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.