Cardiovascular Medicine

Leading-Edge Cardiovascular Medicine

MarinHealth provides the full spectrum of heart and vascular care, from education and prevention to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics, minimally invasive interventional procedures, heart surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation. Founded in 2009 by long-time donors Bill and Reta Haynes, our Haynes Cardiovascular Institute is a leading-edge program that covers all of the essential elements of cardiovascular care at MarinHealth.

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An Exceptional Team of Cardiovascular Experts

Leaders in their fields, our cardiologists and interventional cardiologists trained at some of the finest medical schools in the country. Their support teams include registered nurses, technologists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who have worked together for many years. The resulting level of teamwork and coordination translates into superior patient outcomes in and out of the hospital. We also excel in Vascular Medicine.

Accredited Chest Pain Center

MarinHealth has earned accreditation as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Our teams rapidly and efficiently assess patients with chest pain using evidence based strategies and treatments. With a door-to-treatment time of half the national average, our clinical outcomes in treating victims of acute heart attack and cardiac arrest consistently exceed national benchmarks. We utilize the latest techniques and protocols to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest and shock, including innovative resuscitation tools to rapidly induce hypothermia and save brain function.

Interventional Cardiology

Our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab), one of the first in the nation, is a state-of-the-art center for managing complex coronary, peripheral vascular, and structural heart disease. We are the only Cath Lab in Marin offering the full spectrum of advanced devices to support a failing heart, including extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), hypothermia induction, and the Impella left ventricular assist device. Our team’s rapid response for those with heart attacks significantly beats national standards—our median door-to-treatment time is twice as fast as the national average, resulting in saved lives.

Electrophysiology

At MarinHealth, we are honored to provide world-class electrophysiology care for our patients.

The field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology, now well over four decades old, was born out of a need to correct arrhythmias, or abnormalities in the electrical system. The human heart is an amazing structure, capable of beating over a billion times during a lifetime. The timing of the heartbeat is regulated by a complex network of electricity, which starts in the heart’s natural pacemaker (the “sinus node”), and spreads through special biological “wiring” through the heart muscle to coordinate its pumping function.

The services provided by the electrophysiology team include the full spectrum of heart rhythm care:

  • Wellness promotion and lifestyle modification
  • Atrial fibrillation detection and stroke prevention
  • World-class outcomes from catheter ablation for rhythm disorders, including supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia
  • Cardiac implantable device insertion and management
  • Appropriate use of advanced technology
  • Judicious electrophysiology consultation and second-opinion service

Structural Heart Program

Our Structural Heart Program focuses on minimally invasive procedures to repair or replace damaged heart valves and treat other common heart defects. Our multidisciplinary heart team provides multiple catheter-based solutions such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for patients with severe aortic stenosis, transcatheter mitral valve repair with the Mitraclip™ procedure, and Atrial Appendage Closure (Watchman Implant), to reduce stroke risk in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

Heart Surgery

Our dedicated cardiac surgery team includes cardiac surgeons and their assisting surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac perfusionists, cardiovascular nurse practitioners, and surgical nurses who operate in a specially equipped “heart room.”

Rehabilitation

We are one of the first programs in the country to introduce intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation as a preventive, comprehensive lifestyle management program. To that end, we offer two tracks for cardiac rehabilitation. The traditional track has been proven effective for many. For patients willing to make a more pronounced lifestyle change, we also offer the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine ProgramTM for reversing heart disease.

Cardiovascular Performance Center

Our innovative Cardiovascular Performance Center puts us on the leading edge of the emerging field of sports cardiology, a medical specialty that focuses on heart health and athletic performance. Our team is uniquely qualified to help you enhance your fitness and performance, prevent heart disease, and extend your athletic career without compromise.

Special Recognition

  • Three-year echocardiography accreditation in the areas of Adult Transesophageal, Adult Transthoracic, and Adult Stress by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (2018 - 2021, four years in a row)
  • Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for seven years in a row from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (2011 - 2019, nine years in a row)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure (2019-2020, two years in a row)

Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Aortic and peripheral aneurysms, surgical and interventional treatment
  • Cardiac rhythm disorders
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Coronary intervention
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart disease prevention and reversal programs
  • Heart failure
  • Lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, including claudication and non-healing ulcers
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects

  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Some cardiovascular conditions can be treated by an Interventional Cardiologist or a Vascular Surgeon. Learn more about Vascular Medicine.