Cardiology at Huntington Hospital

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Cardiology

This Is What a Healthy Heart Looks Like

Josie Hanafi

Josie

Josie Hanafi has a clear preference when she needs medical care. A clinical lab scientist in our hematology department, Josie chooses to receive care at Huntington Hospital for the same reason she chooses to work here. “I love Huntington Hospital, and I trust all the doctors here,” she says. “I believe in the work we […]
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Welcome to the heart of patient care.

As part of our constant effort to speed and strengthen care for heart patients, we have just opened a new state-of-the-art heart and vascular center. From research and diagnosis to treatment and recovery, the center’s comprehensive range of cardiovascular services — along with the latest medical technologies — are all brought together under one roof.

Located directly above our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center, the new Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center will reduce time to treatment for cardiac patients and allow us to increase the number of patients we treat by 30 percent, further heal­ing hearts and saving lives.

We’re extremely grateful for the support of community philanthro­pists who have partnered with us in creating our leading-edge heart and vascular center. If you need expert cardiac care, follow your heart to Huntington Hospital — we look forward to welcoming you.

Download a brochure about our new Heart and Vascular Center.

Cardiology Program at Huntington Hospital

Offering a full spectrum of cardiology services – including screening and diagnostic tests, advanced medical and surgical treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation and education programs – our Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center provides superior care, and we do it with heart. By the numbers: we perform 2,000 catheterizations and electrophysiology procedures, and 42,000 non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures each year. 

Don’t delay needed surgical care any longer. If you’ve been putting off a surgical procedure, we are here to safely care for you.

Our team of medical and surgical experts use the most advanced technology and rigorous safety and cleaning protocols to care for you safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also offer patient and family support and education to involve you at every step of the care journey. We recently reopened to visitors, including visitation for procedural patients. See our full visitor policy.

The Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center exceeded national standards in nine out of 10 clinical measures, and has been recognized as a Center of Distinction by Blue Cross of California.

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Services

The Heart and Vascular Center at Huntington Hospital offers the following cardiology services and programs.

We provide a full range of cardiac and vascular diagnostic and interventional services to patients with coronary artery disease. Our multidisciplinary team provides an unparalleled level of care 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. In addition, a nurse navigator provides ongoing support and educational services designed to reduce the risk of another cardiovascular event to all patients receiving cardiac procedures.

For more information, or to make a referral please call (626) 397-5221.

Our Services

We have a dedicated family waiting room and three catheterization laboratories complete with state-of-the-art technology, including digital, high-resolution radiography and a bi-plane angiographic system. Our interventional cardiology services include:

  • Treatment of coronary artery disease, including:
    • Angioplasty / percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
    • Stent (PCI)
    • Atherectomy (rotoblator procedure)
    • Intravascular lesion assessment (IVUS/OCT/FFR)
  • Treatment of peripheral vascual disease
    • Diagnostic vascular and peripheral vascular angiography
    • Peripheral artery angioplasty, atherectomy, and stent placement
    • Carotid artery stent placement
    • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)
    • Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (EVAR)
    • Venous angiography, thrombectomy, and angioplasty
    • Treatment of varicose veins
    • Pulmonary artery thrombectomy
  • Structural heart disease treatment, including:
    • Valvuloplasty
    • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
    • Closure of holes in the heart, including ASD/PFO/PDA
    • Hemodynamic evaluation of pulmonary hypertension and vasoreactivity
  • Advanced heart failure treatment, including:
    • CardioMEMS
    • Implantable cardioverter difibrillator (ICD)
    • Bi-ventricular (BI-V ICD)
    • Subcutaneous ICD
  • Electrophysiology services
    • Permanent pacemaker placement
    • Leadless pacemaker placement
    • Implantable loop (arrhythmia) recorder
    • Electrophysiology studies and mapping of the heart
    • Arrhythmia management (radio frequency ablation)

The Highest Standards

  • We serve as a designated ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receiving center for Los Angeles County, and consistently exceeds national standards for time-to-treatment.
  • We achieved a distinctive five-star rating in national quality indicators and is among the top performing heart centers in the country in heart-attack care.
  • Quality outcomes are benchmarked against the American College of Cardiology for all diagnostic and interventional procedures performed in the catheterization lab.
  • We were the first hospital in the San Gabriel Valley to utilize the newly-approved drug-eluting stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

We offer services designed to assist patients recovering from coronary artery disease and cardiothoracic surgical procedures. Our goal is to improve your general fitness with an emphasis on cardiac conditioning, risk factor modification, cardiac disease education, treatment and prevention as well as health maintenance.

