Cardiac Services

Memorial Medical Center receives awards for heart attack and stroke patient care

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 | 0 comments

MODESTO, CA – Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is part of an elite group of hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association for awards signifying a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI and NSTEMI (heart attack) patient population, and for care of patients suffering strokes.

MMC received both the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for performance based on the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.*

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“We commend Memorial Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” Read More

Sutter Patient Implanted with World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Patient Sarah C. Smith, left, shares a laugh with Thomas Tadros, M.D., the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento electrophysiologist who implanted Sarah’s new pacemaker, the world’s smallest.

SACRAMENTO — Local resident Sarah C. Smith, 89, suffered from atrial fibrillation that got so bad that her cardiologist said the only way to control it was with a pacemaker. However, she wasn’t a candidate for a conventional pacemaker, which is placed in a pocket under the skin in the chest and connected to the heart with wires, also called leads. Luckily for Sarah, a new, tiny, leadless pacemaker was recently approved by the FDA and Medicare, and she met the criteria for it.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, Sarah became one of the first patients in Northern California to be implanted with the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System, which has no leads and provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Electrophysiologist Thomas Tadros, M.D., holds the new Micra pacemaker along with a quarter to show how small it is.

“The advantages are that it’s much smaller and is implanted directly into the heart, so you don’t have a skin incision in the chest and it doesn’t have wires that go through the vein,” explained Thomas Tadros, M.D., a cardio electrophysiologist with Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento who performed the Micra implantation. “It’s all done with a needle stick in a vein in the thigh instead of making an incision in the chest, so there’s no restriction on arm movement for the month afterwards, and patients usually go home the next day.”

There are also other medical benefits having a smaller pacemaker that’s implanted in the heart instead of the chest. Read More

Why Is There a Red Dress on Sutter Medical Center? It’s for a Good Cause

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Drivers at night time on the Capital City Freeway in February are seeing a red dress illuminated on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Ose Adams Medical Pavilion in honor of American Heart Month.

A red dress is “floating” on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento as part of American Heart Month.

Sutter Health in the Valley Area is a major sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red activities that draw attention to heart disease and stroke that take the lives of 1 in 3 women each year.

“This is a cause Sutter Health has supported for many years in the greater Sacramento area, and now we’re starting to make a big push beyond this region into Stockton and Modesto, so we hope it only continues to grow from here,” said Rick Harrell, regional service line executive for Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and board chair for the Sacramento division of the American Heart Association. “Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, and we want more women to be aware that this is their greatest health threat. We are truly thankful to see our communities embrace the Go Red For Women movement to raise awareness and help women live longer, healthier lives.” Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Only NorCal Hospital on Top 50 Cardio List

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Truven Health Analytics announced this week that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento made its list2017-Cardio-Sample-Report-page-001 of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States for the fifth consecutive year. Sutter Medical Center was the only Northern California hospital named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital and the only California hospital in the group of “Top Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs.”

Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, headquartered at Sutter Medical Center, offers the most comprehensive care for cardiovascular patients in the greater Sacramento region. It saves the lives of hundreds of Northern Californians with its Advanced Heart Therapy Services, including heart transplants, ventricular assist devices, valve replacements such as TAVR, and many other life-saving surgeries and cath lab procedures. Read More

New Heart Stent to Perform Disappearing Act in Sutter Patient

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Retired Sacramento firefighter Edward Basurto, 66, had a stent implanted into a clogged artery Monday, Aug. 1, which will literally disappear in his body within the next few years, leaving the artery open without any sign of the metal scaffolding.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Cardiac Cath Lab Director Thomas Rhodes discusses the Absorb stent with patient Edward Basurto on Aug. 2.

Basurto was the first Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento patient to be implanted with the Abbott Absorb stent under the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration. For the past four years, Sutter Medical Center was one of the top clinical trial sites in the country to test the unique absorbable stent.

“After four years of implanting Absorb stents within the study protocol, it is exciting to have them approved for all of our patients,” said David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and Sutter’s principal investigator for the Absorb stent study. “We look forward to using the experience that we have developed over the past few years with the Absorb stents to optimize the care of our patients.” Read More

Heart Failure Patient Given Second Wind in Order to Play Sax

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Jazz, blues and gospel keyboardist David Ussery, 64, always wanted to play the saxophone. So for Father’s Day 2015, his wife bought him one. He excitedly tried to play it.

“It brought me to tears,” Ussery says, “because I didn’t have the energy to blow into it.”

The longtime keyboardist who has played for R&B star Rick James and Sacramento blues legends Johnny Heartsman and Robert Nakashima was in heart failure. Not only couldn’t he play the sax, but he struggled to play the piano and had trouble walking from the living room up the stairs to the couple’s master bedroom. He even ran out of breath tying his shoes.

“I couldn’t breathe,” he says. “Life was sucky.”

Father’s Day 2016, however, was a different story. Ussery practiced his newfound talent on the saxophone in preparation for a very special concert he performed Monday, June 20. As a thank-you, he played for the people who saved his life — the clinicians of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Heart Therapy Services. Read More