Innovations

New PET-CT technology gives us an edge against cancer

by Carlos Alberto Garcia, MD, Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine
June 26, 2018

In 2006, the latest technology available for PET-CT scans was the time-of-flight scanner. At the time, this scanner compared to…

How we help LVAD patients fight infection at home

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 21, 2018

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have saved and extended the lives of thousands of patients with heart failure. These small,…

How advanced sarcoma treatment saves limbs–and lives

by Robert Henshaw, MD, Professor and Director, Orthopedic Oncology, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
June 01, 2018

Sarcomas, which are cancers that start in bones, fat or muscle, are rare and can be challenging to treat. Historically,…

No pulse, no problem! What EMS teams need to know about LVAD patients

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 25, 2018

When EMS arrives on the scene of a medical emergency, the first things they often check are patients’ pulse and…

How we lower heart risks of HER2-targeted breast cancer therapy

by Ana Barac, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 21, 2018

Imagine the triumph of surviving breast cancer. Every test and procedure, every round of therapy was worth it to save…

Healthcare data and how we use them for cardiology care

by Jonathan Patrick, MD, Director of Inpatient Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
April 26, 2018

Patients used to rely entirely on their primary care doctors’ referrals when they needed to see cardiologists and other heart…