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Cardiac Surgery

State-Of-The-Art Cardiac Care from Mary Washington Healthcare

At Mary Washington Healthcare, our cardiovascular program provides a range of the latest techniques for addressing heart conditions, including both minimally invasive procedures and conventional approaches like surgery. We prioritize your well-being and individual requirements, ensuring you receive the quality of care typical of a major medical center. Through our participation in advanced clinical studies, we offer treatment possibilities that might not be offered by other cardiovascular programs. We also equip you with the knowledge to maintain your health throughout your recuperation and into the future.

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Alex Sang Ho Na, MD, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery

Alex Sang Ho Na

Dr. Alex Na 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.

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John C. Cardone, MD, Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Director, Structural Heart Program

John Cardone

Dr. John Cardone is a board certified, fellowship trained cardiothoracic surgeon and strategic contributor to the award-winning Advanced Cardiac Care team at Mary Washington Hospital. He specializes in excision of cardiac tumors, coronary artery revascularization, complex valve repair and replacement, atrial fibrillation correction surgery, and open and endovascular surgery of the thoracic and abdominal aorta. His background and success in performing cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgical procedures have contributed to Mary Washington Healthcare's many technological advances, including minimally invasive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

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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.

Treatments include:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (both conventional and off-pump bypass surgery)
  • Multi-valve replacement/repair
  • Complex mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Convergence procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Aortic reconstruction surgery for dissection/aneurysm and traumatic injury
  • Adult congenital heart surgery
  • Cardiac tumor excision
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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

After your cardiologist refers you to us, our multidisciplinary heart surgery team comes together to evaluate your case and suggest the most suitable treatment. We're committed to enhancing our quality of care, striving to match the standards of the best hospitals nationwide. That's why we've established a Cardiac Surgery Quality Committee. This group consists of experts from all areas relevant to our cardiovascular patients. They meet monthly to discuss topics like conserving blood, managing ventilators, and reducing common complications associated with heart surgery, such as atrial fibrillation, renal failure, and stroke. These meetings aim to analyze patient outcomes and identify ways to enhance the care you receive.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the program or your care, please contact Mike Brown, Cardiac Surgery Program Manager, Mary Washington Hospital. 540.372.7792.

Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator

Cardiac surgery nurse navigators are an integral part of your cardiac care team. They promotes a holistic environment for recovery and are a valuable 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.

Denise had a complicated and dangerous open heart surgery, performed by Alex Na, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Mary Washington Hospital. Five years later, she reflects back on the life-changing surgery and what it meant to her and her family. We are so happy to share her story.

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 and recovery.

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.

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