Cardiac Care

With the proper care, your heart condition shouldn’t keep you from living the life you love.

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe that treating your cardiac issues shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying a full and active life. We have a wide range of cardiac specialists available to treat the most complex heart conditions while our comprehensive device clinic and internally-developed tests and procedures use the safest and least invasive processes possible.

From our state-of-the-art detection tools to our unique virtual rehabilitation program, our doctors and care teams use advanced methods available to detect and treat your condition while following a treatment plan designed specifically to get you the care you need. Whether your condition requires medications, advanced technology, or innovative treatment methods, we have you covered.

What makes the way we deliver care superb?

Better prevention

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to reduce your risk of heart disease. We can help.

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Better detection

With our integrated system and state-of-the-art detection tools, we can get you the tests you need to confirm your heart’s condition as quickly and safely as possible.

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Better treatment

Cardiac care requires an individualized approach to a wide range of conditions related to your heart and arteries. That’s why we have specialists available to manage complex conditions using advanced methods, treatments, and prescription drugs.

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Better outcomes

Cardiac rehabilitation programs save lives and are essential to improve your health. Our cardiologists have created a unique rehabilitation program designed to improve your experience.

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27
Cardiologists employed 1

56
Radiologists employed 2

90% 3
of our patients have their blood pressure under control, the highest rate in the country. (Nationally, only 50 to 55% of people have their blood pressure under control. 4)

87%
of our patients with high cholesterol have it under control 5 compared to 1 out of 3 patients 6 nationally

30
Medical centers in the area

Better prevention

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to reduce your risk of heart disease. And if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, try to keep it under control. We can help.

  • We offer programs and classes, including nutrition and smoking cessation, which help you make positive lifestyle changes to improve heart health.
  • Our cardiologists teach healthy living classes for members with such common problems as a family history of heart disease and palpitations. For those who would like a private consultation, a cardiologist is available immediately after the class. 7
  • Our coordinated care approach to blood pressure and lipid management reduces the risk of preventable heart disease and leads to quicker, better diagnoses.
  • Our cardiologists are designing nutrition plans centered around the food that you eat. For example, if you primarily eat South Asian food, we can offer you a way to eat healthy while still eating the foods that feel familiar.

Emil Thattassery, MD

Meet Emil Thattassery, MD, Cardiologist, and hear about his passion for treating patients who have heart disease.

Better detection

With our integrated system and state-of-the-art detection tools, we can get you the tests you need to confirm your heart’s condition as quickly and safely as possible.

Detection begins for us in the primary care physician’s (PCP) office. All of our clinicians have access to the heart phone, which can provide you and your PCP a real time consultation with a board certified cardiologist, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Together you can decide on your next best steps.

Our integrated system allows us to provide rapid access if you need cardiac testing. If your PCP believes you need certain tests, the PCP can send you to a cardiologist’s office for a stress test, echocardiogram, or face-to-face consultation immediately or when the time is best for you. If the stress test is positive, you may be referred for a same-day catheterization and, because we use the radial approach for catheterization, you may be able to go home the same day.

One of the many state-of-the-art detection tools we offer is the cardiac CT or CAT scan. This test uses a small amount of radiation to learn more about the structure of your heart and heart arteries.

We monitor chronic conditions such as aneurysms and valvular heart disease through a series of unified treatment guidelines our cardiologists have developed. These guidelines are evidence-driven and allows us to provide treatment best suited to you.

During all tests we pay close attention to how much radiation you are receiving. By using minimal radiation nuclear stress testing, we can limit the amount of radiation many people receive and only expose them to radiation when absolutely necessary.

Better treatments

Cardiac care requires an individualized approach to a wide range of conditions related to your heart and arteries. That’s why we have specialists available to manage your complex conditions using advanced methods, treatments, and prescription drugs. Why is treatment at Kaiser Permanente better?

