Southern California cardiologists
The skilled cardiovascular specialists at the Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital perform more than 250 heart surgeries a year. As the first hospital in Riverside County to receive full accreditation from the Society for Chest Pain Centers, we are passionate about cardiac care, and this accreditation signifies the highest level of care from the onset of symptoms through diagnosis and treatment.
At Riverside Community Hospital, we can help connect you to an experienced cardiologist. Our physicians are committed to making sure you and your families have access to quality cardiac care close to home from doctors you know and trust.
Our heart care services
Our network of interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, imaging specialists, anesthesiologists, vascular surgeons and thoracic surgeons will guide you from diagnosis to recovery, providing a wide range of cutting-edge cardiology services, including:
- First designated STEMI receiving center in Riverside County, with time-to-treatment under 90 minutes (quickest recorded at 23 minutes)
- High risk percutaneous interventions with left ventricular assist device support
- Rapid response AMI program
- Interventions of total coronary occlusion
- Advance electrophysiology diagnostic and interventions including treatments for atrial fibrillation
- First hospital in California accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, Level II
- Five state-of-the-art catheterization labs
- Cardiac patient transfers
- Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO)
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Echocardiography, vascular and ECG services and non-invasive stress testing
Invasive cardiac procedures includes:
- Coronary angiography and stenting
- Peripheral angiography and stenting
- Cardiac rhythm management device implants (pacemakers and ICD)
Severe aortic stenosis
Severe aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow. It can be caused by a birth defect or a build-up of calcium deposits that cause the valve to narrow or stiffen. Eventually, the heart gets weaker, increasing the risk of heart failure as the heart works harder to pump blood to the body.
Typically, patients with severe aortic stenosis present with symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or passing out and heart failure. Aortic stenosis is life threatening and the survival rates are only 50 percent at two years. Studies have shown that the stroke and mortality rates with TAVR are around one percent, which is 75 percent lower than open heart surgery.
Left atrial appendage occlusion
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than five million Americans. AF is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, have an increased risk of stroke. One in three AFib patients are likely to have a stroke.
As a regional leader in cardiovascular and valvular disease, as well as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Riverside Community Hospital is proud 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. Research has proven that the LAAO device is an alternative for stroke-risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF).
How the LAAO device works
The LAAO device is intended for transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure through the skin. The minimally invasive procedure includes inserting the lightweight device by catheter through a recipient’s blood vessel accessed through the groin. Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are at increased risk for stroke and systemic embolism, may need blood-thinning medications such as warfarin and who 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.
For more information on the Left atrial appendage occlusion procedure or to find a physician, call 951-788-3463.
The Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is a
leader in the Inland Empire region, treating some of the most complex heart
cases in the area, including severe aortic stenosis.
Sever aortic stenosis is where the aortic heart valve does not function normally and can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and more. We proudly offer an effective non-surgical procedure for qualifying patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
TAVR is a state-of-the-art treatment for aortic valve stenosis and allows patients to undergo aortic valve replacement through a small incision in the skin. For the appropriate patient, the TAVR procedure offers a minimally invasive treatment that results in optimal health outcomes and less intensive patient recovery when compared to surgical intervention.
Patients may live with aortic stenosis for many years during a latent asymptomatic period, even before symptoms of the disease develop and present. However, after patients begin experiencing symptoms, it is urgent they receive diagnosis and treatment.
Patient benefits of TAVR
- Performed without stopping the heart
- Cardiopulmonary bypass typically not needed
- Minimally invasive procedure that may result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time
- Possible better outcomes for the patient
If you would like to speak to a cardiologist at Riverside Community Hospital to see if TAVR is the right choice for you, please call our Physician Referral Hotline at (951) 788-3463.
Recognizing early heart attack symptoms
There are noticeable warning signs in most cases of heart attacks. According to the American College of Cardiology’s Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) initiative, symptoms of a heart attack can be observed in over 50 percent of patients who experienced the condition—however, patients were unaware of the warning signs. If these beginning symptoms are felt by a patient and are recognized in time, the heart muscle can be treated before the heart is damaged.