MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute
The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute is leading the way in caring for complex cardiovascular disease with world-renowned cardiologists and surgeons utilizing the least invasive approach for patients.
The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute specializes in minimally invasive heart procedures, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and minimally invasive heart valve surgery. With these innovative techniques, patients benefit from fewer complications, less scarring, greater comfort and faster recoveries.
Distinguished as a leading heart and vascular institute, we offer personalized prevention programs, expert physicians, leading diagnostics, advanced treatment, rehabilitation, research and support. We're passionate about providing the highest quality of patient and family-centered care to every patient.
If you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away so that treatment can start as soon as possible. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
Occurs when faulty electrical signals cause the top chambers of the heart (atria) to beat very quickly and irregularly.
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Arteritis refers to inflammation of your arteries that damages your blood vessel walls and reduces blood flow to your organs.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Varicose veins are an example of PVD in the veins.
When the heart muscle does not get enough blood flow, which carries oxygen to the heart muscle, it results in chest pain (angina pectoris or just angina). Chest pain can occur for several reasons, but it should always be taken seriously as it could be the first sign of a heart attack.
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Cerebral Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that uses x-rays and an iodine-containing contrast material to produce pictures of blood vessels in the brain. Cerebral angiography may also be called intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IADSA).
Computed tomography angiography is an exam that uses a contrast (dye) that is placed into the blood stream so that vessels in the body can be seen when an internal image is taken. With Computed Tomography (CT) scanning you will lie on a CT examination table as it moves through the scanner.
Cardiac nuclear study is a painless exam that uses radioactive tracers to capture images of the heart and vascular system. Images reveal how the blood flows to the heart and how the heart pumps while under stress and at rest.
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Left ventricular reconstruction surgery is performed to repair a left ventricle that has been damaged during a heart attack. Heart attacks in the left ventricle weaken the tissue wall which forms scar tissue or an aneurysm (a balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel).
Endovascular surgical repairs of the thoraco-abdominal aorta and aortic arch offer a less invasive alternative to conventional open surgical repair.
The decision to repair versus replace the aortic valve is based on complex factors, as well as the experience and results of the particular treatment center.
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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