We Want To Know Program

Among the many ways patients can provide feedback about their experience at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, we have launched the We Want to Know program as an added measure patients can use to share comments about their care. The program is a helpful tool patients can use to improve the overall patient experience. In addition, We Want to Know is a key component that helps us fulfill our mission of being a High Reliability Organization. To learn more about the program, visit the We Want To Know website.

If you’d like to share compliments, suggestions, concerns, or other feedback with us, click below to fill out a feedback form, and a representative will respond to your message as soon as possible.

 

Contact us at: 

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

PHONE: 844-900-WWTK (9985)
WEBSITE: WeWant2Know.org
EMAIL:  [email protected]


Radial Recovery Lounge

Interventional cardiologists Nauman Siddiqi, MD, John Wang, MD, and Antony Kaliyadan, MD, in the Radial Lounge.

Cardiac Catheterization Patients Never Recovered Like This Before

At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, our experts are specially trained in transradial cardiac catheterization, which allows for faster recovery and greater comfort for our patients. In fact, our physicians perform over 80% of catheterizations through the radial artery-that's double the national average! As a result, our interventional cardiologists have perfected this technique and patients benefitting from this alternative to traditional cath which is now become the gold standard. For many patients, cardiac catheterization can be performed through the radial artery in the wrist, instead of using an artery in the groin.

Advantages of Transradial Catheterization

  • More comfortable procedure
  • Patients can often eat within an hour of their procedure.
  • Recovery time is much faster. Following the procedure, a simple wristband is used to compress the artery. Patients can sit up and move around much faster.
  • There is virtually no risk of bleeding complications where the catheter is inserted. This is especially important for patients who have other medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, obesity or peripheral arterial disease.

Recovery just got an Extreme Makeover

At MedStar Union Memorial, we designed a recovery lounge just for radial cath patients! Unlike anything else in the region, patients can recover in an environment that is more hotel lobby than hospital. At the lounge, we've provided several amenities, such as:

  • Beverages
  • Charging stations
  • Internet access
  • iPads to view patient education videos
  • Resource room to discuss your procedure with your physician and receive any additional instructions from your nurse
  • Snacks
  • TV

If you've been told you need to have a cardiac catheterization, ask your doctor to refer you to MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. To get a closer look at the Radial Lounge, see our photo gallery below.

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To find a heart specialist, call:

877-74-HEART

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Watch Our Facebook Live Webcast!

If you missed our latest Facebook Live webcast, you can now watch the entire program online. Meet our experts from MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and learn more about our innovative approaches to heart care including new techniques and minimally invasive procedures.

International Travel Health

International Travel Health Services


Planning to travel abroad soon? Put the International Travel Health Services (ITHS) at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital first on your itinerary.

At ITHS, we are able to serve the needs of business or leisure travelers, whether they are individuals, families or groups.

Our travel health center provides comprehensive education and immunization services to enhance your travel experience while maintaining good health. We are staffed by physicians who have access to current information on the local conditions and requirements worldwide. At the same time, we offer practical, hands-on experience in dealing with medical conditions typically not found in the United States.

Services:

ITHS offers the following services:

  • Pre-travel consultation and education for specific itinerary
  • Travel health risk assessment
  • Administration of necessary immunizations, including yellow-fever vaccination
  • Safety information for prevention of travel-related disease and injury
  • Pediatrics consultation
  • International certificates and other documents required for travel

 Vaccination Services

ITHS offers an extensive variety of travel vaccines including:

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella  
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Pneumococcal Disease  
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A    
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Polio  
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever*
  • Cholera
 
  • *Nationwide shortage of YF-Vaccine. For additional information please check out our travel resources.

Preparing for an Appointment:

Plan ahead!  All consultations are by appointment only. Please schedule appointments well in advance of your anticipated travel. Vaccinations are an important part of preparing for a healthy and safe travel overseas. Their requirements vary depending on your health & immunization history, exact destination and length of stay.  Some vaccines need to be administered in a series over a period of time. Begin inoculation procedures as soon as possible.

To request an appointment please call ITHS at 410-554-6462.

You will be asked to complete a Travel Health Questionnaire before your appointment.  You are advised to bring your immunization records, if available.

Travel Resources:

An informed traveler is a safer traveler. Below is a list of additional online resources and travel information to keep you safe and healthy during your travels.