For more information or to make a referral please call (626) 397-5221.

Your Cardiac Rehab Team

Under the supervision of a physician, your cardiac rehab team works together to coordinate a personalized program for each patient. Your team includes registered nurses, a registered dietitian and a licensed clinical social worker. Registered nurses supervise all exercise sessions and are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support techniques and exercise physiology principles. A physician is available at all times.

On Average, 94 Percent Of Patients Admitted To The Program Successfully Complete Their Wellness Plan.

Heart Wellness

Our Comprehensive Heart Wellness Program includes:

  • Comprehensive history and screening by registered nurses
  • Personalized consultation with a registered dietitian, heart-healthy nutrition counseling, diabetes education, body fat testing and cooking classes designed specifically for individuals with heart disease
  • Individualized exercise program to maintain lifestyle changes
  • Inpatient and outpatient access to emotional assessment and counseling, as needed
  • Stress management, including individual counseling, group lectures and spouse support
  • Heart-to-Heart mentorship from former heart patients who are available to answer questions from a patient’s perspective

Dedicated Facilities

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located in the Wingate Building, with dedicated rehabilitation facilities and state-of-the-art equipment designed to assist patients in achieving the highest level of cardiac function possible. Services are provided Monday through Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Program offers invasive and minimally-invasive surgeries for patients with diseases of the heart, lungs, esophagus and chest wall.

For more information, please call (626) 397-5221.

Surgical Procedures

Our dedicated heart team and surgical suite are on call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The cardiothoracic surgery team consists of board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons, board-certified anesthesiologists, advanced practice nurses and technologists. Our surgeons and clinical staff offer comprehensive state-of-the-art surgical procedures, including:

Support Team

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program includes a dedicated clinical nurse specialist who provides education and training for staff providing care to cardiothoracic surgical patients postoperative and in the ICU. In addition, our team of caring clinical professionals includes a dedicated nurse practitioner with a specialization in cardiac medicine who provides education, counseling and post-discharge coordination of care for each patient to ensure they achieve the best possible outcome.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program is dedicated to improving the quality of care and ensuring superior clinical outcomes for all our patients. Our surgeons and clinical staff participate in ongoing clinical trials, and several of our surgeons serve as faculty members at nationally-renowned academic institutions. In addition, Huntington Hospital participates in the STS national outcomes database program and the California CABG Outcomes Reporting Program (CCORP), contributing valuable outcomes data to the research community.

We offer the most advanced invasive and non-invasive electrophysiology diagnostic and treatment services available in the industry. A multidisciplinary team of board-certified electrophysiology cardiologists, registered nurses and technologists provides care in a state-of-the-art facility equipped with digital, high-resolution radiography, 3-D mapping technology and a bi-plane angiographic system.

For referral to an electrophysiology physician, please call (800) 903-9233.

Services

Electrophysiology services include:

  • Permanent pacemaker placement
  • Leadless pacemaker placement
  • Implantable loop (arrhythmia) recorder
  • Electrophysiology studies and mapping of the heart
  • Arrhythmia management (radio frequency ablation)
  • Advanced heart failure management
    • CardioMEMs
    • Implantable Cardiovertor defibrillator
    • Bi-ventricular (BI-V ICD)
    • Subcutaneous ICD

Highest Standards

We are dedicated to advancing the practice of electrophysiology and cardiac medicine and participates in several clinical research studies, including the MADIT trial. The program is led by a physician with board certification in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease, and fellowship training in electrophysiology. The electrophysiology laboratory is dedicated to continuous quality improvement and participates in the National Cardiac Device Registry. Our physicians are involved in extensive research and several of our medical staff serve as faculty members at nationally-renowned academic institutions.

Support Services

Consultative and diagnostic reports will be provided to referring physicians within 24 hours of service. The electrophysiology lab provides routine services Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency services are provided 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-per-week.

Our Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the diagnosis of vascular and arterial disease.

Non-invasive vascular services are provided in the Huntington Pavilion, our comprehensive outpatient facility adjacent to Huntington Hospital.

For more information, or to make a referral please call (626) 397-5221.

The lab provides a comprehensive array of services to patients requiring vascular studies, including:

  • Abdominal vascular studies
  • Carotid studies
  • Peripheral arterial scanning
  • Peripheral venous scanning
  • Transcranial imaging
  • Vein mapping

Support Services

Non-invasive laboratory services are performed Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington Pavilion. Same-day scheduling is available through the emergency department, and testing is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week in the inpatient vascular lab. Final reports for non-emergent patients are provided to referring physicians within 24 hours of service.

