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Cardiovascular Care at Suburban Hospital

Our specialists at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, provide comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with heart and vascular conditions.

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8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Continuum of Care

Suburban Hospital has provided high-quality diagnostic and treatment services for more than 40,000 patients each year. Our  facilities include:

  • The Eugene B. Casey Center for Diagnostic Cardiology provides accurate diagnostic methods for cardiac disease through clinical and research environments. Some of the diagnostic services provided include:

  • Suburban Hospital is one of the first health institutions in the region to introduce the new 64-slice CT scanner, a tool that shows great promise in advancing the noninvasive diagnosis of coronary disease. 

    This extremely precise scanner can detect plaque in coronary arteries more effectively than other noninvasive diagnostic tools, making it easier to diagnose arterial disease before it leads to heart attacks.

  • Our Shapiro Cardiac Care Units provide quiet, comfortable, private rooms that ensure patients can fully recuperate. Cardiac surgery patients will remain on the same unit from admission to discharge, with the security of continuous monitoring and continuity of care provided by the same nursing staff. For patients undergoing angioplasty, a new short-stay unit will make the recovery process as comfortable and convenient as possible.

    When it is time to transition home, our staff will help arrange for follow-up care. To ensure the fullest possible recovery, our outstanding cardiac rehabilitation experts will begin working with surgical patients prior to discharge.

  • Our medically-supervised cardiac rehabilitation program reduces cardiac disease risk factors by educating patients on how to exercise safely, eat heart-healthy meals and manage stress.
    Rehabilitation therapists and nurses design individualized exercise programs to help cardiac patients recover, gain strength and work toward their best possible health.

    In addition to supervising the exercise program, the staff also monitors patients' blood pressure and medications. Nutritionists help patients with meal planning to improve their diets, while patient educators and therapists address issues such as stress and depression.


Community Resources

To help our community's senior residents remain healthy, HeartWell, which is funded by the Suburban Hospital Foundation, provides one-to-one patient education to improve heart health and prevent further heart disease. Nurse educators check and track blood pressure and blood sugar for participants at senior centers throughout the region. HeartWell also offers programs on nutrition, gait and balance screening and exercise classes.

Suburban Hospital also offers a wide range of public education classes and activities through WellWorks, a health and wellness outreach service. Some WellWorks services include: weight management, healthy cooking and fitness courses, stress management, programs on allergies, back and spine health and managing arthritis.


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FAQs While Receiving Heart and Vascular Care at Suburban Hospital

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the cardiac care experience at Suburban Hospital, as well as important phone numbers you may need during your loved one's stay. If you have additional questions, please ask the unit nurse or manager.

  • Feel free to approach our staff at any time. With its many alarms, monitors and devices, both the cardiology care unit (CCU) and cardiothoracic unit (CTU) are busy environments. However, the physicians, nurses, therapists and other staff welcome the opportunity to answer your questions. There are no wrong questions and it’s OK to ask questions more than once. We suggest writing down your questions to make them easier to remember.

  • Visiting hours are open except from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the first hour of each work shift, when nurses and doctors update the incoming staff. To respect the privacy of all of our patients, we ask that during these times, visitors take a break in the waiting room. Visitation for some patients may be limited, depending on their condition.

  • We ask that only two visitors be in a patient’s room at once; other visitors can stay in the waiting room. If more than two people want to visit at once, please check with the nurse. Visitors suffering from a cold or the flu are asked not to come.

  • Generally, children under age two are not permitted in the CTU or CCU. However, under some circumstances, it may be allowed. You must get permission from the nurse before bringing a child into the patient room. If your child is granted a one-time visit, please stay with your child and visit for 15 minutes or less.

  • In the CTU, speak normally to the patient. Keep in mind that your loved one may not be able to respond because of his or her condition. If the patient has a breathing tube, ask questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no” nods. If he or she is sedated or under the effect of anesthesia, you can still talk to the patient. Touching can also help your loved one. Sometimes, too much noise or too many visitors can affect the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate or breathing. In this case, a nurse may ask you to step out of the room until the patient relaxes.

  • Familiar belongings help people feel better; however, check with the nurse before bringing any personal or electronic items to the CTU. Photographs, cards, slippers and robes are usually acceptable. Please do not hang anything on the wall or bring items of value.

  • As we care for your loved one, you must take care of yourself. Be sure to get plenty of rest and eat regularly. We encourage you to take breaks and communicate with your family.

  • Please provide staff with the name of one person who will serve as the family’s main contact. Be sure to check with the patient, if possible, to see who he or she wants this person to be. To protect patient privacy, information will only be given to the family contact.

  • Our multidisciplinary approach means that many health care professionals are involved in the care of each patient. The cardiothoracic nurse is a highly trained RN who specializes in the care of cardiac patients. Nurse practitioners are RNs with advanced training in assessment and diagnosis. They assist in directing the plan of care along with the physician.

    The research nurse coordinates studies that are made possible through our collaboration with NIH. If your loved one qualifies for a research study, more details will be explained. Registered dietitians evaluate each patient and make nutritional recommendations. Case managers help to develop a plan of care and work with private insurance and federal and state agencies that help pay for hospital care to ensure certain guidelines are met. Finally, the social worker’s role is to evaluate what the patient will need following discharge and make referrals to other facilities or community agencies as necessary.

    The unit staff also includes patient care technicians and secretaries. The staff completes yearly competencies to reinforce the knowledge they need to care for cardiac patients. This staff will work to provide the bedside care that the patient needs and will serve as an advocate if necessary.

  • Our nurses provide round-the-clock care for patients and will talk with you about your loved one’s comfort and treatment. Here are some questions they can help answer:

    • Who are the doctors that are caring for my loved one? Which doctor is in charge?
    • What will happen today? Will any of these procedures cause pain? If so, has pain medicine been ordered?
    • If a nurse is not in the room, how do I call for help?
    • Can you explain to me what the doctor said?
    • What are the tubes and equipment for?
    • Is my loved one recuperating as expected?
    • What will you do if something unexpected happens and I am not here?
    • How will this affect the way my loved one lives?
    • What is the treatment plan?
    • When will we see my loved one start to get better?
    • What are the risks from the therapy or treatment?
    • Is there pain? How is the pain relieved?
    • Is my loved one receiving the medicines he or she was on at home? Will he/she take these medicines when discharged?
  • Here are some phone numbers you will use during your loved one's hospital stay.

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