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No one wants to experience a serious cardiac event, but when you do, you want to know that the hospital you go to has all the capabilities to diagnose your condition quickly, treat it effectively and do whatever it takes to be sure you are able to walk out of the hospital on your own and continue to lead a healthy and productive life. UM Capital’s Heart & Vascular Institute was created to do just that.

Our mission is to be a nationally recognized leader in cardiovascular health, providing patients with safe, accessible, compassionate and state-of-the-art care. Our entire model of care is focused on our patients.

For years, UM Capital Region Health has been a designated stroke center, a consistent recipient of the highest national rating for cardiac surgery, a designated chest pain center and CARF-accredited stroke rehabilitation center. With our Heart & Vascular Institute, we have brought all our cardiovascular resources together under one umbrella to better serve our patients and our community while we help combat heart disease – the leading cause of death in Prince George’s County.

In our Heart & Vascular Institute you will find:

  • Dedicated board-certified cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons available 24/7
  • Dedicated and specially trained cardiac nursing staff
  • Dedicated cardiac operating rooms, critical care and inpatient rooms in a single wing of the hospital
  • Universal bed rounding that brings diagnostics to the patient bedside, eliminating the need to move patients around and minimizing risk of falls and infection
  • Advanced diagnostic capabilities including multiple catheterization and electrophysiology labs
  • Advanced treatment options including surgical and minimally invasive techniques
  • Cardiac, pulmonary and stroke rehabilitation centers that begin the process of restoring the patient’s function even before leaving the hospital

We engage a multidisciplinary team of experts in order to put all the necessary experience together in a single place, focused on the patient. This approach means that our specialists are available to immediately review and discuss the patient’s condition so that we can come to treatment consensus quickly, saving valuable time and lives.

Whether you need lifesaving care for a heart attack or stroke or ongoing care for a condition such as coronary artery disease, heart failure or high blood pressure, the Heart & Vascular Institute at UM Capital offers complete heart and vascular care for all cardiac issues. In addition to our on-staff cardiac specialists, our heart surgery team partners with University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center, one of the nation's best cardiac surgery programs. The University of Maryland heart surgeons care for more heart surgery patients than any other program in Maryland.

  • Our quality earned us special accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) for our heart attack care.
  • Our cardiac surgery program is consistently ranked among the top 10 percent of programs nationally by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for exceptional clinical performance for coronary artery bypass surgery.
  • We are certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission for our stroke care expertise.
  • The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have recognized us as a Gold Plus recipient for the Get With the Guidelines ®– Stroke program for consistently applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment protocols for patients and the community.

Heart Conditions

We specialize in:

  • Arrhythmia care: Our electrophysiologists (doctors who specialize in arrhythmias) diagnose and treat heart-rhythm disorders using the latest techniques.
  • Heart surgery: We offer leading-edge care from an expertly trained heart surgery team.
  • Lifesaving heart attack care: We provide prompt, expert care to minimize the effects of a heart attack.
  • Stroke care: Our stroke care team specializes in diagnosing and treating strokes, when every second counts.
  • Vascular care: We offer the latest treatments for diseases that affect the blood vessels, including minimally invasive and limb-saving techniques.

Heart Treatment

Vascular Disease

Our vascular experts treat everything from spider and varicose veins to complex surgeries, to prevent strokes, heart attacks and more. Our surgeons work with cardiologists (heart doctors), imaging specialists and other care team members to evaluate your condition and plan your treatment.

We specialize in:

  • Advanced, limb-saving techniques: We offer expertise in both open and minimally invasive surgery to repair damaged blood vessels, clear blockages, and restore blood flow. Our surgeons can perform complex surgeries to re-route blood flow around blocked areas (bypass surgery) to prevent the need for amputation.
  • Dialysis access: When your kidneys don't work properly, dialysis performs the function of the kidneys using a machine. Your blood is circulated through the machine to clear out waste and excess fluid, then returned to your body. Vascular surgeons make a surgically created vein where your blood is removed and returned during dialysis.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: Our endovascular surgeons use catheter-based techniques - such as angioplasty and stent placement — to repair damaged vessels or remove plaque (a fatty substance). Surgeons use these procedures to prevent and treat heart attacks, strokes, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and other vascular diseases.
  • Thrombolysis: Our vascular experts use special medicines (also called thrombolytic therapy) to dissolve blood clots, including emergency treatment for clots that block blood supply to the brain, heart and lungs.
  • Venous disease treatment: We offer the latest treatments to manage conditions that affect the blood vessels in your legs, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), leg pain due to plaque buildup (claudication), spider and varicose veins, and more.
  • Wound care expertise: Wounds need proper blood supply to heal properly. Vascular surgeons use a variety of techniques to improve circulation and speed healing, which can prevent infection and prevent limb loss.

Vascular specialists work closely with your care team to provide you with comprehensive care.