Cardiac and Vascular
When you experience a heart attack or a vascular condition, you want quick, expert, award-winning care. At O’Connor Hospital, our surgeons and physicians have decades of experience and keep up to date on the latest treatment techniques and technologies.
We have always been leaders in the field of cardiac and vascular care. O’Connor was one of the first facilities to provide open heart surgery in the Santa Clara Valley. Additionally, our vascular surgeons were involved in developing aortic aneurysm stent graft technology. We were one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this advanced procedure.
At O’Connor, you also benefit from:
- Award-winning care: O’Connor is designated a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care.
- Strong expertise in heart and vascular surgeries: O’Connor’s cardiac and vascular surgeons have extensive expertise in treating all types of heart and vascular conditions. That means they’re able to choose the right treatment for each patient, whether it’s noninvasive, minimally invasive or conventional surgery, to ensure the best outcome.
- The most advanced treatment options: We are early adopters of technology and offer the newest procedures that minimize overnight hospital stays and post-operative restrictions. We have a hybrid operating room, which can quickly switch from supporting a minimally invasive procedure to open surgery or a combination of both.
- Evaluation in our catheterization and electrophysiology labs: These labs use the most innovative technology available such as atherectomy (plaque removal procedure) to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiac and vascular conditions.
- A dedicated cardiac rehabilitation facility: O’Connor is one of few area hospitals to offer a dedicated comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation facility. In our facility, rehab specialists help you make healthy lifestyle changes and return to your active life after a cardiac event.
Cardiac Care at O’Connor
We offer a high-level, compassionate continuum of care focused on patient safety and excellent outcomes. This care starts from the moment you enter our emergency department with chest pain and carries through all the way to our cardiac rehabilitation program. Our team of expert surgeons and cardiologists concentrate on best treatment, prevention and rehabilitation.
We use advanced diagnostic and treatment options through our cardiac catheterization labs, electrophysiology lab and dedicated cardiac operating suites. Our specialty-trained cardiac surgeons have expertise in both minimally invasive and open heart surgeries. This expertise enables our team to make the best and safest treatment choice for you. Learn more about cardiac care.
Vascular Care at O’Connor
Our team of vascular surgeons is board certified specifically in vascular care. As one of the only teams of board-certified vascular surgeons in the region, our surgeons have the expertise to treat all types of vascular disease, whether they require endovascular (minimally invasive) procedures, open surgery or both.
Our advanced diagnostic and treatment technology includes:
- Hybrid operating room: This room can accommodate both endovascular and open surgery and allows the surgeons to switch easily between the two if necessary.
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS): This minimally invasive imaging device provides a 3-D view of blood vessels without radiation or contrast dye
- Atherectomy: We use this advanced technique in our catheterization lab to remove plaque from inside arteries.
Additionally, in our dedicated wound care clinic, our vascular surgeons provide care for non-healing wounds, such as venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers. These wounds are common among patients with vascular disease. Learn more about vascular care.
As one of the first facilities to provide open heart surgery in the Santa Clara Valley, O’Connor Hospital has been a leader in heart care since the 1970s. More recently, we received designation as a Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This recognition means that our cardiac unit provides prompt, safe and effective lifesaving care and excellent patient outcomes.
At O’Connor, you also benefit from:
- A team of experts with extensive experience: Our cardiac surgeons are equally adept at both minimally invasive and open heart procedures, always choosing the treatment option that offers you the best outcome.
- Expert care 24/7: We have cardiac surgeons ready to operate 24/7. Learn more about our emergency department.
- Dedicated cardiac operating suites: Our highly trained surgeons and support staff operate in our private suites, equipped with the latest technology.
- Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation: O’Connor is one of few area hospitals to offer a dedicated, comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation facility. This facility helps you make healthy lifestyle changes and return to your active life after surgery.
Expert Multidisciplinary Care
We provide compassionate, coordinated care to ensure the best possible outcome.