Yellow Fever Vaccination (YF-Vax) Shortage: The manufacturer of YF-Vax, Sanofi Pasteur, has announced a shortage of YF-Vax that will begin in mid-2017 and last until mid-2018. Because of this shortage, the manufacturer has worked with the CDC to make an alternative yellow fever vaccine, Stamaril, available at select locations until YF-Vax supply returns in mid-2018. Please click the link to find locations of a Stamaril clinic in your area

Embassies & Consulates

The U.S. Department of State's Country Specific Information provides entry and exit requirements for US citizens traveling abroad. Information regarding foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S & abroad can be found here

Travel Advisories

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

The US State Department administers, Consular Information Program, monitors conditions abroad that may affect the safety and security of travelers around the world and issues the following kinds of travel advisories:

Travel Warnings: The strongest warning; issued when the State Department decides to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country.

Travel Alerts: Warnings about short-term conditions that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. These could include natural disasters, a risk of terrorist attacks, or epidemics.

Emergency Assistance:

The Department of State website also has information about emergency assistance

Travel Registration:

We strongly recommend enrolling your trip with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This enables the State Department can contact you with any updates regarding events that may affect your safety during travel abroad or help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency if they cannot reach you directly.

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To request an appointment: 410-554-6462

Our Location:

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
33rd Street Professional Bldg, 3rd Floor
Suite 329
Baltimore, MD 21218

Metabolic Bone Diseases and Osteoporosis Clinic

Metabolic Bone Diseases & Osteoporosis Clinic at Adult Medicine Center

Metabolic bone diseases are disorders of bone strength commonly caused by abnormalities of minerals (including calcium or phosphorus), vitamin D and bone mass and micro architecture. Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disorder.

Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.

This estimates that half of all adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. If left untreated, it can lead to further bone loss and fractures can occur without warning in people at risk.

Some of the factors that increase the risk for osteoporosis include patients with older age, small body frame, personal or family history of fractures, medications like steroids, intestinal diseases, smoking and excessive alcohol use.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends screening for all women over age 65 and for men over age 70, regardless of clinical risk factors.

According to The National Osteoporosis Foundation's 2Million2Many Campaign:

  • Two million bone breaks occur in the U.S. each year that are caused by osteoporosis, yet nearly 80% of older Americans who suffer bone breaks are not tested for osteoporosis.
  • 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
  • Every year, of nearly 300,000 hip fracture patients, 1 in 4 ends up in a nursing home and 1 in 2 never regain previous function.
  • 50% of osteoporosis related repeat fractures can be prevented with appropriate treatments.
  • If you have a fracture after age 50, it is recommended to ask your doctor for a bone density test to determine your bone health and need for medication to reduce the risk for future fractures. The results of the bone density test could be the difference between a healthy and active future and a painful and debilitating one. 

The Metabolic Bone Disease & Osteoporosis clinic will provide endocrine consultation services to prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of bone diseases, including:

  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Steroid induced osteoporosis
  • Post fracture bone health evaluation and care
  • Detailed review of bone density studies by certified densitometrist
  • Vitamin D deficiency/Osteomalacia
  • Parathyroid Disorders
  • Paget’s disease and
  • Other skeletal disorders

To make an appointment with a physician at the Metabolic Bone Disease & Osteoporosis Clinic, call 410-554-6872.

 

 

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To make an appointment:

410-554-6872

Location:

Adult Medicine Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
33rd Street Professional Building
Suite 329
Baltimore, MD 21218

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Pacemakers

A pacemaker may be recommended if your heart does not beat in a normal rhythm, commonly referred to as arrhythmia. Changes in the electrical impulses within the heart may be the cause of the arrhythmia. Specific reasons you may need a pacemaker include:

  • Your heartbeat is not fast enough (Bradycardia)
  • Your heartbeat is irregular
  • The pathways that carry the electrical impulses through the heart are blocked

Symptoms of heart rhythm disturbances may include fatigue, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath and heart palpitations.

Traditional Pacemakers

A traditional pacemaker is a small electrical device that is placed just under the skin on your chest just below the collarbone.  Pacemakers have conventionally been about the size of two silver dollars and are battery-powered, sending out electrical impulses to keep the heart beating in a normal rhythm.

The pacemaker is made up of a pulse generator, which produces the electrical signals and one or more electrodes (wires) that deliver the electric signals to the heart.

