The Heart & Vascular Institute at Santa Rosa Memorial offers state-of-the-art
diagnostic procedures to aid in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment
of possible heart disease. Patients who have experienced shortness of
breath, episodes of fainting, chest pain or noticeable rhythm disturbances
- for example feeling the heart flutter - are evaluated to find the cause
of their symptoms.
Non-Invasive Diagnostic procedures include:
- Cardiac CT Angiography
- Nuclear Cardiology/Stress Testing: treadmil, non-treadmill, stress echocardiography,
pharmacological stress test, etc.
- Tilt Test
Invasive Diagnostic procedures include:
- Blood work: cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.
- Transesophageal echo
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is used to pinpoint
and diagnose problems with the function of the heart's muscles, walls
and valves, as well as the coronary arteries that feed blood to the heart.
Catheterization is the procedure that most precisely reveals the state
of the patient's coronary arteries. It is performed when history and physical
examination of the patient together with non-invasive tests strongly suggest
blockage in one or more coronary arteries.
Cardiac catheterization involves threading a catheter (long, thin tube)
from an artery or vein in the leg or arm into the heart. The Cath Lab
conducts various catheterization procedures to diagnose or treat coronary
Interventional Cardology Procedures Include:
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Placement of Stents
- Coronary Atherectomy
- Pericardial Effusion Drain
- Fractal Flow Reserve (FFR)
- Right Heart Catheterization
- Left Heart Catheterization
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Electrophysiology (EP) Lab in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Santa
Rosa Memorial Hospital is one of the longest running and most highly experienced programs in
Northern California for the evaluation and management of heart rhythm
Our dedicated and highly trained EP team is committed to getting the heart rhythm -
and the lives
- of our patients back to normal through comprehensive evaluation, treatment
and follow-up care. We perform a range of specialized services, including
electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and defibrillator implantations,
and ablation procedures.
Since its 1991 inception as the first electrophysiology lab in the North
Bay, the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital EP Lab has been on the forefront
of new procedures and technologies in heart rhythm management. Under the
leadership of EP Lab Director Peter Chang-Sing, M.D., F.A.C.C. our program
actively participates in clinical trials that often provide patients with
early access to new treatment options.
At Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital we bring a multidisciplinary approach to
the treatment of heart disease and heart failure utilizing leading edge
technology combined with research and comprehensive, compassionate patient
care. Our team of highly trained experts is committed to providing excellent care.
Surgical options for treating heart disease include:
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery - This surgical procedure is used to re-route the flow of blood around
a blocked artery. The surgeon takes a healthy blood vessel from another
part of the body and attaches one end above the blockage and the other below.
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft - Off pump, or beating heart surgery, is suitable for most patients. It
provides the full surgical benefit of coronary artery bypass surgery with
avoidance of exposure to the heart-lung machine. Off pump surgery can
reduce the risk of complications such as stroke, and reduces the risk
of exposure to transfusion. Patients feel better sooner and recover faster
Valve Repair and Replacement - This open-heart surgical procedure is performed when natural heart valves
fail to function properly, whether due to disease or advanced age. Whenever
possible, the surgeon tries to repair the malfunctioning valve. If that
is not possible, it is replaced with a mechanical valve.
Combination Bypass and Valve Surgery - This complex open-heart procedure is used in patients who require a
combined bypass and valve surgery to repair a faulty valve and bypass
blocked arteries at the same time.