Internationally ranked cardiovascular services in Ventura, Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region

For more than 50 years, Los Robles Health System has led the way in providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for all areas of cardiovascular care, leading to the best outcomes for our patients. Our multi-disciplinary team is focused on heart and vascular health, from diagnosis of heart disease to management of heart failure and everything in between.

Make an appointment today! Meet our team of physicians specializing in cardiovascular care or call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 888-5746.

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Services we offer

The Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Health System is comprised of a dedicated team of in-house cardiologists and cardiac surgeons offering advanced heart care through:

Common conditions treated include:

Our outcomes for heart care are consistently in the nation’s top 10 percent. Your cardiovascular physician or surgeon will choose the best approach to the treatment that is unique to you and your needs. We also participate in multiple cutting edge clinical trials.

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Diagnostic and interventional cardiology

Diagnostic cardiology helps us to identify various abnormalities. Interventional cardiology is typically a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to repair parts of the heart like damaged vessels or narrowed arteries.

Ideally you should receive regular physical exams and screening for factors that may put you at risk for a heart attack or other disease. Heart attack blockages may be treated with balloon angioplasty (to compress soft plaque and open blockage), stenting (a small wire, thrombectomy (to remove blood clot that may be blocking artery or atherectomy (to help cut away hard calcium plaque along the wall of the vessel causing blockage).

Watch this helpful video to understand Coronary Artery Disease.

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Coronary artery disease

Coronary Artery Disease - Healthy Artery, Initial Fatty Deposits, Plaque Obstructs Bloodflow, Near Complete Blockage

The arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle are called coronary arteries. They carry oxygen to feed your heart muscle. Plaque is a mixture of fat and cholesterol. Smoking also causes great damage to vessels. When plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries, they become clogged so that your heart muscle may not get the blood supply that it needs. This can result in intermittent chest pains called angina, or a heart attack. A heart attack is also known as a myocardial infarction. The key to preserving your heart muscle is to correct the clogged blood supply to your heart before permanent damage to the heart muscle is done. Time is muscle. Never delay in seeking medical care if you think your heart may be involved.

Heart catheterization

heart catheterization

A heart catheterization looks inside the arteries that feed your heart muscle. This is also known as an angiogram. When you are brought to the Catheterization Lab, you will be assisted on to the procedure table. The area around where your artery will be accessed is then shaved and scrubbed. A sterile drape will cover you from your chin to the foot of the table. It is important that you not touch the cleansed area to the top of the sterile drape. A small tube similar to an IV may be placed through an artery in your groin, or arm after the area is numbed. A long, thin catheter is then gently floated up to the coronary arteries where small amounts of X-ray dye are injected to look for any blockages. It is important that you notify the staff of any allergies to Iodine or shellfish. If you do have an allergy to these, precautions can be taken so that you do not have any reaction. Your cardiologist may also inject a larger amount of dye to see how strong your whole heart muscle is working. This also shows how well the valves (doors) between the chambers of the heart are working. With this picture, a warm, flush feeling is felt for approximately 1-2 seconds. You will be awake during the procedure, but may receive some medication to relax you if you desire.

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

Balloon Angioplasty - Balloon inserted in narrowed area, Balloon inflated flattening plaque, Artery is widened blood flow is improved

Coronary Angioplasty is used to open one or more clogged or narrowed arteries in your heart. Just as a catheter is used to visualize your arteries, a small balloon tipped catheter may be floated up to the blocked area in the coronary artery and inflated to flatten the plaque against the artery wall so that more blood can reach the heart muscle.

Coronary stent placement

Balloon Angioplasty and Stents - Artery, Deflated Balloon, Plaque, Closed Stent Inflated Balloon, Expanded Stent Balloon inflated flattening plaque Stent Widens Artery, Compresses Plaque, Increased Blood Flow

A coronary stent is a small, slotted round tube made of medical-grade stainless steel designed to support the wall of the coronary artery. This is used when the interventional cardiologist feels that it is needed to prevent re-narrowing (restenosis) of the area. It is placed over a balloon catheter, passed through the blockage and expanded to stay inside the artery. Over the next weeks, your cells form a natural covering that hold the stent securely in place. Metal detectors or appliances such as microwaves will not affect your stent.

