Cardiology at Virginia Hospital Center has your best interest… at heart. We provide exceptional services that encompass the full range of care—from prevention and patient education to detection and diagnosis, to comprehensive treatment options that include both medicinal therapies and minimally invasive surgical interventions.
The heart conditions treated by Cardiology at Virginia Hospital Center include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- High Cholesterol
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
Diagnostic of Cardiovascular Disease
Most people who die of cardiovascular disease have no symptoms—or don't recognize the symptoms—until they have a fatal heart attack or stroke. Detecting heart disease before it strikes is a complex process. It requires the best available technology and the most experienced medical experts.
Working with the area's finest cardiologists, we provide a full array of diagnostic procedures. Our tools help us detect potential heart disease as early as possible—the best hope of preventing serious complications:
- Louise Sands Olmstead Cardiac Catheterization Lab is one of the first networked digital cardiac catheterization laboratories in Northern Virginia. It is equipped with the Allura Xper FD10 X-ray system from Philips
- Heart Station provides cardiac stress testing, advanced heart imaging studies, a full array of echocardiogram imaging, and Holter monitors to track heart function for up to 24 hours
- Radiology Imaging
In addition to it, our diagnostic support also includes:
If we detect cardiovascular disease, we have a comprehensive range of treatment programs to help you:
For blocked arteries, our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory — unique in the Washington, DC area — treats more than 800 patients annually. But heart disease is about far more than blocked arteries.
- Conventional cardiac catheterizations via the femoral artery in the groin
- Radial catheterizations that access the heart via the radial artery in the wrist
- Cryoablation, in which an ablation catheter cooled to -70°C is used to disable heart cells that are causing an irregular heartbeat
Electrophysiology (EP) procedures
We know this and are well versed in treating other cardiac diseases and disorders, including congestive heart failure, congenital heart defects, and arrhythmia. Led by nationally recognized electrophysiologists using the latest tools and treatments, our Electrophysiology Department performs 400 procedures per year, implanting pacemakers and defibrillators, prescribing medication, and providing treatments that regulate heartbeat-helping you lead a full, healthy, more active life.
Surgical Options include cardiac bypass surgery, balloon angioplasties and atents, TAVRNEW and other procedures
- Cardiac Bypass Surgery
Half of individuals who have cardiac bypass surgery end up needing a second bypass surgery within ten years due to an additional build-up of plaque in the arteries. However, not all patients are candidates for repeat bypass procedures - particularly those who have diabetes, kidney problems or heart damage.
- Balloon Angioplasties and Stents
Angioplasty is an alternative treatment option, although it too has risks. Opening a clogged blood vessel and inserting a stent (a brace made of metal wiring that keeps the vascular wall from closing) can dislodge additional plaque, sending it downstream into smaller blood vessels. This can lead to angina and severe discomfort, or at worst, a potentially fatal heart attack. Virginia Hospital Center is one of only a few medical centers in the region offering a new technology that eliminates this "down-stream effect." Known as SAFER (Saphenous Vein Graft Angioplasty Free of Emboli Randomized), the procedure involves the temporary inflation of a small balloon near the section of artery that's clogged. As plaque is surgically removed from the wall of the artery, the balloon blocks free-floating particles that might otherwise progress into smaller blood vessels. Once the particles have been sucked out, the balloon is deflated and removed.
- To learn more about surgical skill, quality of care and commitment to patient education are hallmarks of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, CLICK HERE.