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Who Does Your Heart Beat For?

The cardiac experts at the Heart and Vascular Institute wants your heart to keep beating strong for your loved ones.


Heart and Vascular Institute

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center offers cutting-edge preventative care and cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment services. We are proud to be an Accredited Chest Pain Center from the American College of Cardiology, a recognition given to hospitals that have achieved a high level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart and Vascular Institute
500 W. Thomas Road, Suite 850
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Phone: (602) 406-1150
Fax: (602) 406-1159

Meet the Team

Our cardiac specialists collaborate with a team of dedicated healthcare professionals to ensure you receive the most comprehensive and convenient care possible.


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Services and Programs

St. Joseph’s state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Institute includes:

  • Advanced cardiac imaging
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac Telemetry Unit
  • Cardiodiagnostics
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)
  • Dedicated cardiothoracic operating rooms
  • High-resolution cardiac CT scanning
  • 3D Echo
  • Hybrid OR

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Center for Advanced Heart Failure

Our advanced heart failure team specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiomyopathy with medication, necessary devices, and surgery. We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment services for end stage systolic heart failure/cardiomyopathy. Our team—which includes specialists in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Pharmacy, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Social Work—will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to offer both medical and surgical treatment options for our patients.

Heart Conditions Treated at St. Joseph's

Cardiovascular diseases include conditions of the heart and blood vessels. You may be born with a congenital heart defect or develop heart disease over time. From the first warning signs of a heart attack to the final stages of congestive heart failure, our dedicated cardiovascular healthcare professionals are here for you.


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Arrhythmia Treatment

St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's comprehensive cardiac services include the diagnosis of irregular heartbeats and arrhythmia treatments. The equipment and technology in our electrophysiology lab allows the electrophysiology team to better identify and treat arrhythmia.  Our doctors are recognized among Phoenix area "Top Docs" for treating complex arrhythmia disorders such as atrial fibrillation, supraventricular arrhythmias, and ventricular tachycardia.

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In a normal heart, all four chambers work together to pump blood throughout the body.  Blood is pumped through the chambers using your heart’s electrical system.  But when your heart’s electrical system is damaged or weak, your heart can slow down, speed up or lose coordination.  This is a condition called arrhythmia.  Irregular heartbeat and arrhythmia can be caused by a number of factors. But unusual and persistent heartbeat irregularity can be a sign of a very serious heart condition.

Atrial fibrillation (also called Afib) is a type of irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia. With atrial fibrillation, the electrical signals in your heart short circuit.  This results in a chaotic, rapid heart rate.  When the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart) do not contract effectively, the blood may pool and/or clot. If a blood clot becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke may occur.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation include:

  • Heart palpitations or fluttering
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Mini stroke
  • Passing out unexpectedly
  • Pounding heart
  • Racing heart

Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia can be a result of several other problems or conditions. The most common include:

  • Changes in your heart muscle
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Electrolyte imbalances in your blood
  • Healing process after surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Injury from heart attack

If you are suffering from arrhythmia your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for you. There are many surgical and non-surgical treatments available such as:

  • Access to clinical trials
  • Advanced heart mapping
  • Catheter ablation
  • Complex ablations
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • implantable pacemakers
  • Cardioversions
  • Cryoballoon ablation
  • Diagnostic EP Study
  • Implants of:
    • Bi-ventricular ICD
    • Bi-ventricular pacemaker
    • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
    • Loop recorder
    • Permanent pacemaker
  • Laser Lead Extraction
  • Leadless pacemaker placement
  • Noninvasive programmed stimulation (NIPS)
  • Radiofrequency ablations (with and without 3-D mapping) of:
    • ANRT
    • AVRT
    • Atrial Flutter
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Atrial Tachycradia
    • Accessory Pathways
    • WPW
    • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Subcutaneous ICD Implantation
  • Tilt table testing
  • Transesophogeal Echo (TEE)
  • Watchman device implantation

2023 Heart Failure Gold award

Get with the guidelinesDignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center - 2023 Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Award

St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center has received the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus achievement award for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease.

Chest Pain Center

ACA SealSt. Joseph’s commitment to help prevent, diagnosis and treat heart disease is evident in our numerous accreditations.

Accredited Chest Pain Center
American College of Cardiology


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EHAC Early Signs and Symptoms

Early Heart Attack Care (or EHAC) education advises how to recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attached. We want to educate the public how to become an active bystander so you can save a life – even if it’s yours. 

Clinical Research

St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to participate in two studies: 

  • Heart Disease Genetics
  • Triluminate Trial  

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