Interventional Cardiology

As a less-invasive alternative to traditional open surgery, interventional cardiology has revolutionized the treatment of heart disease. Emergency coronary intervention, performed in our Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab), is now the standard of care for most heart attacks. Minimally invasive, catheter-based techniques are also used to diagnose and treat a broad range of cardiovascular conditions.

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Our Cath Lab, one of the first in the nation, is a state-of-the-art center for diagnostics and therapeutic procedures for coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, structural heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. We are the only Cath Lab in Marin with the full spectrum of advanced devices to support a failing heart, including extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and the Impella® left ventricular assist device. Our board-certified interventional cardiologists are specially trained in minimally invasive heart procedures such as cardiac catheterization and angioplasty.

Emergency Heart Attack Care

The time between a patient’s arrival at the Emergency Department and their emergency angioplasty, known as “door-to-treatment time,” can mean the difference between life and death. Our door-to-treatment time consistently beats national standards by an average of 46 minutes.

We have managed to reduce this critical window of time thanks to the following:

  • Paramedics who perform remote electrocardiograms and transmit the information to our Emergency Department so our team can get to work the minute the patient arrives.
  • Emergency Department physicians and staff with specific training in assessment of chest pain, EKG, and labs, to rapidly diagnose heart attacks. Our Emergency Department has earned accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
  • 24/7 availability of a highly skilled Interventional Cardiology team with more than 20 years of experience.

Thanks to our efficient protocols and outstanding team, our success rate for coronary intervention has consistently exceeded 98 percent.

Learn more about Interventional Cardiology procedures at MarinHealth.