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Heart and Vascular Care


Whether you’re having symptoms like chest pain or heart palpitations or need advice on an existing condition, you want a care team who understands your unique needs. At PeaceHealth, we diagnose and treat heart and vascular (also called cardiovascular) disease including heart conditions you’re born with (congenital), high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attack and more.

Our heart care team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart and vascular surgeons and rehabilitation specialists. They’ll help you heal and get back to doing what you love.

Heart and vascular care at PeaceHealth

You can be confident you’ll be cared for by an experienced heart and vascular team. PeaceHealth offers:

Minimally invasive approaches

We offer a variety of advanced treatments that can relieve your symptoms without open-heart surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR, Watchman and MitraClip for common heart valve and heart rhythm conditions. You'll work with a team that’s focused on helping you to feel better and recover more quickly.

Cardiac and vascular care leader

PeaceHealth is one of the busiest, most respected centers in the region. PeaceHealth partners with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) cardiovascular surgeons to bring you advanced, research-based treatments in an effort to improve outcomes.

Sophisticated diagnosis

PeaceHealth uses advanced technology and techniques to learn what’s causing your symptoms. Timely, accurate results allow your doctor to develop a treatment plan as soon as possible. That can give you the power to feel better, more quickly. 

A team approach

Our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular surgeons and cardiac rehab specialists work as a team to offer you coordinated, seamless care and advanced treatments.

Conditions We Treat

Arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders)

A heart arrhythmia is a heartbeat that’s too slow, too fast, or irregular. We treat many types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib), ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib)

AFib causes a fast, irregular heartbeat that makes your heart’s upper chambers quiver, rather than pump with force. This causes blood to pool in your heart, which can lead to a blood clot.

Atrial flutter 

Similar to AFib, atrial flutter is a fast but steady heartbeat. Left untreated, it may lead to cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart muscle), stroke or heart attack.

Bradycardia 

Bradycardia refers to a slower-than-normal heartbeat. This can prevent the body from getting the blood oxygen it needs.

Chronic health conditions

Long-term conditions such as COPD, diabetes and high blood pressure should be monitored on a routine basis.

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that develop before birth. These may include defects in the walls or valves and can include atrial septal defect, aortic stenosis, patent foramen ovale (PFO), ventricular septal defect (VSD) and valve stenosis.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is caused by a buildup of a fatty substance, called plaque, inside the arteries that supply blood to your heart. It’s a leading cause of heart attacks.

Heart attack

Heart attacks happen when an artery leading to your heart is blocked. This cuts off blood supply and causes damage to the heart muscle.

Heart Failure

Also called congestive heart failure, heart failure takes place when your heart doesn’t pump enough blood. It’s caused by either stiffening or weakening of the heart muscle.

  • Systolic heart failure: The left ventricle of your heart, which pumps most of the blood, has become weak. This usually happens because it's gotten bigger. Since it's larger, the ventricle can't contract the way it should. Because of that, your heart doesn't pump with enough force to push blood throughout your body.
  • Diastolic heart failure: The left ventricle has become stiffer than normal. Because of that, your heart can't relax the way it should. When it pumps, it can't fill up with blood as it's supposed to. Because there's less blood in the ventricle, less blood is pumped out to your body.
Heart Valve Disease

When one or more of the heart valves don't work properly, it changes the way your heart pumps blood.

Heart valve problems

If you have an artificial heart valve, it changes the way blood flows through your heart. Blood movement can also slow down around the valve itself. Both can cause a blood clot. If your valve replacement is made from animal or human tissue (biological valve), you’ll only need to take blood thinners for a short time after surgery while your body adjusts to the new valve.

High blood pressure (hypertension)

High blood pressure happens when the force of blood pushing against your artery walls is higher than normal. Over time, this pressure stretches and damages the arteries, which leads to heart and vascular disease.

Vascular conditions

Atherosclerosis is a condition caused when your blood vessels become narrow from a buildup of a fatty substance called plaque. This condition can raise your risk of a blood clot. Plaque that forms in the arteries in your heart is called coronary artery disease. When plaque forms in your arms and legs, it’s known as peripheral artery disease. Your doctor may also prescribe blood thinners if you’re at risk for a stroke or you’ve had one, or if you have a deep vein thrombosis.

Vascular Disease

Conditions that affect your blood vessels include aortic aneurysms (bulge in the major blood vessel), carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein) and others. We also treat varicose veins and spider veins.

