Exceptional patient care and innovative technology go hand-in-hand at the West Valley Hospital Heart Center. Board-certified cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons work with a dedicated staff to offer prevention, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services.
The Heart Center includes two technologically advanced cardiac catheterization labs with a pre and post-procedure holding area; and a cardiovascular operating room.
Our experienced Heart Center medical team provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services, including:
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
This is a test used to find out if the heart rate and rhythm are normal or if heart damage has occurred. It's a graphic record of the heart's electrical impulses.
An Echocardiogram is a procedure that sends ultrasound waves (like sonar) into the chest to create moving pictures of the heart. Ultrasound waves can also show the size of the heart’s chambers and how well they are working. This simple, painless test often provides valuable information about damage to a heart and also helps gather information about a heart with irregular beats (arrhythmia).
- Holter Testing
A Holter testing is a 24-hour portable monitor of the electrocardiogram, used to detect heart rhythm problems or other cardiac issues.
- Stress/Exercise Testing
Sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
- Nuclear Medicine
- Vascular Doppler Studies
- Permanent Pacemaker Implantation- A pacemaker is a medical device which uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart's native pacemaker is not fast enough, or there is a block in the heart's electrical conduction system. Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation
- Electrophysiology Studies are performed to diagnose arrhythmias (abnormal heart rates) by locating small areas of abnormal heart tissue that interrupt the heart’s normal electrical system. During an EP study, several special, long flexible tubes with wires will be inserted into your heart. These diagnostic catheters are used to study your arrhythmia by recording the path of your heart’s electrical signals. Determining the cause of the electrical interruptions enables your physician to decide on whether your arrhythmia should be treated with medication, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a pacemaker or an ablation procedure.
- Peripheral Vascular Diagnostics and Treatment
- Peripheral Intervention and Coronary Intervention
- Peripheral Angioplasty refers to the use of mechanical widening in opening blood vessels other than the coronary arteries. It is most commonly done to treat narrowings in the leg arteries, especially the common iliac, external iliac, superficial femoral and popliteal arteries. Peripheral angioplasty can also be done to treat narrowings in veins.
- Coronary Angioplasty is a therapeutic procedure to treat the stenotic (narrowed) coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. These stenotic segments are due to the build up of cholesterol-laden plaques that form due to atherosclerosis. A coronary angioplasty is usually performed by an interventional cardiologist
- Stent Placement is a procedure by which a tube that is inserted into a natural conduit of the body to prevent or counteract a disease-induced localized flow constriction.
- Atherectomy is the reconstruction through a catheter
- Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization is the process of introducing, under local anesthesia, hollow plastic tubes 2 to 3 mm in diameter called catheters into veins and/or arteries in the neck, leg, or arm, from which they are advanced to the right and/or left sides of the heart. Once the catheters are positioned in the various heart chambers or blood vessels, the pressure of the blood in various chambers of the heart can be measured, blood samples can be taken, and dye (radiographic contrast material) can be injected (a process called angiography) to allow x-ray visualization.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Phases 1 (coming soon)
To reach the Heart Center, please call 1-877-WVHSTAT or 623-882-1808.
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