Cutting-edge programs

Our innovative multidisciplinary programs for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) have resulted in dramatic reductions in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, keeping our patients healthy, out of the hospital, and in the comfort of their own beds. Our programs focus on virtual care systems, allowing our care team to have a robust line of communication with you while still letting you live your life as you like.

Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic is leading a study to evaluate a remote monitoring pilot program that uses wearable activity monitors and scales to manage patients with CHF. Through the study, CHF patients get a scale and activity monitor that automatically upload their data to a platform designed by one of our cardiologists to help our clinical management team manage the patient’s health.

Advanced treatments

On-demand right heart catheterization is a minimally invasive technique used to assess the dynamics of your blood flow (hemodynamics) without sedation (or pain) and make treatment decisions in real time.

We have a robust regional program that provides minimally invasive catheter-based management of a variety of structural heart diseases. The transcatheter aortic valve replacement program, for example, allows patients to undergo small incisions in the groin and one night in the hospital followed by less than one-week total recovery.

Our comprehensive device clinic (Electrophysiology department) has cardiologists who implant lead-less pacemakers, defibrillators or ICDs, and other advanced devices and perform complex extractions, such as removing an infected pacemaker without doing heart surgery. For patients who cannot take blood thinners, left atrial appendage closure devices, a new way to prevent strokes in patients that have atrial fibrillation, can be implanted without opening the chest.

Joseph Lodato, MD

Meet Joseph Lodato, MD, and hear about how Kaiser Permanente members have access to some of the most sophisticated cardiac care in the region.

They’re all connected

Through our integrated delivery system, our cardiologists work closely with geneticists and other specialists to manage very complex conditions for patients with congenital heart disease, including the treatment of genetic cardiomyopathies (diseases of the heart muscle) and genetic conditions with cardiac manifestations. An adult congenital heart disease specialist consults with and follows our patients over long periods to treat both simple and complex congenital heart disease, as well as rare and unusual conditions.

We provide a comprehensive coordinated cardiac OB service to manage pregnant women with cardiac disease. Cardiologists collaborate with their obstetrician/gynecologist colleagues to coordinate appointments and testing and collaboratively discuss patient care so that women with complex heart disease can have as normal a birth process as possible. Two pediatric cardiologists also offer a unique skill set to our young patients.

Ameya Kulkarni, MD

Meet Ameya Kulkarni, MD, Cardiologist and learn about the remote monitoring technology available at Kaiser Permanente.

Better outcomes

Cardiac rehabilitation programs save lives and are essential to improve your health. Our cardiologists have created a unique rehabilitation program that uses virtual communications and a home-based exercise program to improve your experience and make it easier for you to complete the program.

If you’ve had bypass surgery, a heart attack, other heart surgery, or medically managed chest pain, our virtual cardiac rehabilitation program is available to you. The program only requires that you visit a medical center once to talk with a cardiac rehabilitation nurse who will then create a nutrition and exercise regimen tailored specifically for you.

Over the next 12 weeks, a nurse will contact you once a week to find out how you’re doing as you work on your diet and exercise regimen at home. You may also discuss other issues like keeping your blood pressure under control, quitting smoking, and enrolling in applicable classes.

Nirnimesh Pandey, MD

Meet Nirnimesh Pandey, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, and learn how cardiac MRI can lead to quicker diagnosis and treatment.

John Golden, MD

Meet Dr. Golden and hear him explain why cardiac care at Kaiser Permanente involves an individualized approach to a wide range of conditions related to your heart and arteries.

John Golden, MD

Meet John Golden, MD, an interventional cardiologist, and learn how physicians at Kaiser Permanente help members lower their risk of stroke and find the treatment they need to live better and thrive.

  1. From kp.org, 6/13/17
  2. From kp.org, 6/13/17
  3. 2016 National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Quality Compass® data
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm
  5. Internal MAS statistics
  6. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_cholesterol.htm
  7. Program will launch in the fall 2017