Guarding the Heart of Santa Cruz
As long as heart disease remains the region's number-one health concern, Dominican Hospital will continue to provide the number-one cardiac program in the Santa Cruz area. From preventive measures to the latest in treatments and procedures, the cardiac program at Dominican is comprehensive and innovative.
With state-of-the-art all digital cardiovascular X-ray imaging in its two catheterization labs, and dedicated suites for surgery, angiography and vascular ultrasound and other imaging modalities, Dominican Hospital provides a full range of diagnostic and interventional procedures.
Heart surgery, such as a graft to bypass the blocked blood vessels or replacement of a heart valve, has been available at Dominican since 1989. Interventional cardiac cath procedures include angioplasty and atherectomy and stent placement.
Dominican has reserved specialized nursing programs for heart care, encompassing ruling out heart-attack, bypass surgery recovery, chest pain, cardiac cath recovery, medical cardiology, heart surgery recovery and pacemaker implantation, among others.
Community members on blood-thinning medicine like warfarin (Coumadin) recieve expert monitoring at Dominican's Anticoagulation Clinic.
Since heart health is firmly tied to lifestyle choices, Dominican puts great emphasis on prevention of heart disease through education, coaching, fitness classes, sustainable weight reduction and selective risk factor testing.
Components of Dominican's Center for Lifestyle Management also includes the Risk Prevention Program for cardiac rehabilitation.