Why Choose 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.

High-Tech. High Standards

Advanced equipment allows our experts to accurately visualize anatomy in stunning detail

Cardiology deals with disorders of the heart and includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and electrophysiology. To put it short, Cardiology is a specialty concerned with the normal functionality of the heart and the deviation from a healthy heart.

Smoking, an unhealthy diet, and stress are the main causes of heart disease. Although many disorders involve the heart itself, some are outside of the heart. Our goal is to detect, evaluate and diagnose disorders of the heart early to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes.

Care: From the Heart

Our physicians will work closely with you on positive life changes that can lower your risk of heart disease

Cardiovascular surgery is performed by highly-skilled cardiothoracic surgeons and deals with the heart and great vessels. It is frequently performed to treat complications of ischemic heart disease, to correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease. Heart transplantation is also included in the cardiac surgery category.

As with any surgical procedure, heart surgery has risks even though its results are often excellent. The risk is higher if the patient is older or a woman, or if the patient suffers from diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, or peripheral arterial disease. Risks include:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • irregular heartbeats
  • stroke

Newer methods of heart surgery, such as minimally invasive and off-pump, may reduce risks and speed up recovery time for patients. Preoperative physical therapy reduces postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery and also decreases the length of hospital stay on average by more than 3 days. Patients are required to quit smoking at least 4 weeks before the date of a surgery to reduce the risk of postoperative complications.

Screening & Tests

  • BLOOD TESTS
  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
  • CARDIAC STRESS TESTING
  • HOLTER MONITOR
  • CAROTID DUPLEX
  • DUPLEX AND DOPPLER ULTRASOUND

Our Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons

Harry Kram, M.D.

Harry Kram

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Philippe Lemoine, M.D.

Philippe Lemoine

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Alexander Marmureanu, M.D.

Alexander Marmureanu

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James McPherson, M.D.

James McPherson

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Marius Saines, M.D.

Marius Saines

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Willis H. Wagner, M.D.

Willis H. Wagner

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Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that uses non-surgical catheter-based treatment techniques to:

  • remove coronary artery blockages
  • stop heart attacks
  • correct valvular heart disease
  • treat peripheral/aortic vascular problems

This minimally invasive approach has a number of advantages for the patient: it provides minimal discomfort, helps avoid scarring and pain, as well as long post-operative recovery. 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. Catheter-based testing helps doctors assess the function of the heart and blood vessels without using an invasive method.

Treatments & Procedures

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

Our Specialty Physicians

Duane Bridges, M.D.

Duane Bridges

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Shephal Doshi, M.D.

Shephal Doshi

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Shazia Hasan, M.D.

Shazia Hasan

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Ibrahim Helmy, M.D.

Ibrahim Helmy

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John Kennedy, M.D.

John Kennedy

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Farshad Nosratian, M.D.

Farshad Nosratian

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Howard Staniloff, M.D.

Howard Staniloff

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Thomas Togioka, M.D.

Thomas Togioka

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Keith Yabumoto, M.D.

Keith Yabumoto

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Basil Younes, D.O.

Basil Younes

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Using the most advanced new technologies, our expert team performs a number of tests to detect, evaluate and diagnose disorders of the heart. State-of-the-art equipment allows board-certified cardiologists and highly trained technicians and nurses to accurately visualize the anatomy in stunning detail, leading to improved recognition of the physiological markers of cardiac disease. Once the disease is identified, a treatment plan can begin immediately, improving the likelihood of positive outcomes.

Non-Invasive Technologies We Use at Marina del Rey Hospital

  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
  • HOLTER MONITOR
  • TRANSTHORACIC ECHOCARDIOGRAM
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Stress Tests
  • CT Cardiac & Angiography

Our Specialty Physicians

Duane Bridges, M.D.

Duane Bridges

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Shephal Doshi, M.D.

Shephal Doshi

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Shazia Hasan, M.D.

Shazia Hasan

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Ibrahim Helmy, M.D.

Ibrahim Helmy

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John Kennedy, M.D.

John Kennedy

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Farshad Nosratian, M.D.

Farshad Nosratian

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Howard Staniloff, M.D.

Howard Staniloff

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Thomas Togioka, M.D.

Thomas Togioka

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Keith Yabumoto, M.D.

Keith Yabumoto

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Basil Younes, D.O.

Basil Younes

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Frequently Asked Questions

A small or slightly larger bruise is normal.

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The length of the recovery following a mitral valve repair is different for each patient.

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There are various factors that can lead to coronary artery disease (the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart) which can cause a heart attack. Some of these factors are age, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels, diabetes, obesity, and stress.

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The heart is a functional muscle that supplies blood to the body. The blood transports oxygen and sustenance to all of the body parts and also carries waste products to multiple organs, particularly to the lungs and kidneys, for removal. The heart has two pumps, that work together. The blood that comes back from the organs and tissues of the body gets into the right side of the heart, which then transports it to the lungs.

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Cholesterol is a viscous, fat-like substance that the body needs. But when there is too much in the blood, it can deposit itself on the walls of the arteries and form blockages. This can generate heart disease, heart attack, and even stroke. Therefore, it is important to have it under control.

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