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.
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.
Our areas of specialization include:
CardiologyDiagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels
Cardiac SurgerySurgical procedures that involve the heart or the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart
ElectrophysiologyDiagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation
Heart Failure and TransplantationTreatment of all stages of heart failure, including ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation
Interventional CardiologyMinimally invasive treatment for heart attacks and structural heart disorders
Heart Valve DiseaseOur multi-disciplinary team specializes in diagnosing and treating heart valve issues
Vascular SurgerySurgical treatment for conditions that affect the veins, arteries, and lymphatic vessels throughout the body
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.
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
- 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 PressureUncontrolled 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.
DiabetesUnmanaged 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 & ExerciseWhen you’re overweight, your heart works harder. Exercise can help lower weight and also strengthen the heart.
TobaccoSmoking 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.
AlcoholWhile 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 NeglectIf 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.
StressChronic, 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.
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.