8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814

Continuum of Care

We take pride in delivering cardiac care that blends advanced medical treatment with comfortable facilities, personalized service, and genuine caring.

The Continuum of Care

For almost 70 years, Suburban Hospital has enjoyed the support of skilled cardiologists practicing in the community. Working with these physicians, Suburban Hospital created outstanding services and facilities for diagnosing and treating cardiac disease. As the first stop for critically ill cardiac patients, Suburban Hospital's Emergency/Trauma Center ensures prompt access to high quality care and serves as the gateway to appropriate diagnostic and treatment services for more than 40,000 patients each year.

The Eugene B. Casey Center for Diagnostic Cardiology has established its leadership in non-invasive studies for the diagnosis of cardiac disease. Among its advanced capabilities is three-dimensional echocardiography, which provides greater detail in viewing the beating heart than traditional echocardiograms. From electrocardiograms to exercise stress testing to nuclear medicine and more, the Eugene B. Casey Center provides essential services for Suburban Hospital Cardiac Care.

Suburban Hospital's Radiology Department has become one of the first in the region to introduce the new 64-slice CT scanner, a tool that shows great promise in advancing the non-invasive diagnosis of coronary disease. This extremely precise scanner can detect plaque in coronary arteries more effectively than other non-invasive diagnostic tools, making it easier to diagnose arterial disease before it leads to heart attacks.

An ongoing NIH 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.

AT THE BEDSIDE | Our existing Shapiro Cardiac Care and Telemetry Units offer quiet, comfortable private rooms that ensure patients can rest, relax, and enjoy the support and care of family members. 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, Suburban Hospital's caring professionals 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 | Accommodating more than 500 patients per week, this comprehensive, medically supervised program promotes the reduction of cardiac risk factors by teaching participants how to exercise safely, eat heart-healthy meals, and manage stress.

Rehabilitation therapists and nurses design individualized programs of exercise on treadmills, stationary bicycles and weight training equipment to help cardiac patients recover, gain strength and work toward their best possible health. In addition to supervising the exercise program, the staff also monitor 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.

In addition to the traditional outpatient services, the new Phase 1 inpatient rehabilitation program includes beside teaching, education on risk factors, and a walking routine. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program plans to add new offerings to its services in the near future for those who choose complementary medicine approaches such as meditation and other methods for stress management.

For more information about the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital, call 301-896-7610.