Treating Cardiovascular Disease
At Saint Agnes Hospital, we offer a variety of cardiovascular services for those with coronary heart disease, which is a build-up of fatty deposits in the artery walls. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with the disease, or if you’re at risk, we can help.
TREATMENT METHODS From Our Experts
In this procedure, a catheter with a balloon attached is inserted into the blood vessel through an artery and guided to the obstruction. Once it reaches the obstruction, the balloon is inflated and allowed to grow, eventually crushing the fatty deposits and opening the blood vessel.
The Cardiovascular Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the region to offer Radial Angioplasty. The radial approach allows the catheter to be inserted in the radial artery via the wrist which places the point of entry much closer to the heart. This method promotes a more rapid recovery for the patient.
Stents are metal mesh tubes inserted into the area of the clot or blockage. These tubes allow blood to flow through more easily. Stents are often used following an angioplasty.
Treatment for Blood Clots
A vascular clot can be removed using either a catheter, which carries medicine to break up the clot, or surgery, which is used to treat deeper veins.
PROGRAMS, CLASSES AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Through our cardiac rehab, Saint Agnes offers a monitored exercise and education program for patients with a variety of heart-related illnesses as well as those recovering from heart attack and bypass surgery.
Call us for a complete list of convenient hours: 410-368-2246
The Heart Failure Center
Saint Agnes provides ongoing support for your treatment plan. Our team works with you and your doctor to detect coronary heart disease early and manage it effectively. By devloping and implementing your individualized treatment plan The Heart Failure Center can help you maintain an active lifestyle. Our center offers the following services
- Medication management
- Dietary planning
- Exercise training
- IV treatments if necessary
Call to learn more: 410-368-2246
Coronary Care Unit
For those who require an inpatient stay due to a heart ailment, Saint Agnes offers a continuum of care appropriate to the patient’s need so that the process of recovery is enhanced to the highest degree. Our 12-bed Coronary Care Unit provides state-of-the-art technology and 24-hour care to answer the acute needs of the cardiac patient. For patients who no longer require acute coronary care, the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit offers "next-step" care.
Healthy Heart Program
We provide a wide range of community outreach and education programs on topics related to the prevention of heart disease, as well as classes on general wellness, free screening services and early heart attack symptom recognition.
Call to learn more: 410-368-2246
Cardiac Support Group
A heart problem can be an emotional experience for patients and their families. This group meets twice a month to offer compassionate support and healing for your spirit. Enrollment is free.
Call to sign up for the next free meeting: 410-368-2246
Find a Cardiologist or Vascular Surgeon
For more information on the Cardiovascular Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, please contact us at 866-690-9355 (WELL) or use our Find a Physician directory.
Know the Warning Signs*
If you see or have any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
*Provided by the American Heart Association.
Understanding Our Approach
FREE VASCULAR SCREENINGS
Our new Vascular Screening Program, led by Dr. Avinash Ganti, offers free screenings to detect blockages in the arteries and aneurysms that can lead to heart attack or stroke. It’s painless and only takes 30 minutes. Call us at 1-877-410-8272 (VASC) to schedule your free appointment.
WHEN EVERY SECOND COUNTS, EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Over 30 years ago, Saint Agnes Hospital set the international gold standard with the first chest pain emergency room in the world. Our pioneering in this field has led to 725 similar centers worldwide that now use our hospital’s approach as their model.