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, leading-edge treatments, heart surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation. Our Haynes Cardiovascular Institute, named for a generous donor, is a leading-edge program that covers all of the essential elements of cardiovascular care at MarinHealth. We enjoy a national reputation as a pioneer or early adopter of a host of innovations in cardiovascular medicine.

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. With a door-to-treatment time of half the national average, our clinical outcomes in treating victims of heart attack and cardiac arrest consistently beat national benchmarks. We’ve adopted innovative procedures such as hypothermia induction to preserve brain function during cardiac arrest, and our life-saving protocols have been adopted by hospitals nationwide.

Interventional Cardiology

We are experts in lifesaving 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 diseases. We are the only Cath Lab in Marin offering a 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

Drawing patients nationally and internationally, our comprehensive Electrophysiology Program boasts exceptional outcomes. We offer full implantation and follow-up services for implantable cardiac devices. In 2018, we became the first Bay Area program to implant the Micra TPS, a completely leadless pacemaker that is introduced through a small incision in the groin and threaded up to the heart through the femoral vein.

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, and Atrial Appendage Closure (Watchman Implant), to reduce stroke risk in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

Heart Surgery

Our dedicated heart surgery team includes heart 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)
  • Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for seven years in a row from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (2011 - 2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack (five years in a row) (2014 - 2018)

Conditions We Treat

  • Coronary intervention
  • Aortic and peripheral aneurysms, surgical and interventional treatment
  • Cardiac rhythm disorders
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart disease prevention and reversal programs
  • Heart failure
  • Lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, including claudication and non-healing ulcers
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Valvular heart disease

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