Translating Research into Patient Care
The ability to translate research into direct patient care is what sets the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital apart. By working with NIH and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Suburban Hospital physicians and staff not only participate in groundbreaking research, but also they bring those breakthroughs to the bedside quickly and seamlessly. For example, while correct diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential for the survival of heart attack patients, inexact science results in many patients being prematurely released from hospitals, only to have their heart attacks at home. Scientists involved in the NIH-Suburban Hospital Cardiac Research Initiative have been using normal volunteers and chest-pain patients from Suburban Hospital's Emergency/Trauma Center to evaluate numerous methods to diagnose heart attacks faster and more accurately.
The initial results suggest that MRI technology fulfills that objective, paving the way for faster treatment that could reduce or prevent permanent heart damage. The NIH-Suburban Hospital study lays the groundwork for what could be a dramatic change in how heart attacks are diagnosed and how rapidly patients receive treatment.
In addition, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Keith Horvath, M.D., was among the first in the country to inject adult stem cells into a patient’s heart muscle during cardiac surgery to stimulate new blood vessel growth. Several Suburban Hospital patients have already benefited from this procedure. Read the story of Michael Downs, a patient of Dr. Horvath's who had stem cell treatment after many years of suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Other cardiac research studies include MRI evaluation of patients with aortic stenosis to see if they need valve replacement, and a study looking at non-surgical therapies for post-operative atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery.
Learn more about research studies at Suburban Hospital. For more information or a referral to a cardiologist, please call 855-JHM-3939.