Rafique Ahmed

Rafique AhmedRafique Ahmed, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Chesapeake CardioVascular Associates. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Ahmed is an experienced researcher and regularly participates as an investigator on clinical trials. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such asCardiology, British Heart Journal, and the American Heart Journal, and he is a frequent speaker at cardiology conferences. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Heart Association and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. Dr. Ahmed is fluent in English, Bengali, and Japanese and is certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Ahmed completed his medical degree at Nagasaki University Graduate School of Medicine, in Nagasaki, Japan. He completed residencies in Medicine at Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, NY, and at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. He then completed a Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Research Interests

Dr. Ahmed's research interests include

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ablation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation

Selected Research

Efficacy and Safety of the Oral Direct Thrombin Inhibitor H 376/95 Compared with Dose-Adjusted Warfarin (Coumadin) in the Prevention of Stroke and Systemic Embolic Events in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (SPORTIF V)

Dr. Ahmed is a site principal investigator on this study sponsored by Astra-Zeneca. This trial was designed to study whether an alternative drug to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation would have fewer side effects.

Atrial Fibrillation Follow-Up Investigation of Rhythm Management (AFFIRM)

Dr. Ahmed was a principal investigator on this study of patients with atrial fibrillation. This trial was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

Sutton R, Travill C, Fitzpatrick A, Ahmed R, Gibbs S, Guneri S, Ingram A. DDDR pacing in severe chronotropic incompetence. New Trends in Arrhythmias 6(1/2):1055, 1990.

Fitzpatrick AF, Ahmed R, Williams S, Sutton R. A randomized trial of medical therapy in 'Malignant Vasovagal Syndrome' or neurally mediated bradycardia-hypotension syndrome. Euro J Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology: 2:99-102, 1991.

Fitzpatrick A, Theodorakis G, Ahmed R, Williams T, Sutton R. Dual chamber pacing aborts vasovagal syncope induced by head-up 60 0 tilt. PACE 14(l):13, 1991.

Hano 0, Mitsuoka T, Matsumoto Y, Ahmed R, Hirata M, Hirata T, Mori M, Yano K, Hashiba K. Arrhythmogenic properties of the ventricular myocardium in cardiomyopathic Syrian hamster, BIO 14.6 strain. Cardiovascular Research 25(l):49, 1991.

Mori H, Ishijima M, Utsunomiya T, Ahmed R, Oku Y, Yano K, Hashiba K, Tamura T, Kanazawa H, Shibuya N. Long-term observation of arrhythmias evaluated by Holter electrocardiogram in patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy - mainly 24-hour total heart beats and ventricular arrhythmias. Shinzo (Heart): 23(12):1335, 1991.

Ahmed R, Gibbs S, Ingram A, Chan S, Sutton R. Pacemaker mediated tachycardia with left retromammary implantation of VVIR (activity sensing) pacemaker. Euro J Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology: 2:144-147, 1992.

Fitzpatrick AF, Williams T, Ahmed R, Lightman S, Bloom SR, Sutton R. Echocardiographic and endocrine changes during vasovagal syncope induced by prolonged head up tilt. Euro J Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology: 2:121-128, 1992.

Chamberlain-Weber R, Petersen MEV, Ahmed R, Vardas P, Sutton R. Diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome with Flecainide in patients with normal sinus node recovery times investigated for unexplained syncope. Euro J Cardiac Pacing & Electrophysiology: 2:106-108, 1992.

Ahmed R, Sager PT, Behboodikah M, Singh BN. Dual antegrade bundle pathways and alternating bundle branch block. Am Heart J: 125:1784-1786, 1993.

Stewart A B, Ahmed R, Travill C M, Newman C G H. Coarctation of Aorta: Life and Health 20 - 40 years after surgical repair. British Heart J: 69(l):65-70, 1993.

Verna S, Ahmed S, Gudapati SB, King DW, Meador KJ, Ahmed R. Arrhythmias in neurofibromatosis.Cardiology 95:167-169, 2001.

Book chapters, invited articles, and reviews:

Ahmed R, Singh BN. Anti-arrhythmic drugs. Current Opinion in Cardiology: 8:10-21, 1993

Singh BN, Ahmed R, Sen L. Prolonging cardiac repolarization as an evolving antiarrhythmic principle. In: Escande D, ed: K+ Channel in Cardiovascular Medicine: from Gene to Patient. Springer-Verleg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1993.

Ahmed R, Sager PT. Evaluation and management of drug-induced torsades de pointes. Cardio: 10:46-52, 1993.

Singh BN, Ahmed R. Class III anti-arrhythmic drugs. Current Opinion in Cardiology: 9:12-22, 1994

  • Research Areas
  • Cardiovascular