Heart & Vascular Program

Washington Hospital offers a full range of cardiac and vascular services to meet patients’ varied needs. It has been designated as both a “cardiac receiving center” and a “stroke receiving center” for Alameda County. Hospitals with these designations must have demonstrated that they have the facilities, technology and physicians needed to provide immediate diagnostic tests and the interventions necessary to save lives.  

Fast Treatment for Chest Pain

As a designated cardiac receiving center for Alameda County, Washington Hospital is committed to restoring blood flow as quickly as possible, and avoiding secondary complications.    

  • Washington Hospital is an early adopter of the standard to get heart attack patients into the Cardiac Catheterization Lab for angioplasty to restore blood flow to the heart within 90 minutes or less, which means faster care and better outcomes for the patient. Today, we average 60 minutes, as a quick response means more heart muscle is saved
  • Washington Hospital collaborates with paramedics in the field who can perform an electrocardiogram (EKG) and transmit the results to the Hospital and treating cardiologist. The goal is to enable the doctor to make a diagnosis, have the cath lab team and room ready even before the patient is transported to the hospital. As the only hospital in the area to have three cath labs, room availability is not a concern as it is in hospitals with only one lab. 
  • After the procedure, patients are carefully monitored on the nursing unit, specifically for heart patients, for various complications that could prevent a secondary heart attack. 
  • After discharge, Washington Hospital works with patients and their families to reduce the odds of further heart attacks. Two examples of prevention are Mended Hearts and Cardiac Rehabilitation. 

From leading edge diagnostic equipment and interventional services, to the latest in surgical procedures and cardiac rehabilitation, Washington Hospital's Heart and Vascular Program provides patients with a full continuum of quality care. Washington Township Health Care District has a clear mission to reinvest in and improve upon all patient care services; as such our cardiac and vascular services offers the latest in technology, attracts top physicians and provides streamlined access for patients.   

Learn more about the heart program:

  • Cardiac Intervention
  • Arrhythmia and pacemakers
  • Interventional Radiology (IR)
  • Endovascular Intervention
  • Cardiothoracic (or Cardiac) Surgery
  • Non-interventional Cardiac Studies (Stress Tests, etc.) 
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
  • Telemetry Nursing Unit (5th Floor West)
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

A team of physician specialists, nurses and support staff collaborate to provide the best possible care. A dozen cardiologists and two cardiac surgeons lead Washington’s range of services from heart disease screening and prevention, and all types of non-invasive testing to the most sophisticated of cardiac, valvular and vascular surgeries. The interventional suite is the best equipped lab in the Tri-City area.  Expanded to three procedural rooms and existing labs renovated, the suite includes a new pre and post procedure patient area and a highly trained staff to support the diverse range of physician specialists using the facilities. This affords patients access to specialists in one spot. 

Washington Hospital's heart and vascular programs treat and manage such conditions as:   

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Angina pectoris
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmia and rhythm disorders
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Venous disease
  • Blood clots
  • Aneurysms

Following medical, surgical or interventional treatment or for the prevention of disease, Washington Hospital offers an extensive rehabilitation and counseling program to help patients maintain or return to an active lifestyle.


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