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Treatments for Heart Disease

St. John's cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and vascular surgeons offer the latest diagnostic, interventional, and surgical treatment options.

Non-Invasive Heart Services 

St. John's provides non-invasive cardiology testing, which aids in the detection of many heart conditions using technology, such as ultrasound or nuclear scans. This allows us to identify the potential for future heart and vascular problems. Tests might include stress tests, treadmill testing, Holter monitors, pacemaker analysis, echocardiograms, or electrocardiograms.

Heart Interventions

St. John's offers diagnostic procedures, medical management, and non-surgical interventions for the treatment of heart disease. When faced with a serious heart condition, however, surgery may be needed. Our team of heart surgeons and registered nurses specialize in open-heart surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair, and adult congenital abnormalities.

Beating Heart Surgery

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery (also known as beating heart surgery or off-pump surgery) is a less invasive heart surgery offered at St. John’s that can fix problems with heart vessels or valves. This procedure eliminates the use of a heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery, allowing doctors to operate on a still beating heart. Patients who have the off-pump procedure have a lower risk of pulmonary, kidney, and brain complications, which also reduces the risk of declining mental ability.

Valve Repair and Surgery

Our experienced surgeons perform minimally invasive mitral valve repair, the newest innovation in heart treatment. This allows heart valves to be repaired, meaning the heart valve is tailored so it can work better, or replaced with an entirely new valve. 

Minimally Invasive Valve Repair

If you are undergoing an aortic or mitral valve procedure, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive valve surgery. Instead of performing a full sternal (chest) split incision, the aortic and mitral valve can be operated on through a small incision between the ribs in the right side of your chest. Discuss your options with your doctor. Benefits of this procedure include decreased pain and complications after surgery, significantly less scarring, and faster recovery times.

Endovascular Repair Surgery

St. John's offers endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a procedure that allows repair of the aneurysm through a minimally invasive technique. In this procedure, a stent is inserted into the abdominal aorta through two small incisions in the groin, eliminating the need for opening the abdomen surgically. This limits the patient’s discomfort and shortens recovery time.

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

Regardless of how successful your surgery, you will need some level of rehabilitation following any heart intervention. Our sister hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, offers an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, which provides a safe way to help you feel better faster, get stronger, reduce stress, reduce the risk of future heart problems, and promote an understanding of heart disease.  

For a cardiologist at St. John’s, call (877) 753-6248, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.