MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center long ago earned the reputation as the best cardiovascular program in the region. In January, 2013, the Heart & Vascular Institute forged a new and unique alliance with the nation's #1 heart program, the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The very best heart programs—regionally and nationally—thus joined forces to further strengthen the Washington region's premier destination for heart care, which has a well-known history of achievement.
Forty years ago, our doctors created a better way to treat sudden cardiac events by launching the region's first Code Blue System. Then we opened the area's first Coronary Care Unit, performed the region's first open-heart surgery, opened an advanced cardiac catheterization lab—now among the busiest in the nation—and performed the District's first heart transplant.
Today, Heart & Vascular Institute physicians have made such advances that we can replace heart valves through an artery without opening the chest. And we can remotely diagnose heart attacks—miles away—instantaneously using the Code Heart mobile application developed by a MedStar physician and a national cell phone company.
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute's latest milestone is due to both its past strengths and its forward thinking approach.
What Does this Alliance Mean for Patients?
Our alliance with Cleveland Clinic means even better heart care for our patients throughout the mid-Atlantic. We treat more patients in almost every category of cardiac care than anyone else in the region. Together—MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and Cleveland Clinic—we have seen it all, we have experienced it all. And research shows that more experience yields better outcomes.
The Proof is in the Numbers
Our mortality rate for cardiac surgery is a full 1/3 lower than what is usually expected for the kinds of critically ill patients we often treat. Through our new alliance with Cleveland Clinic, we will be working to improve upon these already exceptional results.
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