Cardiac care

Kaiser Permanente is focused on the prevention and treatment of heart disease in Greater Sacramento and beyond. Our board-certified specialists and multidisciplinary care teams are pioneering new ways to prevent, detect, and treat illnesses of the heart and blood vessels. And our groundbreaking treatment and research is improving the health of our patients and communities today and well into the future.

Prevention is in our DNA

To help reduce heart attacks and strokes, Kaiser Permanente is actively lowering risks in people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. We are helping more of our patients keep high blood pressure under control compared to the rest of the nation, helping to save countless lives.

Through our research, we’ve also discovered that a simple bundle of medications, combined with a program designed to support healthy lifestyle changes, can effectively reduce heart attacks and strokes by up to 60 percent for patients with heart disease or patients with diabetes over the age of 55. This successful prevention program is currently in practice throughout all of our Greater Sacramento locations and has been shared with hospitals and community clinics across the country.

Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices

Lifestyle changes go a long way to preventing heart disease, but they’re not always easy to make. That’s why we offer help both inside and outside the doctor’s office, with programs and classes to help you, including healthy eating, weight management, stress reduction, and smoking cessation programs. Some classes may require a fee. We also sponsor complimentary Walk to Thrive programs at the Roseville Galleria and at the seasonal Downtown Farmers Market to help get people moving toward healthier lives and hearts.

Working together to save lives

Our cardiac catheterization labs, cardiac MRI system, and other state-of-the art diagnostic and interventional equipment help our providers to effectively diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Once a diagnosis is made, our practitioners work in multidisciplinary teams to provide our members with the best approach to treatment for a variety of heart conditions, including:

Adult conditions:

  • Coronary artery disease and heart attacks
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation or flutter)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Congenital heart disease in the adult

Pediatric conditions:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Arrhythmias such as Wolff- Parkinson White syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Acquired pediatric heart disease such as myocarditis, Kawasaki disease, rheumatic heart disease
  • Fetal heart disease

You can get to know our physician care team better by reading about their backgrounds, education, awards, publications, and special interests.

High-quality cardiac surgery and intervention

We’re at the forefront of treating heart attack patients with revascularization procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG, or commonly called heart bypass surgery). CABG uses a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery. Our board-certified cardiac surgeons perform hundreds of CABG procedures, as well as valve repair/replacement and aortic aneurysm procedures, each year at the new Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center in Sacramento. Our physician expertise and clinical quality have earned our cardiac surgery program the highest quality rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

Our board-certified cardiac interventionalists also perform nearly 1,000 procedures annually and participate in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Supporting our surgeons and interventionalists is a highly skilled team of cardiovascular anesthesiologists, intensivists, electrophysiologist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, patient care coordinators, and a medical assistant.

Count on us when seconds count

Our high-tech cardiac catheterization labs in South Sacramento and Roseville lead the way in treating the most serious forms of heart attack. As certified STEMI care receiving centers, heart attack patients who are suffering from prolonged periods of blocked blood supplies to the heart–an often deadly form of heart attack known as a STEMI–are transported by paramedics to our hospitals for prompt, interventional treatment. Our interventional cardiologists also perform a non-surgical procedure, known as coronary artery angioplasty and stenting, to treat narrowed coronary arteries of the heart using the latest imaging equipment and devices.

A personalized approach to managing disease

One example of our personalized approach to managing heart disease is the MULTIFIT program, designed and researched by Stanford’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program and Kaiser Permanente, and is available by referral in our Greater Sacramento facilities.

Participants in our MULTFIT program get:

  • a personal care manager who works with them for up to 6 months
  • regular telephone calls and emails
  • periodic blood tests
  • nutrition and home exercise instruction
  • advice by phone