Comprehensive Cardiac Care in Sonoma County

The Norma and Evert Person Heart & Vascular Institute at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is the most experienced resource for comprehensive, high quality cardiac care in Northern California. For decades, we have been committed to helping our neighbors with heart disease lead longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Our highly skilled team of cardiologists, surgeons, registered nurses and other health care professionals combines the latest advances in cardiovascular medicine with personalized, compassionate care. We provide the expert, patient-focused care you need, precisely where you need it most - close to home.

When it comes to ensuring that you are placing your heart - and your life - in the most qualified and capable hands, there is no substitute for experience. As the area's leading heart center, we treat more patients with cardiovascular disease than any other facility in Coastal Northern California. We bring together cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, electrophysiologists and other specialists to provide the most advanced and effective treatments to our patients.

We offer a continuum of care that focuses on emergency care, diagnostic procedures, interventional cardiology, heart surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, education and much more.

Conditions Treated

Our experts specialize in diagnosing and treating blood vessel diseases and disorders. We offer a full range of open surgical vascular and minimally invasive endovascular procedures for diagnosis and treatment of disease, including:

  • Aneurysms
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Arterial Blockages
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Dialysis Access
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Varicose Veins

Cardiovascular Services

Diagnostic Cardiology

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
  • Echocardiography
  • EKG
  • 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
  • Cardioversion

Interventional Cardiology

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 heart disease.

Interventional Cardiology Procedures Include:

  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Placement of Stents
  • Coronary Atherectomy
  • Pericardial Effusion Drain
  • Rotoblation
  • Fractal Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Right Heart Catheterization
  • Left Heart Catheterization
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Heart Surgery

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 after OPCAB.
  • 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.

Heart Programs


The 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 disturbances.

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.

Structural Heart Program

The Structural Heart Program at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital uses the least invasive therapies to perform complex and effective structural heart and valve repairs. Procedures include:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to replace a diseased and restricting aortic valve with a new valve
  • MitraClip - a minimally invasive procedure used to treat leakiness or “regurgitation” of the mitral valve

Experienced, Highly Qualified Team

When it comes to ensuring that you are placing your heart - and your life - in the most qualified and capable hands, there is no substitute for experience. Our cardiac team includes triple board certified cardiologists and surgeons, as well as specially trained technicians and cardiac nurses. As the area's leading heart center, we treat more patients with cardiovascular disease than any other facility in Coastal Northern California.

Our doctors and nurses treated nearly 2,000 cardiac patients last year, and performed more than 13,000 cardiac outpatient procedures. Such high volume and specialized training gives our cardiac team a level of expertise that is unparalleled in the region.

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