Cardiac Team

At Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, our vast range of cardiac services is led by the area’s most notable cardiac physicians. The WMHS Heart Institute’s goal is to provide our patients with the best possible outcome for every encounter. The Heart Institute benchmarks and monitors all data related to treatment and reports it to national organizations dedicated to the study and treatment of heart health.

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Our Team

Our highly specialized support staff is available 24/7 to assist with your care, provide answers to your questions and concerns and respond to emergencies. Our Medical Staff, being members of our community, are committed to expanding the service available to you while maintaining the high standards of care that have been established.

Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiovascular surgeons operate on your heart and blood vessels to repair damage caused by diseases or disorders of the cardiovascular system.

Our surgeons perform many different types of operations, including heart valve repair and replacement, heart defect repair, coronary artery bypass, aneurysm repair and other cardiothoracic procedures.

Cardiovascular surgeons can also perform operations on your body’s blood vessels, such as the aorta, which is the body’s main blood supplier.

However, cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.

Interventional Cardiologists

Interventional cardiology is a non-surgical option which uses a catheter to repair weak or damaged vessels, narrowed arteries, or other affected parts of the heart structure. Interventional cardiologists treats conditions such as, Coronary artery disease (a narrowing of the arteries which supply the heart muscle with blood and oxygen), Heart valve disease (occurs when the valves controlling the blood flow to the heart’s chambers are not working properly) and Peripheral vascular disease (clogged or hardened veins and arteries which are in other parts of your body).

Non-Invasive Cardiology

Non-invasive cardiology identifies heart problems without using any needles, fluids, or other instruments which are inserted into the body. Our non-invasive cardiologists use these techniques for: nuclear cardiology (a study of disorders through imaging using radioactive elements), echocardiography (using ultrasound waves to create images of the heart and surrounding area to check for any abnormalities), cardiac electrophysiology (study and test of the electrical currents that generate heartbeats), stress tests (involving exercise monitored by your cardiologist), heart monitors (record your heart’s electrical activity over time), and CT scans (producing images so your cardiologist can examine for heart disease).

Electrophysiologist

Our Cardiac electrophysiologists are trained to perform interventional cardiac electrophysiology studies (EPS), which are used to evaluate abnormal hearts. They specialize in surgical device implantation. Results from participating in an EPS can help you and your doctor decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation, or possibly surgery.

Contact Rafique Ahmed, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.C.