Treatments Provided

Advanced heart imaging

3D pictures of your heart and arteries that you doctor can view using nuclear medicine,  CTs and MRIs. These include CT angiograms (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiograms (MRA).

Cardiac catheterization

A minimally invasive procedure, where your doctor makes a small incision (cut) in your upper thigh or arm and inserts a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart. Your doctor will then evaluate blood flow in and around your heart to determine if you have any heart disease.

Cardiac stress test

This test monitors your heart while you’re walking on a treadmill. If you can’t exercise, you’ll be given medicine to raise your heart rate instead.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

If you're living with heart disease or recovering from a heart procedure, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can help you regain strength and fitness, improve your health and help you feel better. PeaceHealth combines medical oversight, supervised exercise, education and support, to help you with a heart-healthy lifestyle.

We offer a three-phase program that begins in the hospital and continues with weekly outpatient sessions and ongoing support. PeaceHealth’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation team will guide and support you along the way and help you develop lifelong heart-healthy habits. Your care team may include respiratory and cardiac rehabilitation therapists, health educators, nurses, dietitians and fitness instructors.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation offers many benefits to help you lose weight, feel more energetic, lower your blood pressure, relieve stress and feel more confident and in control of your health. You just need a doctor’s referral to take part in the program.

Get the support you need with a coordinated, comprehensive approach to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and therapy.

Personalized attention

Whether you’ve had a heart attack or you have heart disease risk factors, cardiopulmonary rehab can help. A team of cardiopulmonary rehab specialists will design a program just for you. This will help you gain confidence and improve your fitness safely at a pace that’s right for you.

Support at every step

You’re not in this alone. Your cardiac rehab team is here to support you every step of the way. You’ll also get support and encouragement from others who attend the group educational seminars and exercise sessions. They’re people with similar health goals who can relate to your experience. The cardiac rehab program is designed to help you succeed.

Encouragement and inspiration during recovery

PeaceHealth partners with Mended Hearts to offer you and your family another level of support. This community-based organization provides ongoing peer-to-peer support to help you stay positive and reach your health goals and maintain them.

Tips and information, whenever you need it

PeaceHealth offers educational seminars online that you can watch anytime you need a boost.Get motivated to exercise by learning about the benefits of activity.Or,you can revisit stress-management methods to help you focus on your goals and what matters to you.

Chronic or serious condition management

A health diagnosis such as cancer, chronic pain or heart disease can cause anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues. PeaceHealth offers supportive care, medicine management and therapies to help you cope with pain, treatments and stress or anxiety.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound (sound waves) from a wand-like device called a transducer. A sonographer glides it across your chest to examine your heart after a heart attack or to check for a heart murmur.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An EKG is a test to evaluate your heartbeat and diagnose heart arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats). Your doctor places stickers with tiny electrodes on your chest to measure your heart’s electrical activity.

Electrophysiology study (EPS)

An EPS maps how electrical signals travel through your heart and diagnoses arrhythmias. Using catheters (small tubes), it measures activity in different parts of your heart; delivers medicine to alter electrical activity; or stimulates or slows down your heartbeat. It’s also used to guide catheter ablation.

Follow-up care
Trained specialists work with you, your family and other providers to help you receive the care you need once you leave the facility.
Heart and vascular disease prevention

You can help you lower your risk of heart and vascular disease with expert advice, education, nutritional guidance, lifestyle recommendations and screenings. We also offer teen heart screenings.

Heart and vascular education

We bring together the patient and their family and friends to build a supportive and informed environment that helps empower the patient to reach treatment goals.

Nuclear cardiac testing

These tests use a small amount of a radioactive substance (tracer) and a camera to see how much blood your heart muscle receives (blood flow) and pumps out with each heartbeat. A nuclear imaging test can also be performed as a stress test, called myocardial perfusion, to assess your heart during exercise.

Vascular Surgery

Surgeons use advanced techniques to treat many conditions that affect the arteries, veins and lymph vessels. These include peripheral artery disease, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and more. 

Vascular ultrasound

A test to discover any narrowing, blockages or abnormalities in your veins and arteries. Your doctor may use this test to diagnose peripheral artery disease or deep vein thrombosis.

Heart and Vascular Care Locations near Ketchikan

Exterior of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Front Entrance

Visiting Specialty Clinics in Ketchikan

3100 Tongass Ave.
2nd Floor
Ketchikan, AK 99901
3100 Tongass Ave.
2nd Floor
Ketchikan, AK 99901

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