Our team includes specially trained:
- Cardiac surgeons
- Perfusionists (technicians who operate a heart-lung machine)
- Cardiac nurses
- Physical therapists
Cardiac Conditions We Treat
Our experts treat all heart conditions from minor issues to the most severe, life-threatening conditions.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Carotid stenosis
- Valvular disease
- Heart attack
- Coronary disease
- Thoracic deformities
- Cardiac tumors
- Cardiac and aortic aneurysms
Cardiac Diagnosis and Treatment
Whether you enter O’Connor through the emergency department complaining of chest pain or are referred by your primary care physician, we diagnose your condition quickly, using the latest diagnostic tests and equipment.
Our surgeons have extensive expertise in performing both minimally invasive and open heart procedures. We can also easily switch from one type of procedure to the other if any complications arise. Your physician partners with you to discuss your treatment options and, together, you determine which procedure is right for you and your lifestyle.
O’Connor offers conventional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, as well as advanced diagnostic tests and treatment through our two catheterization and electrophysiology labs. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.
Some of these treatments include:
- Angioplasty: A technique to widen the narrowing in the artery without surgery
- Atherectomy: A procedure to remove plaque from arteries
- Thrombolytic infusion: Infusions of “clot-busting” medications to remove blood clots
- Intercoronary stenting: A stent inserted into the blood vessel on a balloon catheter to improve blood flow
- Tilt table test: Used to determine how the body responds to changes in position (like sitting to standing to lying down) while we continuously monitor symptoms, heart rate and blood pressure
- Thrombectomy: The removal of a blood clot from the coronary arteries
Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation
O’Connor Hospital is one of few hospitals in the area to offer a cardiac rehabilitation program. The emphasis of the program is to provide a supportive environment to lower the risk of future problems. Physical conditioning, nutritional counseling and stress reduction are all part of the rehabilitation program.
Ours is a medically supervised 3-phase program.
- Phase 1: A cardiac nurse visits you in the hospital and provides educational materials about your disease. The nurse also provides information on healthy lifestyle choices you can make to help you recover and prevent future problems.
- Phase 2: After discharge from the hospital, you begin a personalized and closely monitored exercise program in our specially designed gym. We continue to work with you on healthy lifestyle choices and exercise habits.
- Phase 3: Once Phase 2 is complete, you have the option of continuing with your exercise program under the supervision of our rehabilitation staff. There is a fee associated with Phase 3 that is not usually covered by insurance.
At O’Connor Hospital, our vascular surgeons have vast experience in treating all types of vascular conditions and the health issues that often accompany them. In fact, our vascular surgeons were involved in developing innovative graft technology, making ours one of the first hospitals to offer this procedure.
Our specialists are board certified specifically in vascular surgery. This expertise means we provide an individualized approach to care with your best outcome in mind.
In addition to specialty-trained surgeons and personalized care at O’Connor, you also receive:
- The most advanced treatment technology: We are one of the only hospitals in the area to use a hybrid operating room. This specially designed room allows our surgeons to perform either minimally invasive or open surgery procedures or to easily switch between the two.
- Expert care from technology leaders: Our vascular surgeons were involved in developing aortic aneurysm stent graft technology, making us one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this advanced and innovative procedure. This stent graft technology helps strengthen weak aortas with a metal stent support.
- The most advanced diagnosis capabilities: Our surgeons use an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for a 3-D view of your blood vessels. This imaging device is important for both diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease.
- Skilled surgical expertise: Our surgeons are equally adept at performing endovascular (minimally invasive) procedures and open surgery procedures. Because of this expertise, you receive the best care for your condition.
- Access to our expert wound care clinic: A large number of vascular patients have conditions such as venous ulcers and ulcers due to arterial insufficiency that require wound care. Our vascular surgeons work closely with other specialists such as infection disease experts and podiatrists from our wound care clinic to help you avoid infection and heal quickly.
Expert Coordinated Care
Vascular health is a team effort. Vascular patients often require additional expert care in the hospital to aid in recovery and address accompanying health conditions.
Our team includes:
- Vascular surgeons
- Interventional radiologists
- Internal medicine physicians
- Infectious disease specialists
- Physical therapists
Vascular Conditions We Treat
We diagnose and treat the vast majority of vascular conditions.
