Treatment driven by innovation and experience
We don't just follow high cardiac treatment standards, we create them. Our expertise, experience, and innovative techniques in treating a variety of heart conditions lead to better, minimally invasive outcomes. And our members get a dedicated care team that puts them at the center of everything they do.
Exceptional care for a wide range of heart conditions
Heart disease and other heart conditions don’t have a single cause — they’re the result of different factors. That's why our highly skilled doctors have the training and experience to treat a wide range of heart conditions.
Working together to save lives
Our skilled care teams work across a wide range of specialties, and the different perspectives of each specialist help us see patterns easier, make connections earlier, and determine the best way to treat each patient.
In our Collaborative Cardiac Care Service in Colorado, members partner with a personal nurse to make healthy lifestyle changes and with a clinical pharmacy specialist to manage their medications. The nurse and pharmacist coordinate care with the primary care physician. Survival rates among Kaiser Permanente members in Colorado increased by 88% compared with patients receiving standard cardiac care.1
Pioneering minimally invasive heart surgeries
While open-heart surgery used to be the only option for some complex heart conditions, Kaiser Permanente is at the forefront of a number of less-invasive surgeries, which means patients experience less trauma and spend less time in the hospital. Our surgeons have not only pioneered minimally invasive surgeries, but are also leading the way in new, revolutionary techniques.
Other minimally invasive surgery highlights include:
- World-renowned vascular surgeon Peter Schneider, MD, of Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, successfully performed the first transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) stent,2 which allowed him to treat a blocked artery with minimal risk for nerve injury or other trauma to the heart.
- In Northern and Southern California, our cardiac programs participate in cutting-edge research trials of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which allows surgeons to replace aortic valves without open-heart surgery.
A personalized approach to cardiac rehabilitation
Our cardiac rehabilitation programs have helped many of our patients improve their health and manage heart disease after an event. One example of our personalized approach is the MULTIFIT program, designed and researched by Kaiser Permanente and Stanford’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program. 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
- Internal Kaiser Permanente Colorado study conducted from 1999-2004.