Discover three cardiac health advances that are available here and now
When facing troubling heart conditions, people across our region have trusted Adventist HealthCare’s skilled physicians, nurses and cardiac care teams for more than 50 years. From bringing the most advanced and least invasive procedures to offering quality care that consistently achieves top honors, Adventist HealthCare’s cardiac experts continue to lead the way in making innovative heart care available to you close to home.
Heart Surgery: Rising Above the Rest
Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital has been a pioneer in the field since performing its first heart surgery in 1962, and the Washington, D.C., region’s first open heart surgery less than a decade later. Today, the hospital ranks among the top 10 percent of heart centers nationwide, with the highest quality rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for coronary artery bypass graft surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery. The society’s three-star rating demonstrates that patients experience fewer complications, better survival rates and optimal surgical techniques.
A Leader in Transradial Heart Catheterization
One of the most advanced interventional cardiology procedures available through Adventist HealthCare is the transradial approach, which uses an artery in the wrist instead of the groin to gain access to heart arteries during cardiac catheterization. With this minimally invasive technique, patients benefit from less pain and reduced risk of bleeding, and they are mobile very soon after the procedure.
Recently, Washington Adventist Hospital became the first in the Washington, D.C., metro area to open a state-of-the-art Radial Recovery Lounge, providing transradial patients with a more homelike setting for their short recovery. Specialized lounge chairs allow patients to rest upright and comfortably after the procedure.
High-Tech Methods to Manage Heart Disease
To ensure our most critically ill patients receive the continued support they need after leaving the hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital offers telehealth, a remote home monitoring program, for those suffering from congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions. A scale, a blood pressure cuff and a glucometer are placed in the patient’s home, allowing the care team to evaluate vital signs and symptoms remotely and in real time to quickly detect and respond to health issues.