When it is in place, the pacemaker senses your heartbeat continuously. If it notices a departure from  normal rhythm,  it sends a signal out to stimulate the heart back to a normal rhythm.

Pacemakers can either be Single Chamber or Dual Chamber devices.  With a single chamber pacemaker there is only one electrical lead wire that is typically placed in the right ventricle. With a dual chamber, there are two leads which are normally placed one in the right atrium and one in the right ventricle.  The type of pacemaker right for you depends on what kind of arrhythmia you are experiencing.

 Mini Pacemaker

New, smaller pacemakers have recently been developed in the Single Chamber category. The Micra ™ Transcatheter Pacing System is one example of this new type. It is 93% smaller than a traditional pacemaker; about the size of a large vitamin capsule. 

Instead of the traditional implantation method of opening a pocket in the skin over the collarbone, this type of pacemaker is implanted directly in the heart through a catheter inserted in a vein in the upper leg. 

This smaller pacemaker is moved into position against the heart wall of the right ventricle and secured.  With this type of pacemaker, there is no visible sign of the pacemaker under the skin. 

After placing the pacemaker, the physician performs tests to ensure it is functioning correctly and then removes the catheter tube from the body.

At this time, the mini pacemaker is only used in instances where the patient needs a single chamber pacemaker.

Learn more about Mini-pacemakers

To find a heart specialist, call:

877-74-HEART (43278)

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Low Risk TAVR Clinical Trial

New Study Investigates Minimally Invasive Procedure for Failing Heart Valve

Physicians at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital are now investigating a minimally invasive procedure for patients who have severe aortic stenosis, need a replacement heart valve, and are healthy enough to undergo surgery.

Aortic stenosis is a common heart problem caused by a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve due to excessive calcium build-up. When the valve narrows, it does not open or close properly, making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Eventually, this causes the heart to weaken and function poorly, which may lead to heart failure and increased risk for sudden cardiac death. The study will explore the safety and effectiveness of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement – commonly known as “TAVR” – as an alternative to open-heart surgery.

To find out if you are eligible for the TAVR CoreValve® and Evolut® R System, email [email protected].

Bringing a New Investigational TAVR Device to Low-Risk Patients

The study will explore the use of a device called the CoreValve® and Evolut® R System which replaces the failing heart valve. The device is unique in that it is the only repositionable, self-expanding TAVR system that is currently commercially available in the United States.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was selected to conduct the study because it is a regional leader in performing the TAVR procedure. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital cardiologists have completed more than 300 TAVR procedures, with stellar outcomes since it was first introduced in 2012. The study will be led by Dr. John Wang, Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and Scientific Director for Baltimore Cardiovascular Research and MedStar Health Research Institute.

About Aortic Stenosis – A Serious Heart Condition

An estimated 2.5 million people over the age of 75 suffer from aortic stenosis or failing heart value, which is caused by calcium build-up in the aortic valve. Symptoms can vary and change over time, but can include: fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, heart murmur, shortness of breath during activity, heart palpitations and fainting. If left untreated, a failing heart valve can lead to serious heart problems, including heart failure and even death.

Contact Us Today

To find out if you are eligible for the TAVR CoreValve® and Evolut® R System, email [email protected].

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MedStar Health Research Institute provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MedStar Health Research Institute’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at MedStarResearch.org

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist where a nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of hand nerve entrapment that occurs when swelling in the tunnel compresses the median nerve. As a result of the pressure on the median nerve, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience symptoms including:

  • Hand pain and finger pain, including burning, tingling, and numbness
  • Hand pain or wrist pain, extending to the elbow
  • Sensation that the hand is swollen, even if it is not
  • Weakened grip and difficulty picking up small items
  • Problems with fine finger movements in one or both hands
  • Numbness in hands

This condition is common in people who perform repetitive wrist and hand motions, such as typing on a computer keyboard. It also affects those who grip tightly or uses their wrists consistently, such as cashiers, cyclists, meat cutters, and musicians.

Treatment

Many nonsurgical courses of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome are available, such as

  • Splints or braces to immobilize and rest the wrist
  • Adjustments to how you perform daily activities
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections

If nonsurgical treatment is not successful in resolving your hand pain or treatment is sought too late, surgery may be required. This surgery involves enlarging the carpal tunnel, which will relieve the swelling and pressure on the nerve.

Learn more about MedStar Health's approach to minimally invasive nerve surgery.