Drug-eluting coronary stent

A drug-eluting stent allows for the release of a particular drug at the stent implantation site. This drug limits the over-growth of normal tissue as the healing process occurs. Studies have shown that this process significantly lowers the incidence of repeat procedures.

Coronary atherectomy

Rotational atherectomy involves inserting a small drill into the coronary arteries to grind up plaque and increase blood flow to the heart.

Sometimes the Interventional Cardiologist may use a catheter with a tiny diamond coated drill tip (Rotational Atherectomy) to get rid of hard plaque.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

Before surgery - blocked artery, damaged heart muscle; After surgery - bypass graft

Coronary artery bypass surgery may be recommended for multiple blockages or high-risk blockages. The bypass graft is a piece of blood vessel used to make a bypass around the blocked area. Similar to freeway overpasses.

Medical treatment only

Some people may not be good candidates for coronary intervention because of the complexity of their disease or because of other underlying disease processes. They also may not have good quality targets to bypass vessels to. In this case, the doctor will use medications to improve blood flow and to help provide the best control over symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath.

Renal artery stent placement

Renal artery stenosis is a blockage of the artery or arteries supplying blood to your kidneys. It can make high blood pressure (hypertension) harder to control, even with multiple medications. Renal artery stenosis can also cause worsening kidney function, which is measured using a blood test called creatinine.

Peripheral artery angioplasty/stent placement

Angioplasty for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) interferes with one's lifestyle by decreasing walking ability and affecting overall health. Left untreated, PAD increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation and death. Placement of a stent to the affected vessel is a less invasive way to improve flow to the affected extremity. Examples of affected vessels: Iliac, Femoral, and Tibial Artery Stenosis

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Cardiovascular catheterization is very safe when performed by an experienced team. Generally the risk of serious complications ranges from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 500. Risks of the procedure include the following:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Trauma to the artery caused by hematoma
  • Low blood pressure
  • Reaction to contrast medium
  • Hemorrhage
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

Other considerations associated with any type of catheterization include the following:

  • In general, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, and pain at the IV site.
  • There is always a very small risk that the soft plastic catheters could actually damage the blood vessels.
  • Blood clots could form on the catheters and later block blood vessels elsewhere in the body.
  • The contrast material could damage the kidneys (particularly in patients with diabetes).

*You may search the Medline Plus Encyclopedia sponsored by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health for more information or information in Spanish.

After your procedure, follow the guidelines below for the most successful outcome.

  • Do not to bend your “procedure leg” or strain to sit up for the first 6 hours after your procedure. The nursing staff will check your leg for warmth and color. They will also look for any bleeding.
  • Medications may be given to you to help thin the blood and prevent blood clots. Take your medications as instructed until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not miss any doses. Call your doctor if you cannot tolerate your medications or develop any side effects such as bleeding, upset stomach, rash, or have any questions.
  • You will receive a stent implant identification card to be kept in your wallet. This will identify the type of and location of your stent.
  • It is important that you tell any doctor or dentist treating you if you have a stent implant.
  • Avoid taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen containing products such as Motrin or Advil as routine pain relievers. These products may increase the risk of bleeding. Use a non-aspirin pain reliever such as Tylenol instead.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or straining the first week after your procedure. If you notice bright red bleeding, hold firm pressure at the site for 30 minutes and notify your physician.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain or notice any changes such as more severe of frequent chest discomfort, especially in the first month after a procedure.
  • To help yourself stay healthy in the future, you are encouraged to make diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Walking on a regular basis helps to promote growth of helper vessels to increase blood supply to all areas.

Structural heart disease treatment

The Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Health System is the only comprehensive heart center between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara that has physicians on staff capable of performing transcatheter repair or replacement of aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves. (TAVR, MitraClip, TriClip). The Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Health System conducts research for a wide range of cardiovascular disorders and offers patients opportunities to participate in research and clinical trials. Below is more information about clinical trials currently underway at Los Robles.

Advances in technology have spawned new minimally invasive procedures for treatment of structural heart diseases which occur when the walls and valves of your heart become damaged or diseased. Think of the structure as the walls and beams that hold the heart together. When these structures become damaged, the heart has to work harder to pump blood and oxygen through the rest of the body. For those who may not be candidates for a transcatheter valve therapy, there are other minimally invasive surgical alternatives.

