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Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute

If you or a loved one is suffering from heart disease, the cardiologists at St. Bernardine Medical Center can help keep your heart beating strong.

Watch the video on the right to hear from a patient who was treated at St. Bernardine Medical Center.


Who Does Your Heart Beat For?

The Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Bernardine Medical Center is one of the largest programs in the Inland Empire with cardiac specialists with the experience, expertise and skill to provide complete heart care. We're trusted by more physicians and heart patients, for very good reasons.

Take this quick assessment to:

  • Understand symptoms, causes, and types of heart disease
  • Determine your risk factors for developing heart disease
  • Learn which lifestyle factors can increase or decrease your risk

Take the Heart Health Assessment.

About the Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute

As one of the largest heart programs in Southern California, the Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute has helped define the concept of special-care units by offering everything related to heart care in one convenient location.

We're the regional leader in cardiac care, nationally recognized by the medical community, and known for our achievements, our innovative thinking and our complete focus on each individual heart. 

Since 1960, the Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute has treated each patient with compassion in one of the most innovative cardiac care environments in Southern California. With a focus on the Inland Empire, we're just getting started.

Awards and Quality Designations

U.S. News and World Report Top Recognition

U.S. News & World Report named St. Bernardine Medical Center a High Performing Hospital for the procedures listed below in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for all services and procedures.

  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass
  • Heart Failure

Our hospital is proud to have received the 5-star designation from Healthgrades for Treatment of Heart Failure, Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism, and Hip Fracture Treatment. 

Taking Care of You from Diagnosis to Treatment Through Rehabilitation

  • Emergency Services: 24-hour on-site emergency care and designation as a STEMI Center for heart attacks.
  • Traditional Diagnostic Services: Including a 64-slice CT scanner equipped with complete cardiac applications, plus echocardiograms, stress and treadmills tests.
  • Five Catheterization Labs: State-of-the-art technology to perform the latest cardiac and peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures, as well as electrophysiology studies for heart rhythm disorders, treatment of atrial fibrillations, and implantation of pacemakers and AICDs.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery: Fully-equipped surgical suites for open heart, thoracic and complex valve surgeries.
  • Inpatient Care: Definitive observation and cardiac telemetry units, and a state-of-the-art coronary care unit.
  • Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation: A full-service, monitored exercise facility that includes physical therapy.

Our Commitment, Our Inland Empire Heart Team

Our expertise and quality outcomes have made us a cardiac center of excellence for many major health insurers. In fact, we've been designated for expertise and positive clinical outcomes by Kaiser Permanente in the Inland Empire and Blue Cross, Blue Shield, PrimeCare and United Healthcare/PacifiCare in California

We have a reputation for noteworthy achievements resulting from our dedication to providing the most advanced medical services delivered with compassionate care of body, mind and spirit.

The Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute delivers care with an innovative team of highly-qualified clinical professionals, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who are board-certified physicians. We're dedicated to making each patient feel comfortable and important, to presenting our physicians with extraordinary opportunities and to providing all aspects of heart care.

Learn more about the Heart & Vascular Institute team.

Heart Valve Surgery

When it's your heart, or the heart of a loved one, you want the best. We approach our care one heart and one unique patient at a time.

There are many options for heart valve repair and replacement. Need more information on valve surgery?  Visit our page on


St. Bernardine Medical Center's Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the select providers in the country to offer patients a minimally invasive procedure for heart valve replacement. Called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the procedure allows for valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest. Learn More about the TAVR procedure.

WATCHMAN™ alternative to blood thinners for those with non-valvular AFib

St. Bernardine Medical Center's Inland Empire Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to offer patients WATCHMAN™, a one-time, minimally-invasive procedure for those with non-valvular AFib who need an alternative to taking blood thinners. The procedure allows the placement of the WATCHMAN device (implant) into a patient’s heart to permanently reduce the risk from blood clots forming in the heart which could lead to a stroke. Learn more about the WATCHMAN AFib device.

Know the Warning Signs of Early Heart Attack

According to the American College of Cardiology, these warning signs occur in 50% of patients. If recognized, people can be treated before heart damage occurs.


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Using CPR techniques or an AED may help save someone's life. Print these CPR and AED tips to keep at home or work.

Is it a heart attack? For men and women, the signs can be different. Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

Heart Attack Symptoms

For men

  • ­Chest pain, pressure, or discomfort
  • ­Shortness of breath
  • ­Back, jaw, or neck pain
  • ­Arm or shoulder pain
  • ­Lightheadedness or nausea

For women

  • ­Chest pain and discomfort
  • ­Neck, jaw, or upper back pain
  • ­Shortness of breath
  • ­Sweating or “cold sweat”
  • ­Fainting or dizziness
  • ­Extreme fatigue

Learn more about heart attack symptoms and treatment.

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Learn More About Heart Care At St. Bernardine Medical Center

For more information on the Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Center or to find a physician, please call  (888) 417-1595 or use our search tool to Find a Doctor

2101 N. Waterman Ave.
San Bernardino, CA  92404

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