ANGIOPLASTY | After a decade of experience in performing acute coronary angioplasty with the Johns Hopkins C-PORT study, Suburban Hospital's three new catheterization laboratories now enable us to perform elective angioplasty.
These laboratories also provide therapies such as drugeluting stents, electrophysiology studies of the heart, pacemaker implantation and placement of automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillators (AICDs).
Several experienced, community-based cardiologists will use the catheterization laboratories for diagnosis, intervention, and treatment.
These physicians also enjoy the advantages of digital angiography, which provides the highest resolution and detail available. This digital system enables physicians to view films in their offices and even from their homes, through high-security Internet access. Suburban Hospital is one of the first healthcare institutions in the region to offer complete digital access to cardiac studies, ensuring that physicians can view films without delay.
CARDIAC SURGERY | The experienced cardiothoracic team of the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital brings decades of expertise to the program. From perfusionists-highly specialized surgical professionals who operate heart-lung machines-to anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists and cardiac care nurses, the team at Suburban Hospital offers cardiothoracic surgical care that meets exacting standards.
Two digitally integrated cardiac operating suites provide the latest technological tools for use in coronary artery bypass, heart valve replacement and repair, and aortic surgery. After surgery and throughout their stay, patients receive highly specialized post-operative care by the registered nurses in Suburban Hospital's 20-bed cardiothoracic surgical unit.
From admission to discharge, patients, their families and referring physicians are kept fully informed. Patients will see the cardiac surgeon not only at two weeks post-surgery, which is standard, but also six weeks after surgery. These follow-up visits allow for proactive care to speed healing and recovery.
In the future, the NIH Heart Center surgeons will have access to intraoperative MRI imaging and robotics to guide more complex operations, allowing the performance of beating heart valve repairs and replacements. The clinicians will also evaluate new ways to use gene therapy and cell transplantation to treat heart failure.
For more information about the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital, call 301.896.7610.