A Vision to Expand Cardiology Services

Did you know?

  • 50 percent of people who have a first-time heart attack will die from it.
  • 38 percent of women and 25 percent of men will die within one year of a first recognized heart attack.

Heart disease statistics are sobering. Prompt attention with the most up-to-date facilities and equipment is essential to survival for both heart attack and heart disease.

Standing in the future home of Simi Valley Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, American Heart Association (AHA) representatives Ally Walker, Liz Adams and Jennifer Howell get an early look at plans for the lower level of the hospital’s new Patient Care Tower. Simi Valley Hospital supports the AHA as our area’s “cause sponsor” for the AHA’s Start! program.

For that reason, Simi Valley Hospital leaders are currently working with architects to design and build a cardiac catheterization and peripheral vascular lab on the bottom level of the hospital’s new Patient Care Tower.

Cardiac Catheterization

The term cardiac catheterization covers a wide range of procedures that start with a narrow tube, called a catheter, that is inserted through an artery—usually the femoral artery in the groin. Using images from an X-ray monitor, a cardiologist gently guides the catheter through the artery up toward the heart.

With a tiny camera mounted on the catheter, the cardiologist can see an image of the heart’s arteries and other structures. This exploration helps the cardiologist diagnose a number of heart conditions. The catheter can also be used to open a blocked artery and perform other treatment within the arteries.

“With this extremely useful procedure, a cardiologist can identify clogged arteries and other dangerous situations and take care of them before they cause a heart attack or other problems,” said Bikram Soni, MD, a cardiologist on staff at Simi Valley Hospital.

Spring 2008