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Aortic valve disease

There are two main types of aortic valve disease—aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation

Aortic stenosis: Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow. In elderly patients, severe aortic stenosis is sometimes caused by the build-up of calcium on the aortic valve’s leaflets. Over time, the leaflets become stiff, reducing their ability to fully open and close. When the leaflets do not fully open, the heart must work harder to push blood through the aortic valve to the body. If the heart works too hard, it can lead to heart failure.

Aortic regurgitation: In aortic regurgitation, the valve does not close tightly, causing leaky valves and reversed blood flow from the aorta to the left ventricle causing the heart to work harder than it should. When severe, surgery may be needed to replace the valve.

Aortic Valve Disease Treatment

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

If a cardiac surgeon determines you are at high-risk or too sick for open-heart surgery, and your medicine is not helping you feel better, TAVR allows a new valve to be inserted within your diseased aortic valve while your heart is still beating. This minimally invasive transcatheter procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve.

The TAVR approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve through a catheter. Once the aortic valve replacement expands, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow.

Traditional valve replacement surgery requires an open-heart procedure with a “sternotomy,” in which the chest is surgically open for the procedure. The TAVR procedure can be done through very small openings that leave all the chest bones in place.

The TAVR procedure is performed using one of two different approaches, allowing the cardiologist or surgeon to choose which one provides the best and safest way to access the valve:

  • TAVR procedure can be performed by entering through the femoral artery (large artery in the groin), called the transfemoral approach, which does not require a surgical incision in the chest. We routinely use brain protection called “the Sentinel Device” to minimize the chance of stroke.
  • Minimally invasive valve repair/replacement can be performed by using a minimally invasive surgical approach with a small incision in the chest and entering through a large artery in the chest or through the tip of the left ventricle (the apex), which is known as the transapical approach.

Mitral valve disease

View Morris' Story, Mitral Valve Regurgitation

There are two types of mitral valve disease—mitral regurgitation and mitral stenosis. Mitral valve disease prevents proper flow of the blood through the heart.

Mitral regurgitation: The most common heart valve disorder is mitral regurgitation, where the mitral valve does not close properly causing blood to flow backwards to the upper heart chamber to the lungs reducing the amount of blood flowing to the rest of the body. This places undue pressure on the lungs. When the heart works harder to pump blood, the lungs are strained which can lead to shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and congestive heart failure. When severe, surgery or a catheter-based treatment may be required to replace the valve.

Adult congenital heart disease

Congenital heart disease involves problems with heart structures that have existed since birth. Some congenital heart defects might not cause any problems. Complex defects, however, can cause life-threatening complications. Sometimes, signs and symptoms of congenital heart disease are not seen until you're an adult. This defect is often first detected when the doctors hears a murmur while listening to the heart with a stethoscope. There are many advanced therapies for congenital heart defects.

Atrial septal defect (ASD)

Atrial Septal Defect - Oxygen-rich blood (higher pressure) leaking to Right atrium; 1. Right atrium, 2. Right ventricle, 3. Left atrium, 4. Left ventricle, Red - higher pressure, Blue - lower pressure

An Atrial Septal Defect is a hole in the wall (septum) between the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. While a small defect may go unnoticed and never cause a problem, a large defect may require surgery or a device closure to prevent damage to heart and lungs. Treating the atrial septal defect may help alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling of legs or abdomen, palpitations (skipped heart beats) and prevent stroke.

Patent foramen ovale (PFO)

During fetal development a small opening called the Foramen Ovale exists between the two upper chambers of the heart (atria). It normally closes during infancy however in approximately 25 percent of the population. Most people never need treatment, however, it can be associated with things like migraines with aura and unexplained strokes is small blood clots travel to the brain through this opening.

View Harry's Story, Patent Foramen Ovale

In a normal heart (left), the foramen ovale has closed, separating the right atrium (RA) from the left Atrium (LR); in a heart with PFO, venous blood leaks from the right into the left atrium, then out to the body.

Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Ventricular Septal Defect - Oxygen-rich blood leaking to Right ventricle of heart and Oxygen poor blood (lower pressure) leaking to Left Ventricle; 1. Right atrium, 2. Right ventricle, 3. Left atrium, 
4. Left ventricle, Red - higher pressure, Blue - lower pressure

A ventricular septal defect is a hole between the walls (septum) of the hearts large, lower pumping chambers called ventricles. This type of defect is typically evident early in an infant’s life. Occasionally, a ventricular septal defect may not be evident until one becomes an adult.

Transcatheter treatment of congenital heart defects

Treatment of congenital heart defects such as atrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale or ventricular septal defect and be managed with heart catheters. These treatments can be done without open-heart surgery. Instead, the doctor inserts catheter into a leg vein or artery and guides it to the heart using X-ray. Once the catheter is in position, a closure device can be used to repair the defect.

Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome

Some people may be born with an extra electrical pathway between the heart’s upper and lower chambers which causes a very fast heartbeat. Although it is typically not life-threatening, it can impact your quality of life. Most people with this extra pathway have no symptoms, and it is only detected by a tell-tale sign on a 12 lead ECG. If however you are one of the ones that does experience the troublesome rapid heartbeat, a catheter-based procedure (catheter ablation) can permanently correct the heart rhythm problems.

Stroke prevention

Reducing the risk of stroke with trans catheter aortic valve replacement

A device known as the Sentinel may be used to reduce the risk of stroke in trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A TAVR procedure includes risk of dislodging embolic debris which can include pieces of arterial wall, valve tissue, calcium, or other foreign material which can lead to stroke.

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular and sometimes very fast heart rate that puts people at risk for stroke and heart failure. It is a result of the atria beating chaotically, not in sync with the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. Sometimes it comes and goes, sometimes it may not stop and will require treatment. The greatest risk comes when it is left untreated for more than 3 days without being on any type of a blood thinner to prevent clot formation. Clots which may form in the atria which quiver instead of contract can lead to the formation of clots in the heart that can travel to the brain, causing a stroke. AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than five million Americans. Learn more about Atrial Fibrillation from the American Heart Association.

Left atrial appendage closure

A device that provides alternative to long-term medication treatment – Los Robles among first in the nation to perform the latest in minimally invasive cardiovascular treatment for AFib – learn more:

Los Robles was among the first hospitals in the region to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), an alternative to long-term warfarin medication with a new left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) device – The Watchman. Research has proven that the LAAO device is an alternative for stroke-risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF).

The LAAO device is intended for transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure through the skin. Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are at increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism, are suitable for warfarin and seek a non-pharmacologic alternative to warfarin may be eligible for a left atrial appendage ligation. By closing off the LAA, a thin, sack-like appendix arising from the left side of the heart that is believed to be the source of a majority of stroke-causing blood clots in people with non-valvular AF, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

Learn more about stroke and our comprehensive stroke center.

Left atrial appendage clots

The condition known as atrial fibrillation can lead to blood pooling and forming clots in the left atrial appendage (LAA). These clots can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.

As an option for AFib patients who cannot tolerate other medical therapy such as blood thinners, your physician may recommended LAA closure to reduce the risk of stroke. The Lariat procedure is a minimally invasive approach that will immediately and permanently close the LAA and prevent blood clots entering the blood stream.

The Lariat closes the LAA with a pre-tied suture loop precisely to the base of the LAA to close it off. The procedure is performed fluoroscopy (x-ray) and ultrasound referred to as trans-esophageal echocardiography.

Unlike other LAA closure devices, the Lariat leaves nothing on the inside of the heart. Within a few months after closure with the Lariat, the LAA will disappear and cease to be a source of blood clots.

Carotid stenting

Carotid Artery Stenosis is a narrowing in the carotid artery usually caused by a buildup of plaque which may lead to stroke. Much like coronary artery stents, carotid stents are made of metal and are permanently placed in the carotid artery at the point of the narrowing. Stents are inserted on a balloon catheter, and expanded in place to open the blockage in the carotid artery. Additionally, we provide procedures such as angiography and angioplasty.

