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Innovative and comprehensive cardiology care

A leader in advanced cardiac care

We’re dedicated to bringing our patients the tools and care they need to live a heart-healthy life. Through our MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, we're continually moving cardiovascular care forward both regionally and nationally. Featuring clinical research, better diagnostic tools, and advanced treatments, everything about the program is patient focused.

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Benefits from the latest innovation and research

Local access to experienced specialists

Our team of 200 MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute physicians treat thousands of patients each year. With offices throughout central and southern Maryland, the District of Columbia, and northern Virginia, you always have convenient, local access to expert cardiac care. Ask for a location near you when you call for your appointment.

Experts in the treatment of heart disease

High quality, successful treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. Our physicians take time to listen to you, thoroughly investigate your symptoms, and address any concerns you may have. Once the diagnosis is made, an individualized treatment plan will be created together with you.

The six general areas of specialization in cardiovascular medicine and surgery are: cardiology, cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and structural heart, heart failure and transplantation cardiology, and vascular surgery.

  • Cardiology

    A cardiologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of the cardiovascular system including the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists treat a variety of medical conditions that include, but are not limited to:

MedStar Health cardiovascular medical and surgical sub-specialists include:

  • Cardiac Surgery

    Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart and great vessels which include the aorta, main pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, superior vena cava and inferior vena cava. Cardiac surgeons also perform coronary artery bypass procedures.

  • Electrophysiology

    Electrophysiology is a medical subspecialty that focuses on the electrical system of the heart. Electrophysiologists diagnosis and treat patients with irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, slow heart beats, fast heart beats, and heart flutter.

  • Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart

    Interventional cardiology is a medical subspecialty that diagnoses and treats heart and blood vessels conditions using minimally invasive techniques that are catheter-based rather than open surgical procedures. Interventional cardiologists open blockages in coronary arteries and perform procedures within the structure of the heart.

  • Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiology

    Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiology is a medical specialty where physicians receive advanced training in cardiovascular disease and focus on advanced heart failure. These physicians work closely with cardiac surgeons who also have advanced cardiothoracic surgical training in heart transplant and ventricular device implantation procedures.

  • Vascular Surgery

    Vascular surgery is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the arteries and veins except the heart and brain. Vascular surgeons perform both open and endovascular procedures.

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Are you at risk for heart disease?

Heart disease and strokes account for one out of four deaths in the U.S. each year. Complete our short quiz to assess your cardiovascular health.

What is heart disease?

Although the term refers to a variety of conditions affecting the cardiovascular system, the most common is coronary artery disease. This condition decreases blood flow and can ultimately lead to a heart attack.

Learn more about heart disease

When it comes to cardiovascular disease, any symptoms should be taken seriously. Don’t delay care if you’re experiencing:

  • chest pain, tightness, or heaviness
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • pain in the jaw, neck, or left arm

Risk factors and prevention

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. While there are some factors that you cannot change—such as getting older or your family history—there are ways you can lower your risk.

  • Blood Pressure

    Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to coronary or peripheral artery disease and stroke. Check blood pressure regularly, reduce salt intake, and take any medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Diabetes

    Unmanaged diabetes can cause stroke, heart attack and peripheral artery disease, which can result in loss of vision or limbs. Prevention includes weight control and healthy eating.
  • Weight & Exercise

    When you’re overweight, your heart works harder. Exercise can help lower weight and also strengthen the heart.
  • Tobacco

    Smoking significantly increases your risk of heart disease. It also makes arteries less flexible, which can hinder treatments. Stiffened arteries can resist expansion from catheterization and stents.
  • Alcohol

    While red wine in moderation can have some beneficial effects, higher levels of alcohol consumption can alter liver function, increasing cholesterol levels. Excessive drinking may even cause heart failure.
  • Dental Neglect

    If you have dental issues, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect the heart. Poor dental hygiene can also make plaque and coronary artery disease more aggressive. Be sure to have a dental exam at least twice per year.
  • Stress

    Chronic, persistent, daily stress can take a slow and dangerous toll on your heart. Find ways to relax, whether it’s meditation, going for a walk, or chatting with a friend.

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Complete our short quiz to assess your cardiovascular health.

To request an appointment, call


or click now.

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Most major insurance plans accepted.

Benefit from the latest innovations and research

Our experts at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute are continually learning new techniques. We strive to always be at the forefront of care, providing the latest innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of people with heart disease. The MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network currently has 175 ongoing studies. As a patient, you may have an opportunity to take part in the many heart-related clinical trials.

Breakthrough new technology – Dual Chamber Leadless Pacemaker

On November 6, 2023, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center cardiac electrophysiology team implanted the first commercially available Aveir™ DR Dual Chamber Leadless Pacemaker in the mid-Atlantic region and simultaneously became one of the first centers in the country to offer this novel technology. MedStar Washington is currently among only a select few centers nationwide offering leadless dual-chamber pacemaker therapy. The technology received FDA approval in July 2023

For more information or to schedule a patient consultation, please call 301-458-6111.

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