State-of-the-Art Care from Mary Washington Healthcare
Our cardiovascular program at Mary Washington Healthcare offers the latest
techniques in minimally invasive procedures as well as traditional techniques
and surgery to treat heart conditions. You will receive the level of care
that’s expected from a major medical center with attention to your
comfort and unique needs.Our enrollment in leading-edge clinical studies
make patient treatment options available that might not be accessible
through other cardiovascular programs. We help you gain the skills you
need to sustain good health during your recovery and beyond.
Visit Mary Washington Medical Group Virginia Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery
Alex Sang Ho Na, MD, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery, has a
level of clinical expertise unmatched in our region. A board-certified,
fellowship trained cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Na has completed more than
3,500 surgical procedures to address adult cardiovascular disease with
exceptional quality outcomes that are better than national standards.
Cardiovascular Surgery Team
Your multidisciplinary care team has many years of experience working together
in this specialized field. Our board-certified, fellowship trained cardiothoracic
surgeons offer a high level of clinical expertise, and have 40+ years
of experience and nearly 10,000 surgical procedures combined.
- CABG (both conventional and off-pump heart by-pass surgery) with endoscopic
vein harvesting and/or radial artery conduit
- Multi-valve replacement/repair
- Complex mitral valve repair
- Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
- MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation
- Aortic Arch reconstruction surgery for aneurysm, dissection and traumatic injury
- Adult congenital heart surgery
- Cardiac tumor excision
In addition to our surgeons, surgery team, nurses, nurse practitioners
and physician assistants, we also bring together experts in nutrition,
occupational and physical therapy, exercise physiology and cardiac rehab
and other specialties based on your specific needs.
Cardiac Surgery Quality Committee
Upon referral from a cardiologist, your case is evaluated by our multidisciplinary
heart surgery team which makes recommendations about the best treatment
for you. To develop quality improvement strategies that align us with
the top performing hospitals in the country we have a Cardiac Surgery
Quality Committee. This team, comprised of representatives from all healthcare
disciplines pertinent to our cardiovascular patients, meets monthly to
address blood conservation, ventilator management and reducing known complications
from cardiac surgery such as atrial fibrillation, renal failure and stroke.
The committee meets monthly to review all patient outcomes and look for
opportunities to improve the care you receive.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding the program or your care,
please contact our Cardiac Surgery Program Manager Mike Brown by calling
Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator
A cardiac surgery nurse navigator, who promotes a holistic environment
for recovery, is a resource for patients and family members.
Your cardiac nurse navigator:
- Educates you on what will happen before, during, and after surgery
- Acts as liaison between you and your cardiac surgery team
- Informs you and your family about the different phases of recovery
- Gives you information and tool to assist your recovery
- Helps you experience a smooth discharge
- Assists you and your family with FMLA and work-related documentation
Before you leave the hospital, she ensures that you understand how to take
care of your wounds, how to take your medications and how to take and
chart your blood pressure and heart rate to share at your follow-up appointments.
J.R. moved to Fredericksburg after retiring from the Marine Corps. He lives
an active lifestyle as an avid biker and runner and by giving back to
our community. While overseas for a business trip, J.R. began experiencing
debilitating chest pains. As many athletes do, he decided to "push
through the pain." Little did he know, he was experiencing a 100%
blockage in his artery. A rule-out heart catheterization and subsequent
bypass surgery saved his life.
Cardiovascular Surgery Patient Experience
Your successful treatment and recovery require a focus on your mind and
spirit in addition to your body.
You will experience the following:
First Consult: You will be introduced to a nurse practitioner who will perform a physical
examination and ask a number of questions about your family and medical history.
Second Consult: A multidisciplinary, collaborative team including Dr. Na, will discuss
your treatment options with you and your family. We will determine the
best treatment for you.
Third Consult: You will meet with your cardiac nurse navigator, an individual who will
provide you with education and support before and during your treatment
Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital Stay
Following surgery, you will be in recovery in the Intensive Care Unit.
A specially trained team of surgical intensivists, cardiac physicians,
nurses, therapists and physician extenders will be responsible for monitoring
your condition and providing state-of-the-art care in our Cardiac Surgery
ICU. As your recovery progresses, you will move to our cardiac step-down
unit which is staffed by nurses specially trained to meet the needs of
the post-surgical cardiac patient.