Cardiovascular Care at Suburban Hospital
Our specialists at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, provide comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with heart and vascular conditions.
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
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:
- 3-d echocardiography
- Exercise stress testing
- Nuclear medicine
Suburban Hospital’s Radiology Services
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.
National Institutes of Health Research ProgramAn ongoing National Institutes of Health research program evaluating the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing cardiac disease at Suburban Hospital has demonstrated that cardiac MRIs enable the visualization of a finer level of detail than other diagnostic studies. MRI may also be more effective in detecting some cardiac problems than certain types of stress testing.
Shapiro Cardiac Care UnitsOur 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.
Cardiac Rehabilitation ProgramOur 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.
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.
NIH-Suburban MRI Center
Andrew Arai, M.D
Cardiac MRI Researcher