MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute
The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center offers the latest in advanced technologies, nationally recognized physicians and innovative treatments to provide the complete continuum of cardiovascular care.
Our best practice treatments, research and support programs are delivered with the latest technology in dedicated catheterization laboratories and operating rooms configured to fulfill the unique requirements of cardiovascular medicine.
Our care team diagnoses cardiovascular disease using the most advanced, non-invasive, and minimally invasive approaches. We use the latest in cardiovascular imaging equipment to provide a high-quality, integrated approach.
We offer the least invasive ways to care for complex cardiovascular issues through a minimally invasive first approach with catheters or tiny incisions. Utilizing the least invasive surgical techniques and specialized equipment, our cardiovascular surgeons perform the same lifesaving procedures while avoiding traditional open-heart surgery allowing patients to get back to their lives quicker by saving healthy tissue, reducing scarring and bleeding, and accelerating recovery time.
Cardiothoracic surgeons at Long Beach Medical Center use the da Vinci® Xi™ - the latest robotic-assisted surgical system on the market – to provide additional minimally invasive treatment options. The da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System gives surgeons a 3D visualization of the operating field with more precision and better optics. The surgical instruments give surgeons more freedom of movement, giving physicians access to hard-to-reach spots.
Through cutting-edge cardiac research, many of the newest and best treatment opportunities and technologies are available for our patients. By providing medications, devices, and therapies to the community – long before they become available elsewhere – makes our MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute a recognized leader in innovative, quality cardiac care.
We participate in the most scientifically sound protocols in cardiovascular research and is dedicated to offering qualified patients the latest treatment options available through innovation in medications, devices, and procedures.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to help those with heart conditions recover, as well as resume, develop, and/or maintain an active, heart-healthy lifestyle. Patients have access to nutritional counseling, structured exercise, risk factor modification, and educational opportunities.
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Varicose veins are dilated veins that have lost their valve effectiveness and become elongated, bulged and thickened. Veins carry blood from the capillaries to the heart. In the leg, this means the blood has to flow upward, against gravity. These veins have one-way valves to prevent the blood from flowing backwards.
Heart failure, sometimes known as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), occurs when the heart can't pump enough to the rest of the body. If the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood, it cannot meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen. The heart is a pump that circulates the blood throughout the body.
Bicuspid aortic valve is a defect in the heart’s aortic valve that is present at birth (congenital). Some medical experts suggest it may be caused by a connective tissue disorder similar to that which causes the heart and blood vessel problems in Marfan syndrome.
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Abdominal ultrasound is a painless exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of internal views of the stomach and nearby blood vessels. A special jelly is placed on the stomach while a wand-like device called a transducer is moved around.
An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test that records the electrical activity and the electrical pathways of your heart. This test is done to help determine the cause of a heart rhythm disturbance and used to provide possible treatment options. This procedure is done in a cardiac catheterization lab.
An angiogram is an imaging test that uses X-rays to view your body’s blood vessels.
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An ascending aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the portion of the aorta closest to the heart. The ascending aorta begins at the heart's left ventricle and extends to the aortic arch, or the bend in the aorta. Aneurysms in the ascending aorta and aortic arch usually require immediate surgery.
The Angiography Suite is a unique innovation offered through the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute. The suite takes minimally invasive capabilities to a higher level, with advanced imaging technology supporting a wide variety of interventional vascular procedures.
Innovative advancements in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgical techniques have allowed CABG surgery to be performed without having the heart stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine—cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and without having the breastbone split open.
Selecting specialists to treat your heart and vascular disease or condition is an important decision to make. When selecting a team of physicians it is important to look for specialists who are highly trained in their fields. The comprehensive teams of expert heart and vascular care specialists at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institutes located in Orange County and Los Angeles County are devoted to innovative heart care to improve the lives of residents in Southern California.
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