Pulmonary thrombolysis or thrombectomy for emergent massive pulmonary embolism

Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and sometimes very fatal disease. Just like with heart attack or stroke, it is critical that therapy be administered in a timely fashion so that recurrent thromboembolism and death can be prevented. Treatments may include administration of clot busting medication (thrombolysis) through a catheter, and clot removal. The use of an FDA approved device called EKOS simultaneously delivers Thrombolytic agents and ultrasound energy into the clot. This method requires a reduced amount of thrombolytic medication compared to standard catheter directed therapy, with less time and less risk of bleeding.

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Electrophysiology

An Electrophysiology study is a diagnostic procedure that examines the electrical function of your heart. Electrophysiologists can correct many abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supra ventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and Wolf-Parkinson White Syndrome.

Heart rhythm therapies also include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy and laser lead extraction. These devices can help to control atrial fibrillation with rate control and synchronization between the atria and the ventricles (the heart’s upper and lower chambers), improving one’s quality of life. Devices used may also treat dangerous rhythms such as heart block, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

Implantable loop recorders

  • A loop recorder is a small device that is implanted or injected below the skin of the patient’s chest.
  • Measuring no larger than a pack of gum, this powerful device can record any arrhythmias for up to 3 years.

Catheter ablations

  • An arrhythmia is often caused by cells in the heart that “misfire” or change the normal electrical conduction to an abnormal electrical conduction. This misfiring can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Your physician may prescribe medications to control the abnormal conduction. Common arrhythmias include atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia and ventricular arrhythmias
  • An ablation may be recommended to you when medication fails to control the abnormal rhythm.
  • Catheter ablation uses a series of thin, flexible wires (catheters) that are inserted through an artery or vein and guided to the heart.
  • Once the electrophysiologist has made sure you are in the abnormal rhythm, a 3-D map is created showing us the abnormal rhythm's type and location.
  • Using the map as a guide, the Electrophysiologist places the catheter in the correct area and destroys the problem cells with a very small and focused radiofrequency wave.
  • The Electrophysiologist will then try to induce the abnormal rhythm to make sure that the problem cells are no longer causing a problem. Once we find that there is no longer a problem we consider the procedure successful.

Cryoablation

  • Cryoballoon catheter ablation represents an alternative to traditional RF energy ablation associated with similar outcomes for paroxysmal AF patients but with shorter procedure times and less radiation exposure.

3-Dimensional mapping of the heart

  • 3-D maps of the heart and its chambers are created in “real time” to help visualize the source and path of the arrhythmia. At our facility we have both the Velocity and Carto 3 mapping systems. Equipped with the latest software, they aid our team in seeing the structures of the heart so we can position the catheters within 1mm accuracy of the problem cells.
  • Improved visualization helps reduce x-ray exposure as well as significantly decreasing the length of the procedure.

3 Dimensional intra cardiac and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE and ICE)

  • An ICE catheter is a small ultrasound device placed within the heart. ICE provides clear information about the structure of the heart as well as the position of the catheter.
  • With our high resolution pictures that we get with ICE, the Electrophysiologist is able to cross between atrial chambers safely and efficiently. By minimizing the potential for complications, the Electrophysiologist can focus on the task of ridding the heart of the problem cells.

Implantable device therapies

Pacemaker insertions

  • A pacemaker is a device that regulates the beating of the heart by delivering an electrical impulse through electrodes connected to the heart muscle.
  • This device will “pace” the heart rate when it senses your heart is too slow (Bradycardia) and / or it will take over from the heart's natural pacemaker when it is functioning improperly.
  • Patients implanted with a pacemaker can expect a quick recovery and return to their previous activity level.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)

  • The ICD device is slightly larger than a pacemaker and monitors the heart for abnormal heart beats which are considered “lethal”.
  • This device is implanted in patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. The ICD is capable of delivering an internal shock, directly into the heart muscle, when it senses that the heart is in either a rhythm called ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
  • This device will help to convert the heart rhythm back to normal. The ICD can also function as a pacemaker if necessary.

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

  • CRT devices are either pacemakers or defibrillators with an extra lead attached which can pace both ventricles of the heart.
  • This device can be programmed to help the ventricles of the heart to synchronize and improve cardiac function.
  • This device has been shown to reduce mortality and improve the quality of life in patients with Congestive Heart Failure and a low ejection fraction.

