Quality heart healthcare in Ventura County, California
For over four decades, Los Robles Regional Medical Center has led the way in providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for all areas of cardiac and cardiovascular care, leading to the best outcomes for our patients.
To find a Los Robles Regional Medical Center physician specializing in cardiac care, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 888-5746.
Our cardiologists are highly trained and our outcomes for heart care are 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. We focus on your outcomes as a team and create the best treatment plan for your needs.
Interventional cardiology is typically a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to repair parts of the heart like damaged vessels or narrowed arteries; however, there are some invasive procedures. Our technologies range from catheterization (or angiogram), angioplasty, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), fractional flow reserve (FFR) and stent placement as well as balloon pump and the Impella® device to enhance the support of the heart.
Common conditions treated by interventional cardiology include heart valve disease, peripheral vascular disease and coronary artery disease.
Electrophysiology (EPS) is a diagnostic procedure that examines the electrical function of your heart. Our electrophysiologist physicians use this procedure to examine your heart rate, which assist in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms.
The majority of procedures, including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and catheter and epicardial ablations are done with minimally invasive techniques on an outpatient basis. We are also happy to provide implantable loop recorders, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), 3D mapping and laser lead extraction.
Los Robles Regional Medical Center is proud to offer full cardiovascular surgical services in Ventura County, California. Our team of cardiovascular surgeons has substantial expertise today to care for our patients and our community. Skilled in both on-pump and off-pump procedures, we are proud to say that we have some of the best outcomes in cardiovascular surgery.
Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
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 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.
Carotid Artery Stenosis is a narrowing in the carotid artery usually caused by a buildup of plaque.
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.
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.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has accredited Los Robles Regional Medical Center as a Chest Pain Center since 2008. We are the only facility in Ventura County that holds this designation. As an accredited facility, we work closely with our pre-hospital partners in Emergency Medical Services to bring the best possible care to our community. Among our accomplishments, we are proud to be the only hospital in the state to be certified by both Ventura and Los Angeles counties as a STEMI- designated center for rapid heart attack response. In addition, Los Robles Regional Medical Center is in the nation's top 10 percent for acute heart attack care and our “door to balloon” times for transferring patients from hospital to hospital are among the best in the nation.
The benefits to being a chest pain accredited facility go beyond the improved evidence-based processes. At Los Robles Regional Medical Center, our goal is to create awareness for heart disease so that you have the latest information available to you. We provide year-round lectures and community education events to highlight the latest treatments and breakthroughs in the fight against heart disease.
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 electrocardiography (EKG), echocardiography and vascular ultrasound.
- 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 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.
- Tilt table tests are done to give your physician more information if you are having problems with 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 tests allow your physician to see how your heart is responding to exercise. This can be a test, which uses a treadmill or medication to speed up your heart. At times, an echocardiogram will be performed to give the physician ultrasound images to see how your heart is working when exercising.
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
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 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.
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 several studies and clinical trials, many of which have been affiliated with major research institutions such as Yale and Duke, on topics including:
- Young women and heart disease
- Anti-platelet therapy after stent placement
- New options for stroke treatment
- New options for heart failure treatment
- Non-surgical options for carotid artery stenosis
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR)
The TAVR procedure, allows patients to undergo aortic valve replacement through a small incision in the skin. It is a state-of-the-art treatment for aortic valve stenosis. Los Robles is the first hospital in Ventura County to offer the TAVR procedure.
What is TAVR?
An alternative approach to open-heart surgery, TAVR is a less invasive procedure that allows a new valve to be inserted within your diseased aortic valve while your heart is still beating. Cardiopulmonary bypass is usually not required. The TAVR procedure can be performed through three different approaches – transfemoral, transapical or transaortic. Your doctor will decide which approach is best for you based on your medical condition and other factors.
For more information, please visit newheartvalve.com.
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