Here's a look at just a few of the outstanding cardiology programs
throughout St. Joseph Health.
You depend on your heart to keep a steady beat. But sometimes hearts need
help. That’s why St. Joseph Health excels in cardiology services
across its hospitals. Let’s look at just a few of the outstanding
programs throughout our health system. Note that some of the services
listed may be available at more than one location, so consult the contact
information below to discover all the heart programs available at a hospital near you.
We’ve all seen ER teams rush to help a patient on television. But
for heroes saving hearts in real life, look to experts like the ER team at
St. Mary in Apple Valley. The hospital is designated as an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
Receiving Center by San Bernardino County and the Inland Counties Emergency
Medical Agency. STEMI stands for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, a
common form of heart attack wherein cardiac muscles are damaged and blood
flow is interrupted. Studies show that for best results, patients must
receive treatment in 90 minutes or less and STEMI centers are expert in
quickly providing the necessary treatment. For some, getting to a STEMI
center like St. Mary’s saves lives.
For other patients, heart problems don’t happen quite as suddenly,
but can be just as concerning. At the
Mission Hospital Heart Failure Program, teams used evidence-based care to treat a condition that sometimes begins
with swelling of the ankles or simple fatigue. The problem, however, is
that with heart failure, the heart is losing its ability to pump blood
and maintain the needs of the body. Recognizing symptoms of heart failure
is the first step in managing and treating the condition, and early diagnosis
can often reverse or even stop further problems. That’s why the
team at Mission Hospital works to raise awareness of heart failure, as
well as provide expert diagnosis so treatment can begin sooner.
Atrial fibrillation (“A-Fib”), or irregular heartbeat, is another
problem that worsens if undiagnosed, eventually putting patients at risk
of blood clots which can lead to stroke. Patients with A-Fib often report
feeling a thumping or fluttering sensation in their heart during light
or moderate activity as well as chest pain or pressure and shortness of
breath. Other symptoms include fatigue, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, faintness,
weakness, sweating and exhaustion during exercise. Some patients experience
no symptoms at all. Electrophysiology studies at
St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka help doctors diagnose the problem, which can be treated with medications
or advanced treatments like radiofrequency ablation, which sends a burst
of radiofrequency energy to the affected area when medications aren’t
Mission Hospital offers Stereotaxis, a remote magnetic navigation system which the physician
uses to safely guide a catheter to diseased cardiac tissue for treatment
of abnormal heartbeats. And Mission Hospital was the first hospital in
California to offer the convergent procedure for A-Fib, in which two doctors
combine their expertise by performing ablation both inside and outside
of the heart to check and eliminate A-Fib triggers.
And when hearts need the help of a pacemaker, how about the latest model
that’s no bigger than a large vitamin?
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the world’s smallest
pacemaker. Available for patients who have post-clinical trial bradycardia
(slow or irregular heart rhythm) the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System
(TPS) is implanted via a catheter. This mini-miracle is providing a safe
alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated
with leads – all while being cosmetically invisible.
When heart surgery is needed, but not an option due to illness or advanced
age for patients with aortic stenosis,
St. Joseph Hospital, Orange and
Covenant Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute are offering a life-saving answer. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
(TAVR) is a minimally-invasive procedure that
repairs the aortic valve without the need for an open heart procedure. TAVR is an image-guided
procedure that works by
inserting a new valve through a catheter into the femoral artery toward the heart. Once the new valve is in place,
it’s inflated, and it pushes the old valve aside and begins working
immediately. Patients enjoy less time in the hospital and typically regain
a better quality of life. And for many, it’s the heart repair they
never thought they could receive.
Of course, the best defense against heart disease is to change lifestyle
habits that lead to cardiac problems and other health concerns.
St. Jude Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the western United States to offer Ornish
Lifestyle Medicine™, rated the #1 Best Heart Health Diet by
News & World Report. The program is proven to “undo” or reverse the progression
of heart disease through simple but powerful lifestyle changes. Participants
in the St. Jude program are typically former heart patients. Sessions
focus on intensive lifestyle intervention aimed at dramatically improving
heart health through monitored exercise, personalized nutrition (vegetarian,
low-fat meals), stress management (restorative yoga and meditation), and
a support group.
For more information on these and other programs, in Northern California
call (877) 449-DOCS or visit
stjosephhealth.org; in Southern California call (877) 459-DOCS or visit
stjosephhoaghealth.org; and in Texas call (866) 426-8362 or visit
covenanthealth.org. To enroll or hear more about the Ornish program, call (714) 992-3000
ext. 3789 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Physician referral is required.