Whether you are in search of preventive cardiovascular care or advanced
cardiac surgery procedures in the Inland Empire, Riverside Community Hospital
can provide the exceptional care you deserve through our distinguished
HeartCare Institute. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the
Riverside area, but we strive to provide comprehensive care that will
benefit all members of the community for a brighter future of heart health.
Below, you can see what exactly sets our Institute apart and why you might
seek our specialized care.
Institute Accreditations and Achievements
The HeartCare Institute specializes in all types of cardiovascular care—including
emergency services, minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, interventional
cardiology, and advanced electrophysiology for rhythm disorders such as
atrial fibrillation. Our ER, which is the largest in Riverside County
is a STEMI Receiving Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center, ensuring
the most accurate and rapid care for patients showing the signs of a cardiac
episode. Our record treatment time for a STEMI heart attack is 23 minutes,
and we achieve times under the national goal of 90 minutes in 100% of
cases. The HeartCare Institute also features 5 state-of-the-art cardiac
catheterization labs and multi-phase cardiac rehabilitation to create
better outcomes in non-emergency patients as well.
Understanding Your Cardiovascular Care Needs
When it comes to heart health, patient awareness is an important factor
in managing potentially serious conditions such as coronary artery disease
or arrhythmias. Here’s a look at the factors that you should be
aware of to determine the level of cardiac care you need at any age.
Important numbers – Many of the controllable risk factors for heart disease can exist silently
without any noticeable symptoms. Therefore, it is important to check some
key numbers during your annual visit to the doctor so that you are fully
aware of your heart health. These numbers include your blood pressure,
complete cholesterol panel, and blood sugar. Your weight and age may also
be factored into your risk, since older adults and obese individuals are
more susceptible to heart problems.
Uncontrollable risk factors – While you may not be able to minimize uncontrollable risk factors like
your family health history, it is still important to be aware of these
risks. If you have a parent or sibling who has had heart health issues,
you are much more likely to have a cardiovascular condition yourself.
Working with your doctor will be the best way to take a more proactive
approach that will reduce your overall risk and ensure a lifetime of better health.
Red flags – If you ever experience chest pain, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath,
or tightness in the chest, you should head to the ER right away for immediate
medical attention. Even if heart attack is not the cause of these symptoms,
they are not signs that should be ignored.
To find a physician for your cardiovascular care at the HeartCare Institute
of Riverside Community Hospital, give us a call at (951) 788-3463 and
speak with one of our registered nurses.