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Cardiovascular surgery

New advancements in cardiovascular surgery mean that procedures that once only lasted a few years now last decades. Meet Lisa, at only 49-years-old, she had no idea that she was at risk and underwent triple bypass surgery. These days, bypass surgery is not only kinder and gentler, but also state-of-the-art. The goal is a less traumatic operation that can last decades.

Skilled in both on-pump and off-pump procedures, the experts at the Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles have some of the best outcomes in cardiovascular surgery in the region.

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)

Left - Saphenous vein bypass from leg; Right - Radial artery bypass from arm (new blood); Legend: Red arrow – artery, Blue arrow – veins, White arrow - blood flow, Yellow dots – blocked arteries, close-up of artery - Blood flow is blocked

CABG is an invasive surgical procedure, which will allow your cardiovascular surgeon to bypass, or graft, a blockage you have in one of your coronary arteries with a blood vessel from another part of your body. The vessels chosen by the surgeon to use as the bypass graft will depend on what you have available and could come from your leg, your arm or an artery called the internal mammary, which comes from your chest wall.

Valve surgery

Valve surgery is an invasive surgical procedure, which will allow your cardiovascular surgeon to repair any of your four heart valves. These valves—the tricuspid valve, pulmonary valve, aortic valve and mitral valve—keep blood flowing in the correct direction.

Other Cardiovascular surgeries

  • Combination bypass and valve surgeries
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • MAZE procedures for atrial fibrillation

View John’s Story, Quintuple Bypass Surgery

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Non-invasive cardiovascular testing

Our non-invasive cardiovascular testing departments are designed to assist the physician in gathering information about the patient to assess cardiac or vascular functioning. These departments include electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.

Electrocardiogram department

In our EKG department, you can receive one of the following cardiac tests:

  • 12-lead EKG: A 12-lead EKG is a recording of your heart’s electrical signals as recorded on paper. This recording will give your physician information to show any potential problems with the electrical system of your heart. Sometimes a physician may want to see more than what a 12-lead EKG test can show and will order a holter monitor or an event monitor for you to wear for a longer period of time.
  • Tilt table test: A tilt table test is done to give your physician more information if you are experiencing fainting, also known as syncope. During the exam, the physician may try to recreate the symptoms you have when you faint in order to provide proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • Stress test: Stress tests allow your physician to see how your heart is responding to exercise. This test uses a treadmill or medication to speed up your heart rate. At times, an echocardiogram will be performed to give the physician ultrasound images to see how your heart is working when exercising.

Echocardiography department

In our echocardiography department, you can receive heart tests that will give your physician information about how well you heart is working. These ultrasound images give clear pictures of the walls, chambers and size of your heart. Our clinical staff is certified to provide the best imaging possible. These ultrasound tests include:

  • TEE exam: The TEE exam is completed when your physician wants to have a closer look at your heart from inside your esophagus (or throat). These ultrasound images can give your physician information about diagnosing and treating diseases, infections or problems with the walls or chambers of your heart.

Vascular ultrasound department

Peripheral Artery Disease (Arteriosclerosis)

In our vascular ultrasound department, you can receive testing which will give your physician information about the vessels of your body, including your brain vessels and the carotids in your neck all the way down to your lower legs. These ultrasound images help to show how fast your blood is moving through your vessels. Additionally, our clinical staff also performs an exam looking for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) called an ankle-brachial index test (ABI). Our clinical staff is specialty certified to provide the best imaging possible. Vascular imaging will give your physician information about diagnosis and treatment options for possible blockages, aneurysms, tears, blood clots and varicose veins.

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Cardiac rehabilitation

Our cardiologists and registered nurses are here to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease within Ventura County. Our cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to aid our patients back into a productive, active lifestyle after a heart attack or heart surgery. Visit our cardiac rehabilitation page for a more information about our cardiac rehab program.

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Clinical trials

Our cardiovascular research team and physician leaders are integral to the process of improving the lives of those in our community using leading edge techniques, medicines and processes. Our team members are also trained and certified by the National Institute of Health.

We conduct studies and clinical trials, many of which have been affiliated with major research institutions such as Yale and Duke. Learn more about our clinical trials.

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Make an appointment today! Meet our team of physicians specializing in cardiovascular care or call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 888-5746.