Cardiology

Division of Cardiology at GBMC

The Division of Cardiology provides a full range of non-invasive testing including stress tests, stress radionuclide studies, conventional and transesophageal echocardiography, on-site Holter monitoring and transtelephonic event monitoring. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab offers pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, ablation procedures and diagnostic catheterization.

To find a cardiologist who is right for you, call 443-849-GBMC (4262) or follow the link to Find a Doctor.

Program Features for Both Inpatients and Outpatients:
  • Stress tests
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing and interpretation
  • Holter monitoring and interpretation
  • Echocardiograms
  • Diagnostic catheterizations
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) and TEE interpretation
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Emergency Room cardiac coverage
  • Preventative programs for patients at risk of heart attacks
Program Benefits to Patients and Physicians:
  • Immediate response to physicians and their patients
  • Enhanced cardiology procedures available at GBMC
  • Continuum of care from general to specialized care for cardiac patients

Reed Riley, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiology


Dr. Riley earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed his Cardiology fellowship training at Duke University. He is board-certified in Cardiology.

On the GBMC campus, there are four different cardiology offices for patients' consideration. These include the office of Louis Grenzer, MD, the Johns Hopkins Cardiology office, the office of Robert Medalie, MD, and Michael Pressel, MD, and the office of MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Am I at risk for heart disease? Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, causing 40 percent of American deaths. It affects both men and women, so everyone should at least think about being at risk for heart disease. Conditions that may put a person at a higher risk for heart disease include family history of heart disease, personal history of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and tobacco use.

What are the warning signs of heart disease?Fifty percent of people who have heart attacks have no warning symptoms at all. For those who do have warning symptoms, the most common include extertional chest pressure, exertional breathlessness, sweatiness or generalized fatigue. Women often have more atypical symptoms, such as fatigue, making the diagnosis of heart disease in women a particular challenge.

What can be done if coronary disease develops?There are typically three treatment options for heart disease that play a role in reducing symptoms, preventing heart attacks and prolonging life. Options are as follows:
1) Medications to reduce pain and prevent heart attacks.
2) Balloons and stent procedures
3) Open heart surgery

 

 

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