A better approach to treatment

Experienced doctors and exceptional care for a wide range of heart conditions

Heart disease and other heart conditions don't have a single cause. They are the result of different factors that may show up as a heart attack, stroke, or other symptoms. Our highly skilled physicians treat a wide range of heart conditions, including:

adult patient Adult
Conditions:

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

pediatric patient Pediatric Conditions:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation or flutter)
  • Heart valve replacement or repair
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Nationally recognized for revascularization treatment

We're at the forefront of treating heart attack patients with revascularization procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). CABG uses a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery.

surgery center Top heart surgery center in Oregon for bypass grafting in 2013.1

Working together to save lives

Our practitioners work in multidisciplinary teams. The different perspectives of each practitioner make it easier to see patterns, make connections, and arrive at the best approach to treatment.

A good example of how a team approach can improve health can be found in our Collaborative Cardiac Care Service in Colorado.

multidisciplinary team

Members at risk for another heart-related event are assigned their own personal nurse to help them make healthy lifestyle changes and a clinical pharmacy specialist to manage their medications. The nurses and pharmacists work to seamlessly coordinate care with the primary care physician.

Survivorship in Kaiser Permanente Colorado members increased by 88 percent compared with patients receiving standard cardiac care.2

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Innovative, low-cost treatment is preventing heart attacks

We've found a simple bundle of low-cost medications — aspirin, lisinopril, and lipid-lowering statin (ALL) — has been shown to prevent heart attacks and strokes by 60 percent.3 Enhanced with a beta blocker and lifestyle changes, this pioneering treatment has been adopted in the larger medical community.

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A personalized approach to cardiac rehabilitation

Our cardiac rehabilitation programs have helped many of our patients improve their health. 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 in many of the communities we served.

Participants in our MULTIFIT 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

The most robust electronic health record system in the nation

With over 9 million members, Kaiser Permanente has one of the world's largest private electronic health record systems that:4

electronic health record system
  • Helps our researchers to discover effective treatments.
  • Our members don't have to repeat their information over and over to doctors, specialists, or other medical providers at Kaiser Permanente facilities. Once it's in our system, we remember everything regarding our members and their care needs.
  • Gives members access to most of the their medical records online so that they can work with their care team to make informed decisions about their best treatment options.

For more detailed information about cardiac care, visit kp.org/heart.

  • 1 In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July, 2012 through June, 2013, the cardiac surgery performance of Sunnyside Medical Center was found to lie in the highest quality tier, thereby receiving a Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-star rating.
  • 2 Internal Kaiser Permanente Colorado study conducted from 1999-2004.
  • 3 Internal Kaiser Permanente Northern California Department of Research study conducted from 2004-2006.
  • 4 Some features discussed on this website are available only to members receiving care at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities and may vary by region.