Cardiac Care at Maryland General
L-R: Reyaz Haque, M.D., FACC; Randolph Whipps, M.D., FACC; Maxine Hawkins, RDCS
Maryland General provides a complete range of care to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. In addition to general cardiology, we have a special focus on women and heart disease, people with congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is not strong enough to pump enough blood to meet the needs of all the body’s organs.
Our board-certified cardiologists and technicians provide each patient with the highest quality care. Your first appointment with our team includes a comprehensive consultation to learn about your health history, previous heart problems, and family health history. After the consultation, we will perform any needed tests to diagnose your problem and determine the most appropriate treatment options.
Our services include:
- Cardiac catheterization and angiograms
- Arrhythmia treatment (abnormal heartbeat control)
- Echocardiograms: An ultrasound of the heart that evaluates the heart muscle and the chambers of the heart and provides information about how well the heart is functioning
- Electrocardiogram or EKG/ECG: A test that records the heart’s electrical activity and provides information on how fast the heart is beating, whether the rhythm is steady or irregular, and the strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through each part of the heart
- Nuclear imaging for heart disease
- Tilt table testing: A test used to evaluate dizziness and fainting by checking the heart rate and blood pressure when you change positions from lying down to standing
- Cardiac stress testing: A test to evaluate how the heart responds to increased levels of exercise. Electrodes are placed on the chest and patients walk on a treadmill while the cardiologist evaluates the EKG, heart rate and blood pressure for any changes.
- Holter monitors and event recorders: A portable device that continuously monitors the electrical activity of the heart (the ECG or EKG). The monitor is connected to the patient by placing electrodes onto the chest and connecting wires from a small recording device to the electrodes.
- Pacemaker placement and follow up
We can also refer you to other divisions at Maryland General and within the University of Maryland Medical System that can provide the additional care you may need to manage your heart condition, including:
- Angioplasty and stenting
- Electrophysiologic studies
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Catheter ablation for abnormally rapid heartbeats
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Heart transplant surgery
- Heart valve repairs and replacement
- Ventricular assist devices
The Maryland Vascular Center and The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Maryland General Hospital are other resources we can refer you to for needed care.