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We’re with you for all matters of the heart.

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Overview

What is Cardiology?

The story of the heart goes beyond its constant motion and rate. For many, the heart represents the center of our physical health, as well as the powerhouse of our emotions—our moments of excitement, our bounding leaps, our pleasures and pains. It is the organ with which human beings most identify. As a medical specialty, cardiology focuses on finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists understand your medical history, provide examinations of your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels, and perform procedures such as cardiac catheterizations and implanting pacemakers.

How We Are Different

The cardiologists at The Vancouver Clinic hold your heart dear. We provide you with the exact care and insight you need concerning heart health. With us you can find answers regarding chest pain, learn about active steps that will improve your heart health, gain peace of mind prior to operation, and know that your heart health is in the right hands. Most importantly, you’ll continue to get the most out of life while taking great care of your body’s most vital organ.

Services
Full consultations for general and interventional cardiology:
  • Evaluation and treatment for peripheral vascular disease
  • Electrophysiology, Inner Cardiac Device (ICD), Electrophysiology studies (EPS), pacer and bi-ventricular pacer checks
  • Radiofrequency catheter ablation service
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Preoperative Cardiovascular evaluation
  • Enhanced external counter pulsation
  • Nutrition and risk factor modification
  • Venous Disease (Varicose Veins)
  • Pulmonary HTN
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • ICD
  • PCR
  • Palpitations
  • Renal Stents
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome
  • Syncope
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Watchman
  • Cardiac MRI
Cardiac monitors including
  • 24-hour holster monitor
  • 30-day event monitor (loop recorders)
  • Implantable event recorders (12 month)
Electrocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) testing
  • ECG stress test
Nuclear imaging
  • Exercise stress perfusion study
  • Pharmacologic stress perfusion study
  • Gated Ventriculography (Multi Gated Accusation (MUGA) – Nuclear cardiac exam)
  • First Pass Gated Ventriculography
  • Myocardial viability study
Echocardiography
  • Resting echo-2-D Doppler, and color Doppler
  • Exercise stress echo
  • Pharmacologic stress echo
  • Transesophogeal echo
Cardiac CT
  • Full Interpretation
  • Non-invasive coronary angiography
FAQs
What types of procedures or surgeries do you perform?

We are equipped to perform angioplasty, stenting, rotational athrectomy, intracoronary and ultrasound. We also have the ability to complete specialized balloon valvuloplasty and alcohol septal ablations in conjunction with nearby Oregon Health & Science University.

My grandmother, father, and brother have all had heart disease. Does this mean I will too?

More than 800,000 Americans will die this year from heart attacks and other cardiac illnesses, and many of these deaths will be preventable. Even with a strongly inherited predisposition to heart disease, you can cut your risks dramatically by pursuing a heart healthy lifestyle. This includes a heart healthy diet, exercise, and seeing your cardiologist regularly.

I’ve been trying to get my husband/wife to quit smoking for some time. What can I say about smoking that will help?

Smoking tobacco is the single most dangerous thing you can do to your heart. Cigarette smoking not only increases your risk of heart disease, but it also worsens other factors that contribute to heart disease, including increasing your blood pressure, decreasing good cholesterol, and making blood clots more likely. People who smoke a pack a day are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than people who don’t smoke.

What to Expect

It’s all too easy to overlook heart health until something happens. With us as your heart team, expect insight, answers, options, immediate care and aftercare when you need it. We take all matters of the heart seriously so you can continue to enjoy your life free as free of pain and worry as possible.