Cardiovascular care in West Hills, California
West Hills Regional Heart & Vascular Institute offers the latest treatments for heart failure, heart surgery, heart transplantation, heart attack interruption and cardiac rehabilitation. We offer 24/7 emergency cardiac care, and the ER at West Hills Hospital is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for excellence in emergency heart attack procedures.
If you think someone is having a cardiac episode, such as a heart attack, call 911 right away.
If you have a potentially life-threatening cardiovascular condition, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), which can result in a heart attack, it is critical to seek the expertise and advice of specialists. Heart attack is linked to severe health problems, like heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).
Cardiac care services
West Hills Hospital connects you with medical services essential to your care, healing and well-being. Our cardiovascular care program offers:
- Non-invasive and invasive procedures, including open heart surgery
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Behavioral health services
- Diagnostics and laboratory services
- Imaging services
- Specialized critical care and emergency treatment
- Cardiac rehabilitation
Chest Pain Receiving Center
The West Hills Regional Heart & Vascular Institute is an accredited Chest Pain Receiving Center designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This official designation in Los Angeles County means we are prepared 24/7 to provide specialized, emergency cardiac care.
STEMI Receiving Center
Los Angeles County also recognizes West Hills Hospital for treatment of a critical type of heart attack called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
Our heart and vascular center makes it possible to have electronic physiology performed for irregular heartbeat problems without the use of fluoroscopy. That's because our specially-trained electrophysiologists use advanced technology that allows them to precisely see the problem location on a 3D computer model of the heart. This can be extremely helpful in correcting irregular heart rhythms.
Our electrophysiology team members are experts in device placement procedures, and some devices have remote monitoring capabilities.
Heart attack treatment
West Hills Regional Heart & Vascular Institute was ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for heart attack response time. Seeking immediate treatment at the first sign of a heart attack can save your life and limit damage to your heart. Quick heart attack treatment—within an hour—is essential because the heart muscle starts to die if the blocked artery is not treated.
Heart attack warning signs
- Chest discomfort, such as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that is mild or strong. It may last more than a few minutes or go away and come back.
- Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness, fainting or breaking out in a cold sweat.
- Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
Heart attack symptoms in women
The warning signs for men and women are different. Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain. In fact, about a third of women experience no chest pain at all when having a heart attack and 71 percent of women report flu-like symptoms for two weeks to a month prior to having more acute chest discomfort or severe shortness of breath.