These conditions include:
- Peripheral vascular disease causing leg pain or non-healing wounds
- Carotid artery disease causing strokes
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Renal artery disease
- Venous insufficiency
- Deep venous thrombosis (DVT): Blood clots
- Iliac vein compression: Leg swelling
- Venous ulcers
- Renal artery disease
- Renal failure plus dialysis access
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our vascular surgeons use the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. Accurate diagnosis is key to the best treatment option and outcome. Our vast experience enables us to perform both endovascular and open heart procedures, depending on what’s best for your condition. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.
Noninvasive treatments include:
- Balloon angioplasty and stenting
- Abdominal aortic stent grafts and carotid stents
Open vascular procedures include:
- Bypasses with vein and synthetic grafts
- Open repairs of aneurysms
- Carotid artery repairs
Diagnosis and Treatment: Cardiac and Vascular
From emergencies to chronic conditions, the highly skilled physicians at O’Connor accurately, quickly and expertly diagnose all cardiac and vascular conditions. Our surgeons and technologists have decades of experience and specialized training, which translates into excellent outcomes for our patients.
As a designated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care, we are capable of treating the most complex cases. And because our cardiac and vascular surgeons are experts in both minimally invasive and open surgery procedures, you always receive the most personalized treatment for your condition.
Advanced Diagnostic Equipment
It all starts with an accurate diagnosis. At O’Connor, specially trained technologists use the most advanced equipment available to assist the physician in identifying your condition correctly.
Cardiac diagnostic tools include:
- X-ray and MRI
- Electrocardiography (EKG)
- Echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram
- Exercise treadmill EKG stress testing
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations
- Thallium stress test
- Electrophysiology studies
Vascular diagnostic tools include:
- X-ray and MRI
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), a noninvasive imaging device that does not use radiation or contrast dyes and, therefore, is safe to use on patients with kidney disease
Cardiac Catheterization Labs
In our catheterization labs, we insert a thin tube called a catheter into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart. This procedure enables our physicians and technicians to evaluate how well your heart, valves and arteries are working.
We use these lab procedures for both evaluation and treatment of cardiac and vascular issues.
Some of these procedures include:
- Angioplasty and stenting: A technique to widen the narrowing in the artery without surgery. We often place a stent in the artery to prevent it from collapsing and to improve blood flow.
- Atherectomy: A procedure to remove plaque from arteries.
- Thrombolytic Infusions: Infusions of “clot-busting” medications to remove blood clots.
- Tilt table test: Used to determine how the body responds to changes in position while we continuously monitor symptoms, heart rate and blood pressure.
- Thrombectomy: The removal of a blood clot from the coronary arteries.
Electrophysiology (EP) Lab
The body’s electrical system sends impulses to the heart muscle, telling it when to pump blood. A change in the pace or pattern of a heartbeat is called an arrhythmia.
In our EP lab, we conduct studies to determine from where the arrhythmia is coming. We also use the lab to perform the appropriate treatment to correct the irregular heartbeat.
Treatment options include:
- A pacemaker
- An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Treatment
We are a certified Chest Pain Center and a designated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care. All our surgeons are board certified with expertise in both minimally invasive and conventional open surgery.
Surgeries can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure or as open surgery procedure. Our surgeons have the experience and expertise to make the best treatment decision based on your specific condition and overall health.
O’Connor uses a hybrid operating room that allows surgeons to switch from one type of procedure to the other, which is often necessary.
Benefits of minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures include:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less blood loss
- Less pain medication
- Quicker recovery
- Less risk of complications
- Smaller scar
Common cardiac treatments
- Coronary bypass
- Valve repair
- Valve replacement
- Open heart surgery (including coronary bypass)
Common vascular treatments
- Balloon angioplasty and stenting
- Abdominal aortic stent grafts and carotid stent
- Bypass with vein and synthetic grafts
- Open repairs of aneurysms and carotid artery repairs
- Atherectomy, a technique used to remove plaque in arteries
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