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Heart health and
cardiac care

You deserve high-quality care that helps you spend many healthy years doing what you love. At Kaiser Permanente, you have an experienced team of cardiologists working together to protect your heart health. Thanks to their efforts, our members are 33% less likely to die prematurely of heart disease compared with nonmembers in their community.1


Your guide to heart health 

When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, we’ve got you covered. Our collaborative, team-based approach to care helps members with heart disease live longer and healthier. And our focus on healthy living helps others avoid heart disease altogether.
 

 

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Our care model

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Prevention programs


Prevention is the key to maintaining good heart health. When you make healthy lifestyle choices, you can lower your risk of heart disease.

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Advanced treatments


We treat a broad range of heart conditions and perform life-saving procedures every day.

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Recovery support


Throughout your recovery, your care team will focus on the health of your body and mind. And our cardiac rehabilitation programs can help you recover faster and stay well.

Coordinated care focused on you

Cardiovascular surgeon Srinivas Sarma, MD, explains how cardiac care works at Kaiser Permanente. From day one, you get a streamlined care journey that takes you from prevention to treatment and beyond.


Cardiology care: what to expect


Need a valve repair? Or a pacemaker? Or maybe you’re having chest pain? We have you covered. Your Kaiser Permanente care team works together to keep you — and your heart — as healthy as possible.

The care you get at Kaiser Permanente is based on a unique team approach. Your care team includes cardiology specialists, cardiac care nurses, cardiovascular technicians, and more. They have extensive experience treating a wide range of heart conditions, and they collaborate closely to give you high-quality, personalized care throughout your treatment. 

Your care team also keeps you informed about your progress and works with you to make important decisions about your care. So you always know you’re getting the treatment that best meets your needs.

Learn more about cardiology care team roles

There are many types of heart disease, and no 2 hearts are the same. Our cardiology teams treat each patient based on their unique needs. From preventive care to major surgery, we’re here to give you the care that’s right for you.

Your personalized care plan addresses your unique medical history, health needs, and lifestyle. And your care team will help you understand your treatment options and work with you to decide on the best treatment for your condition.

Your electronic health record connects your care team to your latest medical information. They can view your doctor visit notes and history anytime, so you don’t have to repeat yourself with different care team members. Instead, you can focus on what’s most important — getting well and staying well. Plus, you can view your health information anytime at kp.org or with our app.

Your electronic health record also connects your care team members to each other, so it’s easy for them to work together to keep you healthy. They measure and record your cardiovascular health at almost every appointment. This helps them spot problems earlier, so you can start treatment as soon as possible. 

Your care team has access to some of the most advanced cardiac procedures available. For example:

  • Minimally invasive heart surgery: With our innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery, we can replace heart valves without open-heart surgery. For patients, this means shorter recovery times, smaller scars, and less time in the hospital. They can go home after 1 or 2 days on average, instead of a week or more after open-heart surgery.
  • Home cardiac rehabilitation program: Our 8-week recovery program lets patients complete daily rehab activities at home, which their doctor can track remotely. This new option is combined with phone appointments and ongoing health education, and has already helped reduce hospitalization rates for patients.2 It’s currently available in Northern California, but we’ll be expanding it to other areas soon.
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Patient and caregiver resources for every step

Care at Kaiser Permanente goes far beyond the cardiac unit. From diagnosis to treatment and recovery, you’ll get resources and support throughout your care journey.

 

Browse heart conditions

As a member, you get access to a wide range of cardiac services. Explore our heart health guides by selecting a condition below. 

 

Latest heart health news


Excellence in cardiac care

In 2022, 34 Kaiser Permanente hospitals were recognized for high performance in treating heart failure and 37 were recognized for high performance in stroke treatment by U.S News & World Report.4


Footnotes

  1. Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, et al., “Measuring Premature Mortality Among Kaiser Permanente Members Compared to the Community,” Kaiser Permanente, July 20, 2022.
  2. Chileshe Nkonde-Price MD, MS, et al., “Comparison of Home-Based vs Center-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in Hospitalization, Medication Adherence, and Risk Factor Control Among Patients With Cardiovascular Disease,” JAMA Netw Open, August 25, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.28720
  3. Classes vary by location. Some members may have to pay a fee for certain classes.
  4. ”U.S. News Best Hospitals,” U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2023.