the season.”

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