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Carlos Mena-Hurtado, MD

Interventional Cardiology
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Patient type treated
Adult
Accepting new patients
Yes
Referral required
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Board Certified in
Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology

Biography

Carlos Mena, MD, is an interventional cardiologist, Director of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Program, and the Co-director of the Vascular Medicine Outcomes Program (VAMOS) at Yale Medicine. He specializes in using minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions in the heart and peripheral vascular system.

Minimally invasive procedures allow doctors to deliver therapies to patients through a catheter threaded through a specific artery, rather than opening the patient’s chest and performing open heart surgery. These procedures allow patients to recover faster and return to their normal lives more quickly. “It’s very gratifying that we’re able to completely change someone’s outcomes within minutes,” says Dr. Mena.

Dr. Mena arrived at Yale for his medical internship in 2001 and stayed on as a resident. He continued at Yale as a fellow, and was recruited to run the vascular medicine program in 2010. Over the years, Dr. Mena has built up the program’s clinical and research programs to be one of the best in the country.

In order to treat his patients effectively, Dr. Mena believes in developing strong relationships with them so that they can feel comfortable telling him about their conditions and asking him questions. “I want them to know that I genuinely care,” he says. “It also allows patients to really get to what is bothering them, what the real issues are, and how best to fix them.”

Dr. Mena also believes in explaining conditions and treatments in easy-to-understand language. As an example, a metaphor that Dr. Mena likes to use for himself is that of a plumber. “That’s something patients can relate to,” he says. “There is a blockage, and I’m going to do it like a plumber would—we’ll go in and fix it.”

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Mena and his colleagues at the peripheral vascular disease program conduct research on treatments for carotid stenosis, a condition that narrows the blood vessels in the neck that carry blood from the heart to the brain, and limb ischemia, a condition that causes severe blockage in the arteries of the lower extremities.

Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Director CME, Section of Cardiology, Internal Medicine
  • Co-Director Limb Preservation Program, Yale New Haven Health System
  • Honorary Clinical Reader in Centre, Clinical Pharmacology in the William Harvey Research Institute
  • Co-Director Vascular Outcomes Program, Internal Medicine
  • Primary Member, Yale Institutional Review Board
  • Medical Director Vascular Medicine - YNHH, Internal Medicine

Education & Training

  • Advanced Interventional Cardiology fellowship: Coronary and Peripheral Vascular Interventions
    Yale- New Haven Hospital / Yale University (2010)
  • Cardiology Fellowship
    Yale-New Haven Hospital / Yale University (2008)
  • Chief Medical Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital / Yale University (2006)
  • Residency
    Yale-New Haven Hospital / Yale University (2005)
  • Internship
    Yale-New Haven Hospital / Yale University (2003)
  • MD
    University of Antioquia Medical School (1999)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Español (Spanish)

Additional Information

  • Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
    365 Montauk Avenue
    New London, CT, 06320
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    20 York Street
    New Haven, CT, 06510
  • Cardiovascular Services of Greenwich, PC
    Greenwich Hospital
    55 Holly Hill Lane, Ste Suite 240
    Greenwich, CT, 06830
  • Lawrence & Memorial Physicians
    Lawrence + Memorial Physicians - Cardiology, Waterford
    196 Parkway South, Ste Suite 103
    Waterford, CT, 06385
  • Yale Heart and Vascular Outpatient Services
    84 North Main Street, Fl 2
    Branford, CT, 06405