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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital's Cardiology Department?

Your Health. Your Hospital

Our heart is the strongest muscle in our body and is part of a marvelous, yet very vulnerable system. During your lifetime, your heart will beat around 2.5 billion times, pumping blood around the body through arteries and the capillaries in all parts of the body. Our bodies take oxygen and nutrients from the blood, which passes through the liver on the way back, where waste product is removed. The blood then returns to the heart via the veins in the right chambers of the heart. At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we strive to provide quality healthcare to people who need it the most, as our cardiology department includes some of the most renowned medical professionals in the country.

Care: From the Heart

Cardiology is a medical branch that concerns disorders of the heart and includes the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and electrophysiology. In other words, cardiology is a specialty regarding the normal functionality of the heart and the deviation from a healthy heart. Our primary goal is to detect, evaluate and diagnose disorders of the heart early so as to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome.

There are numerous factors, often stemming from our lifestyle, that can lead to the development of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Consequently, you should take good care of your heart in order to avoid it. If, however, you struggle with heart disease, the cardiologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will prescribe you the most effective, as well as the safest, treatment for your health problem.

Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Treatments

As a subspecialty of cardiology, interventional cardiology is a branch of medicine that uses non-surgical treatment approaches for a wide range of heart conditions and diseases. These treatment approaches often involve the use of a catheter, a thin and long tube that is usually inserted through a blood vessel to reach the heart. Some of the procedures that are performed by interventional cardiologists are:

  • removing coronary artery blockages
  • stopping heart attacks
  • correcting valvular heart disease
  • treating peripheral or aortic vascular problems

This minimally invasive treatment approach has a number of noteworthy benefits for the patient, such as minimal discomfort and a short recovery time. During the procedure, the physician inserts a catheter into a blood vessel near the groin and uses X-rays to guide the catheter to the area of the blockages. However, interventional cardiology does not only entail the treatment of heart conditions and diseases, as it can also be used in the diagnosis of these health issues. It helps doctors assess the function of the heart and blood vessels without using invasive methods.

Treatments & Procedures

Regardless of how complex and challenging your case may be, our cardiologists are ready to help you by providing individualized treatment after a thorough assessment of your heart. After undergoing all the necessary tests to help your cardiologist evaluate the health of your heart, they will recommend you the most effective treatment approach, which can be:

  • PACEMAKER IMPLANTATION
  • ANGIOGRAM
  • FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE (FFR)
  • OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)
  • INTRAVASCULAR ULTRASOUND (IVUS)
  • VALVULOPLASTY
  • PERCUTANEOUS VALVE REPLACEMENT
  • PERCUTANEOUS VALVE REPAIR
  • CORONARY THROMBECTOMY

Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Treatments

By using the most advanced and innovative technology, our expert medical team can perform a number of tests to detect, evaluate and diagnose heart disorders. State of the art equipment allows our experienced cardiologists and highly trained nurses to accurately visualize the anatomy of the heart in stunning detail, leading to improved recognition of the physiological markers of cardiac disease. Once the disease is identified, we will come up with a treatment plan immediately, which will improve the likelihood of a positive outcome. Some of the non-invasive cardiovascular treatment approaches we often prescribe to our patients are:

  • drug therapy for heart disease
  • balloon angioplasty and stenting
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • electrophysiology

Non-Invasive Technologies We Use at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

We also employ a series of non-invasive tests and exams to accurately diagnose heart conditions and diseases. The primary advantage of these procedures is that the patient experiences no discomfort since no changes are made to their anatomy. While non-invasive, these diagnostic tests and exams provide the cardiologist with very accurate results, which will further allow them to assign a correct diagnosis and subsequently design a very effective treatment plan. The non-invasive diagnostic tools we use at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital include:

  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
  • HOLTER MONITOR
  • TRANSTHORACIC ECHOCARDIOGRAM
  • TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAM
  • STRESS TESTS
  • CT CARDIAC & ANGIOGRAPHY

Frequently Asked Questions

A small or slightly larger bruise is normal.

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The time needed to fully recover after undergoing a defibrillator implantation procedure is usually four to six weeks but may vary from patient to patient.

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Some symptoms are absolutely normal after this type of intervention. Others might announce the onset of complications.

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There are several factors that might increase the risk of having a child with a congenital heart defect.

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