Good Samaritan Hospital’s cardiac and vascular institute treats more heart patients than any community hospital in Santa Clara County. For nearly four decades, we have provided a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for all areas of cardiac and vascular care. We incorporate the latest cardiac techniques and treatments so that we can provide the best treatment in cardiac care in the South Bay.
Our comprehensive cardiac center treats a full spectrum of patients, from infants to seniors. We offer diagnostic, inpatient, outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation services to ensure that we care for our patients from diagnosis to recovery.
To find a Good Sam doctor specializing in cardiac care, call our Consult-A-Nurse® referral line at (888) 724-2362.
Cardiac procedures we offer
Angioplasty is a procedure during which a physician inflates a small balloon inside a blood vessel to eliminate or reduce areas of narrowing. The narrowing of blood vessels is the result of plaque buildup. The goal of an angioplasty is to restore adequate blood flow through the affected part of the body. This is achieved by enlarging the blood vessel from within.
An angioplasty normally takes anywhere between 45 minutes and three hours to complete. Angioplasty can be used to treat individuals with the following conditions:
- Coronary heart disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Aortoiliac occlusive disease
- Leg artery disease
- Arm artery disease
- Visceral artery conditions
- Renovascular conditions
Complications occur in fewer than four percent of angioplasties. Some of the potential complications may include:
- External bleeding at the site of catheter insertion
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye used to see the blood vessels
- Dislodging of material or blood clots, leading to blockage beyond the treated area
- Rarely, artery thrombosis, stoppage of blood flow caused by the formation of a blood clot in the treated area
If you experience any of the following symptoms in the period immediately following an angioplasty, consult your physician as soon as possible:
- Persistent or worsening leg pain
- Shortness of breath
- An arm or leg that turns blue or cold
- Bleeding, substantial swelling, pain, numbness, redness or drainage where the catheter was inserted
Stenting is a procedure in which a physician inserts a tiny, slender, expandable metal-mesh tube, also called a stent, which fits inside an artery once the artery has been widened by angioplasty. The goal of stenting is to prevent the artery from collapsing or being closed by plaque again.
Stents are used in nearly all angioplasties and are left in place permanently.
Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab performs more than 3,000 cardiac procedures a year. This is more than any other community hospital in the Santa Clara Valley. Our lab’s special digital imaging equipment enables us to diagnose and treat blocked arteries with a wide range of minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedures.
Our electrophysiology lab performs sophisticated testing to diagnose and treat arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are electrical disturbances that occur in the heart. In the electrophysiology lab, we incorporate the most advanced equipment and techniques in the field to treat life-threatening cardiac abnormalities and improve the quality of life for our patients.