Innovative Medicine

Experts in the care of your heart

Innovative Medicine

At Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, we provide innovative medicine for our patients, ensuring patients get big city medicine with small town compassion.

Our innovative practices include:

  • Radial access for cardiac catheterization
    • Our innovative approach through the arm allows patients to be up and going in just two hours.
  • Careful coordination of care
    • Here, your electronic medical records follow you where you go and your cardiologist keeps your primary care provider up-to-date with your care.
  • Training cardiology fellows
    • We offer one of just two cardiology fellowships in Oregon (the other is at Oregon Health & Science University). Our cardiology fellowship enhances the overall level of all of our academic programs, improves patient care, leads to more cardiac research in our hospitals and ultimately translates to providing the region with more cardiologists.
  • Offering numerous research studies and clinical trials
    • We offer our patients the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical trials close to home. Studies have included topics such as renal artery stenosis, the role of gender on outcomes in heart attack patients, an investigation into whether fish oil can prevent atrial fibrillation after cardiothoracic surgery, and a study testing a new medication option for diabetic patients who’ve experienced a heart attack.
  • Nationally recognized stroke program
    • We are a leader in our use of advanced after-stroke care and stroke prevention education. Our stroke program has been recognized by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association with a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll program. These awards demonstrate our success in providing excellent care for stroke patients in a timely manner.
  • Integrated STEMI (st elevation myocardial infarction) bypass program
    • Under our program, people who call 911 and report symptoms of a possible heart attack are assessed at the scene by EMS (emergency medical services). If an electrocardiogram (ECG) indicates a possible blocked coronary artery, EMS alerts our cardiac team to ensure we are ready and waiting when the patient arrives at the hospital. This streamlined communication program reduces the patient’s door-to-balloon time (the speed in which a hospital can perform a procedure to open the patient’s blood vessel).
  • LVADs (left ventricle assist devices)
    • We’re known as a regional expert in this difficult procedure. Our cardiac surgeons have the ability to place these life-saving devices to allow the heart to successfully recover after surgery or bridge time to get the patient through a transplant. Without this procedure, these patients would otherwise not have made it out of surgery.

At Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, we provide comprehensive heart and vascular services including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, vascular surgery, interventional radiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

For more information, contact us at 1-877-474-7484.