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American Heart Association® Don't Die of Doubt

Five reasons hospitals are safe for heart, stroke emergencies — even in the pandemic
Although COVID-19 has changed the world, it hasn’t changed the fact that hospitals are the safest place to be if there’s a heart attack, stroke or other medical emergency.

Here’s why the coronavirus shouldn’t make you hesitate or doubt you need emergency help.

  1. Hospitals are following infection control protocols to sanitize, socially distance and keep infected people away from others.
  2. Calling 911 immediately is still your best chance of surviving an emergency.
  3. Year in and year out, heart disease and stroke are the top two killers worldwide.
  4. Fast care is the key to survival.
  5. Emergency room workers know what to do, even when things seem chaotic.

For more information, visit Heart.org/DontDieofDoubt

Learn more about our new affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, #1 program in heart care in the nation - Click HERE

Cardiac Surgery at Kaweah Health

Visalia's Leader in Heart Care

More than 20 years after establishing its open-heart surgery program in Visalia, Kaweah Health has been nationally recognized, has performed more than 7,900 open-heart surgery procedures. Now under the leadership of two experienced and talented cardiothoracic surgeons, Leheb Araim, MD, and Gonzalo Javier Carrizo, MD, our program offers patients a full range of cardiovascular services at our state-of-the-art facility, the Acequia Wing at Kaweah Health Medical Center.

Based in Visalia, Kaweah Health has made a name for itself as the region's leader in heart care through the support of board-certified cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and vascular surgeons who work with Kaweah Health's dedicated heart team. This team is made up of physicians, perfusionists (highly-specialized health professionals qualified to take care of your heart and lungs), and registered nurses specially trained to care for critical care patients. Together, we work as a team to provide patients with integrated and scientific-based medicine - all the specialized care and support you need for heart care right here in Visalia. Patients are provided 24-hour care both before and after surgery.

Our Cardiology Team

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 sub specialists. We believe in giving each patient the attentive, leading-edge cardiology care they need in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Our Providers

Our Cardiothoracic Team

Nationally recognized for excellence in heart surgery - Drs. Leheb Araim and Gonzalo Javier Carrizo work together to provide comprehensive cardiac and thoracic (chest and lung) surgery at Kaweah Health Medical Center. Through this partnership, patients from throughout the Central Valley are able to receive high-quality surgical care with their very personal touch.

Our Providers

Our Endovascular Team

At South Valley Vascular, our mission is to provide the highest quality vascular care and 5-star surgical care to the communities of the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Click HERE to visit website.

Our Providers

Physicians are independent contractors and are not employees or agents of Kaweah Health.

Heart Services

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.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - 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.

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