Advanced care from an experienced heart team
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Our cardiac surgeons are among the best in the mid-Atlantic region and among the finest in the country. We’re one of the highest-volume centers in the area for heart surgery, performing about 2,300 procedures a year, which translates into better outcomes for our patients.
We have a long history of creating and testing new surgical techniques and technologies, including minimally invasive procedures. This puts us at the leading edge of the most advanced, effective and efficient care.
The MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute team is ranked high by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons in all three ranked categories: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic valve replacement and combined CABG and AVR. MedStar Washington Hospital Center received the highest three-star rating in all three categories, an achievement shared by an elite group of less than 5 percent of cardiac surgery centers in the United States and Canada. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s team received two stars in each of the three categories.
Our doctors perform nearly 50 percent of these procedures as off-pump bypass surgeries (beating-heart bypass), which we helped develop and perfect in the 1990s. This technique has a lower risk of complications, as well as a shorter hospital stay and recovery. In addition, our patients have access to clinical trials in which we test the newest methods of treating heart conditions.
Our sophisticated information management and communications capabilities are powerful resources for integrating our services and locations, from enabling real-time sharing of patient images and data to supporting electronic medical records. This means our patients receive advanced cardiac care no matter at which of our locations they seek care.
After surgery, our cardiac rehabilitation team works with patients to build back strength and lower the risk of future heart problems by helping them live a healthy lifestyle.
Procedures and treatments
Our surgeons work closely with other heart care experts, including cardiac imaging specialists, interventional cardiologists and nurses, to provide personalized surgical care for each patient. We regularly treat conditions such as:
Our surgeons also perform complex procedures such as: