Central Coast Cardiology Services
Diagnosis & Treatment for Heart Conditions
At Central Coast Cardiology (CCC), no stone is left unturned when it comes
to keeping patients safe and healthy. Here, patients of Salinas Valley
Medical Clinic (SVMC) have access to numerous resources catering specifically
to cardiovascular health. All procedures are performed by a renowned team
of cardiologists, nurses, and medical specialists.
Ablation – This is a treatment for irregular heartbeats that destroys or scars the
damaged part of the heart causing the malady.
Angioplasty – When blood flow to the heart is restricted, a doctor may recommend balloon
angioplasty. In this procedure a small balloon is inserted into an artery
and inflated to expand the artery and allow for better blood flow. A stent
may be placed afterward to keep the artery open.
Atherectomy – In this procedure a thin catheter with a blade, laser, or other device
is inserted into the artery. The blade or laser then scrapes away at the
plaque to improve blood flow.
Diagnostic imaging – Our state-of-the-art imaging technology allows us to get a detailed view
of the heart and observe its functioning. The more we can learn about
a heart’s condition, the quicker we can prescribe an effective treatment plan.
Cardiac Montitoring Devices– A painless device the doctor attaches to your chest for 24 hours. The
monitor records heart electrical activity, looking for irregular activity.
You do not stay at the hospital, in fact, you must go about your normal
day-to-day routine for device to get an accurate measurement.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – Similar to a pacemaker, an ICD is placed near the heart through an incision
in the chest. They also regulate heart rhythm by monitoring for irregularities
and realign a shock, but unlike a pacemaker, an ICD is capable of releasing
high-energy pulses to prevent cardiac arrest.
Pacemaker implant – Pacemakers are small devices that correct irregular heartbeats by releasing
a small electrical signal every time it detects an abnormality. They placed
inside the chest through a small incision made in the chest. Most implants
are intended to last a lifetime.
Stent implants – When there is concern a artery may not be able to stay open on its own,
a doctor can implant a stent to keep blood flowing. This is a small, wire-mesh
tube that stays in place permanently.
Structural Heart Disease Treatment Program – This program is custom built around a patient’s specific structural
heart defect. We treat issues that are both present at birth and those
that develop later in life. Specific treatments are recommended after
an evaluation with a cardiologist.
TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, known as TAVR, is a minimally-invasive
alternative to open-heart surgery. The TAVR procedure is done in a cardiac
catheterization lab by an interventional cardiologist. A catheter is used
to introduce an artificial heart valve through a blood vessel in the patient’s
groin. The catheter is guided up to the heart where the new valve is positioned
inside the defective aortic valve, opening up blood flow and allowing
the heart to pump more efficiently. The entire procedure takes less than
2 hours, and patients usually go home within one or two days.
Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease – We treat peripheral vascular disease with the goal of reducing their symptoms
and helping patients unclog their arteries to reduce risk of heart attack
and stroke. This can sometimes be accomplished through lifestyle changes
and blood thinning medication, but for high risk patients surgery may
also be an option.
Treatment of Valve Heart Disease – The symptoms of this condition can be treated with medication and exercise.
Doctors may recommend minimally invasive surgery such as a balloon valvuloplasty
to treat symptoms long-term. They may also prescribe heart valve replacement
surgery for a more permanent solution.
Cardiac Implant - This cardiac implant is the only FDA-approved device proven to reduce
stroke risk with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem
(also referred to as non-valvular AFib). This non-surgical procedure,
known as Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC), provides an implant-based
option for patients who need protection from non-valvular AFib-related
stroke. The implant procedure usually lasts about an hour, and the patient
typically stays 1-2 nights at our Heart Center. The WATCHMAN LAAC may
eliminate the need for long-term anti-coagulant therapy for appropriately
selected patients. In clinical trials, 9 out of 10 people were able to
stop taking warfarin anti-coagulant therapy just 45 days after getting WATCHMAN.
All of these services are available through SVMC and CCC. The friendly
staff will take your questions and concerns into consideration before
recommending any treatment.