Services and Treatments
Adults with congenital heart conditions require specialized care from a team that understands how their heart has grown and been treated for a congenital defect. Conditions that were treated in childhood need to be evaluated for therapies that are appropriate for an adult body.
The University of Maryland is a major referral center for patients with complex lung disease who have exhausted standard treatment options. Cardiothoracic surgeons and pulmonologists work together to care for patients who need access to transplantation, clinical trials, and ECMO - an artificial lung machine to "breathe" for patients when their lungs are not working.
The University of Maryland Comprehensive Heart Center is one of the few centers in the region to provide a special group of geneticists and cardiologists who are equipped to test for genetic conditions of the heart. Patients with a known history of non-atherosclerotic heart disease are encouraged to get their family members tested so they can take steps to prevent unnecessary death from cardiac emergencies.
This team, together with the Division of Cardiac Surgery, provides a wide range of groundbreaking procedures in the areas of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and mechanical assist devices.
A Perioperative Blood Conservation program is offered to minimize the use of blood products. It is intended to provide a safe environment for patients who want to minimize their exposure to blood products either because of religious beliefs or known contraindications to blood.
The University of Maryland Heart Center offers an extensive range of cardiothoracic surgical services, from repairing congenital heart defects in infants and children to performing heart and lung transplantations, ventricular assist devices, valve repairs and other complex procedures for high-risk adult patients.
The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is known for leadership in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of cardiac disease. Experts offer the most advanced options for patient with coronary heart disease, valve disease, heart failure and circulatory system disorders.
The Children's Heart Program specializes in providing medical and surgical treatment options for children and adults with congenital heart disease.
University of Maryland Comprehensive Heart Center cardiologists use a wide variety of diagnostic tests to determine if patients have heart disease and to monitor disease progression.
The University of Maryland is home to one of the busiest and most skilled ECMO teams in the country. ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygentation) is used to help a patient breathe with their lungs and heart cannot do the work themselves. ECMO allows time for the lungs to heal and recover, often as a bridge to transplant. It is used in children and adult patients.
The University of Maryland heart and lung transplant program is unique to the region by providing the full spectrum of options to patients, including artificial hearts and lungs, leading edge immunosuppression medications, and end-stage support for patients with heart and lung failure.
Cardiologists within the University of Maryland Heart Center offer the latest medical treatments for patients with both simple and complex cardiac conditions.
Please call if you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services. Patients dial 1-866-408-6885, physicians dial 410-328-6622 or 1-800-318-1019.
This page was last updated: March 10, 2015