Procedures

University of Maryland Heart Network’s experienced doctors and surgeons use the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatment procedures. You’ll get the care you need, at a location close to your home thanks to our regional network.

Diagnostic procedures

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) – A graph of your heart's activity made using electrodes attached to your chest
  • Echocardiogram – An image of your beating heart made using ultrasound waves
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – Makes images of you heart valves using and ultrasound device in your esophagus, which is behind your heart
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram – 2D and color-flow Doppler – Measure size and shape of the heart, as well as the speed and direction of blood flow
  • Diagnostic catheterization – Measures blood flow in the heart or veins using a catheter, a small hollow tube (2-3 mm diameter) inserted into arteries of the leg or arm and advanced to the right or left sides of the heart

Treatment procedures

  • Angioplasty – A minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure using a catheter, a long narrow tube, with a balloon that inflates to open blocked arteries and, sometimes, to place a stent, a metal mesh tube that keeps the artery open
  • Heart and lung transplant – Open surgery to replace a diseased heart or lung
  • Pacemaker – An implanted device that electronically controls your heartbeat and keeps it from falling below a preset rate
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – An electronic device that adjusts irregular heart rhythms such as tachycardia (sustained fast heart rate) and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Surgery – We use minimally invasive robotic surgery and open surgery for aortic valve replacement and coronary bypass

Learn more about conditions we treat or find a heart doctor.