The beat goes on
When your heart is on the line, our cardiac team doesn’t skip a beat
Robert knows a thing or two about a good beat. A drummer for most of his
life, he understands that a steady beat is the foundation to any good
song, and the same can be said for a healthy heart. Fifteen years ago,
Robert’s demanding career took its toll on his health when he suffered
a mild heart attack. After the heart scare, Robert knew he needed to make
some major changes to save his life. Less than three months after the
heart attack, he retired from his stressful job and moved north from the
chaotic streets of Los Angeles to the peaceful orchards of Tulare.
Last fall, 14 years after moving to Tulare, Robert’s elevated blood
pressure was making him worry so he made an appointment with Dr. Sarmad
Said, a cardiologist affiliated with Kaweah Delta. Robert passed heart
test after test but his blood pressure remained elevated. Thankfully,
he was in the expert hands of Dr. Said. “Dr. Said didn’t turn
away from me. He took the time to listen to me and scheduled me for an
angiogram to take a closer look.” Just as Dr. Said began the procedure,
Robert’s blood pressure dropped dangerously, revealing to Dr. Said
that an artery blockage was likely and heart surgery would be necessary.
In the end, Robert’s heart required quadruple bypass surgery performed
by Kaweah Delta-affiliated Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Leheb Araim.
Now on the road to a full recovery, Robert believes he was meant to move
to Tulare County to be treated by the compassionate team at Kaweah Delta.
“I really can’t convey the appreciation I have for Dr. Said,
Dr. Araim, and the hospital’s medical staff. It wasn’t just
a hospital experience. It was a people experience. I was always told by
music teachers that the drummer is the heartbeat of the band, and Kaweah
Delta’s goal was to give me the beat back. They revive and restore
lives, and I’m one of them.
Those are the people who bring you back to life.”
We assist patients through counseling, heart disease treatment, and surgery.
Our goal is to keep your heart strong long after you leave our hospital,
and offer several education services to create a suitable diet and exercise routine.
Our cardiovascular services include:
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - Minimally invasive valve replacement surgery which may lead to shorter
hospital stays, relief of symptoms (sometimes immediately), improved heart
function and reduced pain and anxiety.
- Led by two highly renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, this team performs
various surgeries on the inside of the chest, including heart valve surgery
and minimally invasive procedures.
Electrophysiology (EP) Cardiology
- We employ a team of medical professionals who have devoted extensive study
to the heart's electrical system. Patients can receive EP procedures
to remedy irregular heart rhythms.
Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
- This department performs operations to treat vein and artery diseases
with cutting-edge surgical and imaging technology.
Interventional Cardiology/Vascular Surgery
- Here we treat patients suffering from coronary artery disease, peripheral
artery disease, and myocardial infractions (heart attacks).
Non-Invasive Cardiology Department - This department provides diagnostic ultrasound imaging to assist in the
diagnoses of cardiovascular system disorders.
Heart Health Treatment
- We educate patients on how to reduce the risk of heart disease, and treat
patients with high blood pressure, chest pains, and other cardiovascular issues.
For more information on improved heart health, be sure to review our
heart attack overview and details on
past successes and what
your visit will entail.
SEQUOIA CARDIOLOGY CLINIC
Sequoia Cardiology Clinic partners with cardiology patients to promote
heart health and provide ongoing evaluation and management of cardiovascular
problems. We offer patients a one-stop-shop for all their diagnostic and
therapeutic cardiology needs by providing easy access to a wide range
of cardiology subspecialists. We believe in giving each patient the attentive,
leading-edge cardiology care they need in a comfortable and convenient setting.
820 S. Akers Street, Suite 130
Visalia, CA 93277
Phone: (559) 624-6520
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Talk to your doctor about getting referred to Sequoia Cardiology Clinic
or complete the appointment request form below:
Learn more about our new affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, #1 program
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