Cardiology

Cardiology

Palmdale Regional Medical Center (PRMC) offers a comprehensive program of cardiovascular care that includes non-invasive testing, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. Once a patient is admitted by their physician into the cardiac program, the patient receives assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation according to their individual needs. The patient's cardiologist coordinates care with other members of the PRMC healthcare team, including the surgery and emergency departments. If a patient enters the hospital through the Emergency Department and does not have a primary care physician or a cardiologist, the patient will be assigned a physician or cardiologist to follow through with their care during their hospital stay.

Palmdale Regional Medical Center is STEMI certified by the American Heart Association, and is one of only 33 STEMI Receiving Centers in Los Angeles County. STEMI stands for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, the technical term for a heart attack. The goal of a STEMI Receiving Center is for a patient who suffers an acute heart attack to receive treatment in a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory within 90 minutes after the cardiac event occurs. There are two cardiac catheterization labs at Palmdale Regional Medical Center for this procedure.

Cardiovascular Lab

The Cardiovascular Lab offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services. Speak with your doctor to set-up any necessary testing you may require. Learn more about coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and deep vein thrombosis:

Non-Invasive Procedures:

  • Echocardiography:
    • Transthoracic 2D echocardiograms
    • Transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Exercise testing:
    • Treadmill exercise testing
    • Pharmacologic (adenosine dobutamine) nuclear perfusion scans
    • Exercise nuclear perfusion scans (thallium, technicium)
    • Exercise echocardiograms
    • Dobutamine echocardiograms
    • Exercise nuclear scans
  • Vascular laboratory:
    • Venous, arterial and carotid studies
    • Other cardiac nuclear studies: Nuclear ventriculograms (MUGA), Nuclear viability studies (thallium)

Cardiac Catheterization
In a cardiac catheterization procedure, radiological equipment is used to diagnose heart disease. Interventional tools, including balloons and stents, are fed through a catheter into the coronary arteries in an effort to reduce stenosis and improve blood flow.

Diagnostics:

  • Cardiac hemodynamic measurement
  • Coronary angiography
  • Endomyocardial biopsy
  • Interventional services:
    • Balloon angioplasty
    • Atherectomy
    • Coronary stenting
    • Intracoronary thrombolysis
    • Primary angioplasty for acute heart attack patients
    • Brachytherapy

Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
The Arrhythmia Service provides diagnostic and treatment options for patients with cardiac rhythm disturbances.

Diagnostics:

  • Event monitor recording
  • 24- to 48-hour ambulatory Holter ECG monitoring
  • Signal average electrocardiograms
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Non-thoracotomy placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator devices
  • Anti-arrhythmic drug therapy

Atrial Fibrillation

According to the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2.7 and 6.1 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF). As the U.S. population increases, the number of people with atrial fibrillation is expected to increase.

AF starts as an irregular and rapid heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart. The rhythm change may begin slowly but becomes stronger and more constant as time goes on. AF doesn't always have symptoms. Many people don't even know they have it. Others may experience one or more of the symptoms below:

  • Feeling faint
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations

Palmdale Regional treats atrial fibrillation through a minimally invasive procedure by placing catheters in body's veins up to the heart. The catheters help reduce or eliminate the electrical irregularity of the heart by using electrodes that deliver radiofrequency energy.

Door-to-Balloon (D2B) TIME

To ensure swift emergency cardiac care, we focus on shortening the time between a patient’s arrival and artery-clearing balloon angioplasty. We consistently achieve D2B times of less than 58 minutes, far faster than the national standard of 90 minutes.

Palmdale Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is one of 33 STEMI Receiving Centers in Los Angeles County that have been certified by the American Heart Association (AHA).
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To talk with the Cath Lab Clinical Coordinator in our Cardiology Department, please call 661-382-5630.

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2015 Get with the GuidelinesThe American Heart Association recognizes Palmdale Regional Medical Center for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Measures for 12 consecutive months to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

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38600 Medical Center Drive
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661-382-5000

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