Advanced cardiac treatments

No two hearts are the same, but every heart deserves high-quality care. At Kaiser Permanente, our members are 33% less likely to experience premature death due to heart disease.1 From preventive therapy to major surgery, we’re here to help you get the right care for your condition.

Heart and vascular therapy

Your cardiac care team treats many different heart conditions and performs life-saving procedures every day. With their experience and access to the latest high-quality care, they’ll help you understand your heart condition and build the right treatment for you and your lifestyle.

Learn more about common cardiac therapy options.

 

Lifestyle changes

You can take many steps at home to live healthier and improve the condition of your heart. Small changes like a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise can help with high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. And you can improve your condition if you quit smoking and limit alcohol 

Medications

Your doctor may prescribe medications to prevent heart conditions or keep heart disease from getting worse. Certain medications can even treat the cause of your heart condition, reducing your symptoms and helping you feel better. Take your medications as prescribed and contact your doctor if you have any questions.

Minimally invasive procedures

Your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to treat your heart condition. These procedures can have lower risks than surgery and shorter recovery times. Some of these procedures, like a coronary angioplasty, can be performed with local anesthetic. In other words, you won’t need to be put to sleep. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about any minimally invasive procedure.

Advanced heart procedures

You may need an advanced procedure to help your heart work better. That could mean bypass surgery to open clogged arteries, getting a pacemaker, or having a transcatheter aortic valve implantation or replacement (TAVI/TAVR). Talk with your doctor to understand the potential risks of any advanced procedure.

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Browse heart conditions


As a member, you get access to the most advanced cardiac treatments. Learn more about how we treat heart conditions by exploring our heart health guides below. 


Common heart conditions

 

One connected care team

At Kaiser Permanente, a dedicated team will coordinate your care every step of the way. Our doctors and specialists are part of the same organization. So you can rest easy knowing they always have your latest medical history and treatment plan.

Get to know the health care professionals you may see along your cardiac care journey.

A doctor trained to take pictures of your heart using different imaging procedures.
A nurse who cares for people with heart conditions.
A health care professional who helps you recover from an event or procedure and make healthy lifestyle changes.
A doctor who oversees your heart care and connects you with other heart specialists. You may see them for regular visits or when your condition changes.
A partner who works with your personal doctor’s office to guide you through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
A doctor who treats adults and children born with heart defects.
A doctor who diagnoses and treats problems with your heart’s electrical system.
A cardiologist who specializes in preventing and treating heart failure.
A cardiologist trained to diagnose and treat heart conditions through procedures that use small tubes called catheters.
A doctor who serves as your main point of contact to oversee your mental and physical health care needs. Also known as a primary care physician.
A health specialist who treats medical conditions with drug therapy. They also answer questions about how often to take your drugs and the side effects they might cause.

Fast stroke treatment is key to survival

When a stroke happens, minutes matter. Kaiser Permanente’s clot-busting medication treats strokes more than twice as fast as the national average.

Watch the video to learn how our telestroke program helps reduce the time from your arrival at the medical center to when you receive life-saving medication.  

This approach was key in saving Ken Dito’s life. 

Read Ken’s story

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Get the mental and emotional support you need


Going through heart treatment can be both physically and emotionally difficult. You may feel anxious or depressed or have trouble sleeping or eating. It’s important to find the care you need. Before, during, and after treatment, you and your family can:

  • Talk about how you’re feeling, what’s working, and whether you feel supported and understood
  • Attend individual or group sessions with a mental health counselor
  • Access self-care apps and more 24/7 tools to support your emotional wellness

 

Find health classes and support groups near you


Connection can be crucial during this tough time. With support groups and wellness classes, you can:

  • Exchange information, experiences, and encouragement with people in similar situations
  • Interact in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment
  • Learn helpful coping techniques and health tips from a team of professionals
  • Attend wellness classes in person, by phone, or online2

 

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Footnotes

1Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, et al., “Measuring Premature Mortality Among Kaiser Permanente Members Compared to the Community,” Kaiser Permanente, July 20, 2022.

2Some online fitness classes may not be available to Medi-Cal and Medicaid members.