BIOGRAPHY
Name

Baran Kilical MD

Biography

Dr. Kilical was born in Turkey and lived in several countries before his family settled in Northern Virginia when he was fifteen. He attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and the The George Washington University for undergraduate studies. He was embraced by GWU and stayed on for medical school, internship and residency in internal medicine, fellowships in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. Dr Kilical is board certified in both cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, but his true passion is the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. He provides medical management, implants pacemakers and defibrillators, and performs catheter ablations all for the treatment of heart rhythm disturbances. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, kitesurfing, and traveling. His wife is an orthopaedic hand surgeon also practicing in Maryland; the family resides in Annapolis. Dr. Kilical strives to provide excellent, evidence-based and up-to-date cardiac and electrophysiology care to all his patients.

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Heart Valve Disease

Medical technology has become quite exciting in the last few years. In the old days, if you had a heart valve problem, it’s a big mechanical item so it would require a big mechanical fix. Which would be an open heart surgery. Most people picture that as a big cut across their chest, a week to several weeks hospital stay and lots of risks. That has changed now. There are a lot of minimally invasive valve technologies that have emerged. Fixing the aortic valve was one of the first ones, and now including the mitral valve.

Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)

The heart is a very important organ and just like all of your organs, it too needs a blood supply. If you block the blood supply to the heart you can have a heart attack. One of the technologies used to treat these are stents. Older model stents were metal and they were made of mesh. However, these were prone to getting blocked down the road. The newer stents are drug coated and there have been multiple permutations of these drugs that have improved as we’ve understood the processes better. Recently, there have been absorbable stents, which seem to be the Utopia that they would serve their purpose, dissolve, and be gone.

Ventricular Tachycardia (Sudden Cardiac Death)

Sudden cardiac death is most commonly secondary to heart rhythm disturbances (ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation). We all have some small amount of risk of sudden cardiac death, but those... Continue Reading

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Atrial fibrillation is due to abnormal chaotic electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart known as atria. It is the most common heart rhythm disturbance. While it is... Continue Reading

Bradycardia, Heart Block

The ancient Greeks called the heart beat or pulse the “sphygmos.” It was around 1580 when Geronimo Mercuriale put together the idea that passing out and low heart rates were... Continue Reading