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To find a hand specialist, call:

855-546-0675


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Tachycardia

Tachycardia

Tachycardia is a type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) in which the heart beats much faster than it should while a person is at rest. Typically, more that 100 beats per minute at rest is considered tachycardia. Electrical signals in the heart initiate each heartbeat. Problems with these signals can cause the heart beat to be erratic (unpredictable), and in the case of tachycardia, cause the heart to beat faster.

What does Tachycardia feel like?

Most people experiencing tachycardia feel the rapidness of their heart beat. When the tachycardia is happening, the heart is not operating efficiently and therefore the body is deprived of oxygen and symptoms such as lightheadedness, weakness, dizziness, chest pain, confusion and even fainting can also be experienced.

 A higher than normal heart rate can produce different types of issues in the heart including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation- heart beat is not only faster than normal, but also irregular.
  • Atrial Flutter- heartbeat is faster than normal but regular.
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)- heart beat is faster and caused by the signals above the ventricles.
  • Ventricular tachycardia- heartbeat is faster than normal, caused by the signals in the ventricles.

Who is at risk for Tachycardia?

Damage to the heart muscle or valves due to heart disease or congenital heart abnormalities or an overstraining of the heart from things like exercise or fever puts you at greater risk for developing tachycardia. Other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, stress or anxiety are also risk factors. Age and family history play a role, as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking, drug use or excessive use of caffeine or alcohol.

How is Tachycardia diagnosed?

There are various tests used to diagnose all types of tachycardia including:

How is Tachycardia treated?

Depending on an individual’s unique medical situation, sometimes tachycardia can be treated with medications designed simply to slow the heart rate down. If the condition is more complex or long term, heart procedures such as cardiac ablation, insertion of a pacemaker or an ICD (Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) or surgery may be a better option.

 

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To find a heart specialist, call:

877-74-HEART (43278)

 

Bradycardia

Bradycardia is a heart condition characterized by a heartbeat that is slower than normal.  A normal heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. Less than 60 beats per minute is considered bradycardia.  Fewer heartbeats means that an insufficient amount of oxygenated blood is reaching your body cells. Particularly during physical activity or exertion, this can cause symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, fainting and confusion.

Bradycardia can be caused by damage of some kind to the heart muscle or to the electrical systems that control the heart. Aging can also play a role in developing a slow heart rate. Taking certain types of medications can also cause the heart rate to slow below 60 beats per minute.

Diagnosis

Bradycardia can only be diagnosed with certain tests on the heart and its function. These may include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Stress Test
  • Holter Monitor
  • Electrophysiology Study (EP Study)
  • Event Recorder
  • LINQ

Depending on what is causing you to experience a slower heart rate, the treatment varies.  If adjustments to your current medications are not enough to resolve the issue, then a Pacemaker may be recommended to regulate your heart rate.  In this case, a pacemaker can get your heart rate back up to normal speed to ensure you are receiving the appropriate amount of blood circulating throughout your body.

 

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To find a heart specialist, call:

877-74-HEART (43278)

 

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Electrophysiology

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What is Electrophysiology?

Electrophysiology refers to the electrical function of your heart. Electrical signals are generated by the heart to initiate the contractions of the heart muscle that pump the blood through the heart and out to the body.

An electrophysiology study, or EPS, is a diagnostic procedure that examines and assesses the electrical function of your heart. It is done in a cardiac cath lab to map the electrical signals created by your heart. EPS is a method of evaluating your heart rhythms as well as the disturbances of those rhythms. This study helps your heart specialist to determine the treatment option that is most appropriate for you.

Certain heart conditions can cause the electrical system to make the heart beat too slowly, too fast or in an otherwise irregular manner. These irregular patterns are called arrhythmias and they can happen in any of the heart’s four chambers. An electrophysiology study will help your physician determine the best treatment for you by showing where the arrhythmias are occurring.

What is an Electrophysiologist?

An electrophysiologist is a type of cardiology physician with specialized training that focuses on electrical heart function and rhythms. They perform the EPS diagnostic procedures and can diagnose and treat conditions and disorders that involve arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm) and electrical function. Conditions like Atrial Fibrillation or another type of irregular heart rhythm as well as Tachycardia (fast Heart rate) and Bradycardia (slow heart rate). Electrophysiologists also perform the procedures such as pacemaker implants, cardiac defibrillators, and ablations that treat those conditions.

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To find a heart specialist, call:

877-74-HEART (43278)