Nationally recognized by the American College of Cardiology for our emergency heart attack care, the Heart Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center is the third busiest cardiac program in the state of Maryland. Each year, our cardiac team performs hundreds of diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures each year, including both elective and emergency angioplasty to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the heart, and electrophysiological studies to diagnose and treat many types of arrhythmias.
The hospital has two cardiac catheterization labs that operate 24/7, every day of the year. Each lab is staffed by an expert team of doctors and nurses who are specially trained in cardiac care. A third cardiac cath lab is under construction and expected to open later this year to serve the growing need for high quality cardiac care in our community.
Additionally, the Heart Institute features a 33-bed, dedicated inpatient cardiovascular unit, a critical care unit, and a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center that provides supervised exercise programs to help cardiac patients improve and manage their day-to-day health and fitness.
In Anne Arundel County, the heart disease rate exceeds both the state and national average, and heart patients are becoming younger each year. In 2009, the average age of Anne Arundel Medical Center cardiac patients was 70. In 2012, the average age of our cardiac patients dropped to 60. Through our expanding, state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs and facilities, as well as our ever-growing community outreach efforts, which include heart health classes and cardiovascular screenings, the Heart Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center intends to reverse these alarming trends.