Innovations in Cardiac Care

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Our doctors at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute are drivers of innovation in heart care. There are several areas of focus where our research and passion have transformed heart care treatment. Our goal is to provide patient care where technology supports cardiac services, surgery is less invasive and imaging delivers real-time information. These advances allow for the best possible decisions in the operating room and cardiac catheterization suite in urgent and emergent situations.

Some examples of our innovations include:

Excellence in LVAD Care

Left ventricular assists devices, also known as LVADs, are small, implantable medical devices that support diseased or damaged heart muscle.  Our doctors were instrumental in progressing research to successfully implant and manage LVADs.  Our patients have a survival rate of more than 90 percent at one year.  The two-year survival rate is trending in the same direction.Left ventricular assists devices, also known as LVADs, are small, implantable medical devices that support diseased or damaged heart muscle.  Our doctors were instrumental in progressing research to successfully implant and manage LVADs.  Our patients have a survival rate of more than 90 percent at one year.  The two-year survival rate is trending in the same direction.

Learn more about LVAD.

Aortic Stenosis Treatment: The TAVR Procedure

The TAVR procedure (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a clinical trial examining a procedure to treat patients with aortic stenosis who are too ill to undergo traditional surgery.  Patients who received this procedure did much better than patients who received medication alone and their mortality rate dropped by 20 percent.  The Heart Institute’s physicians are continuing their research in the clinical trial. 

Learn more about TAVR.

Heart Attack Treatment: Rapid Communication from the Field

Our patients can count on rapid communication and seamless interaction among caregivers, from emergency transport to the operating room. Our cardiac team has a refined “Code Heart” approach to activate the Catheterization Lab team, in an effort to minimize heart muscle damage to patients who are experiencing a heart attack.

Learn more about MedStar Rapid Transport and Cardiac Catheterization.

Progressive Cardiac Imaging

Our cardiac imaging specialists are dedicated to advancing cardiac imaging in the areas of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and nuclear cardiology. Our continuing research provides our doctors with sharper, real-time imaging, quickly giving them information they need to make the best decisions for patient care.

Learn more about Cardiovascular Imaging.

Location Information

If you are a patient, call our referral and appointment line: 844-333-3627
If you are a physician, call our consultation line: 202-877-7777
 
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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