Our Emergency Department is dedicated to providing prompt intervention during a cardiac emergency. One of the most important predictors heart attack survival is how long the patients wait to receive care. When a patient is admitted through Huntington Hospital’s emergency department, intervention begins within minutes of arrival. Patients move from the Emergency Room to our cardiac catheterization laboratory significantly faster than the national average.

We offer a full range of diagnostic services to patients experiencing heart-related problems. Our testing capabilities permit us to determine the presence and extent of cardiac diseases and disorders. In many cases, a patient’s condition can be diagnosed using exclusively noninvasive techniques.

For a physician referral, please call (​800) 903-9233.

Diagnostic Services

  • Cardiovascular risk screening performed in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
  • Electrocardiography and all the types of echocardiography (TTE/TEE) procedures performed in non-invasive cardiology
  • Exercise testing as well as pharmacological stress testing, which allows us to stimulate exercise among patients who have orthopedic or other movement difficulties performed in Non-Invasive Cardiology
  • Non-invasive evaluation of peripheral and cerebral brain circulation performed in our Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory Services
  • Comprehensive Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Services including angiography, electrophysiology procedures and peripheral arterial interventions

Resources

We know that heart disease affects our patients, and their families and friends, in many ways. We are committed to providing support and resources for you and your loved ones.

These references are shared for educational purposes. Please consult with your physician or appropriate medical provider if you have any questions regarding your health.

Visit the American Heart Assocation to find out more about heart disease, understand the risk factors, learn to recognize the signs of heart attack, and find information about healthy lifestyle choices.

If you’re interested in quitting smoking, check out our Tobacco Cessation pamphlet.

Are you aware that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, more than all forms of cancer in women combined?

Learn more at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women.

General Heart Resources

Diet

Government Sites / Links and Publications / Journal Links

Professional References & General Nutrition

Products, Recipes and Menus

Herbs & Alternative Medicine

Smoking Cessation

Provides smoking-related literature, resources, custom-designed cessation programs and one-to-one counseling.

Provides smoking cessation literature and resources, access to the “Freedom From Smoking” program and 7 Steps To A Smoke-Free Life book.

Refers to 12 Step self-help support groups for smoking cessation.

Booklet presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlining quitting techniques.

Provides the latest drugs and counseling techniques for treatment of tobacco use and dependence.

Other Education References & Information

View Our Tobacco Cessation Pamphlet Here.


Patient Stories

Josie Hanafi

Josie

Josie Hanafi has a clear preference when she needs medical care. A clinical lab scientist in our hematology department, Josie chooses to receive care at Huntington Hospital for the same reason she chooses to work here. “I love Huntington Hospital, and I trust all the doctors here,” she says. “I believe in the work we […]
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Matthias Beeguer

Matthias

Last winter, Matthias Beeguer started coughing, had body aches and found it difficult to breathe deeply. A COVID-19 test came back negative. At the time, there were wildfires in his area, so Matthias thought poor air quality might be the culprit. He continued to have symptoms for months with no answers. One day, when Matthias […]
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Mary Lynne

When Mary Lynne Knighten was diagnosed with aortic stenosis — a potentially life-threatening heart condition characterized by the narrowing of the aortic valve opening — she was surprised. She exercised regularly and felt perfectly healthy. She soon began experiencing extreme fatigue, and had to nap several times a day. She was often out of breath […]
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Tina

As a young, lively working mom of three, Tina Gocke always considered herself a healthy person. Yes, she had occasional migraines and fatigue, but she chalked those symptoms up to a busy life. Tina’s life changed in September 2017, when she was outside playing with her kids. Suddenly she was unable to hold her water […]
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Sarah

At age 86, Sarah Raskin benefited from one of the latest innovations in cardiac surgery at Huntington Hospital. She had a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which is a less invasive option for patients than open-heart surgery. “I had a history of atrial fibrillation and my health was failing,” says Sarah. “I was in need […]
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Keith

Keith Jones considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. His story began 15 years ago, as a Pasadena police officer, when the city of Pasadena provided the benefit of a full-body scan to police leadership. The scan revealed Keith had an aortic aneurysm, which is a bulge in the main artery that […]
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Chris

Chris felt pressure in his chest and knew something was terribly wrong. Shortly after his arrival to our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center, he lost consciousness: “I remember lying down for an x-ray…and awoke again 36 hours later,” he says. At age 32, Chris had experienced a major heart attack. “I could […]
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Becky

Becky Ebershoff made being healthy a priority. Leading an active lifestyle, her blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. She even had a stress test to confirm her heart was working properly, before suffering a heart attack just two months later. “It never occurred to me that something like this could happen to me,” she […]
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