Highland Hospital offers innovative and comprehensive cardiology programs. We recognize cardiovascular disease affects millions of people. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, surpassing the next seven causes of death combined, including cancer. Yet, the vast majority of heart problems can be effectively treated once they are recognized. Therefore, in addition to providing state-of-the-art treatment, we place equal importance on educating our patients and their families.
Our comprehensive approach includes evaluation, treatment and follow-up of patients with all types of cardiac conditions, noninvasive diagnostic testing, cardiac catheterization and coronary stenting, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and, when needed, referral of patients for open-heart surgery or advanced procedures to correct the heart rhythm.
Our specialists are among the best in the area: four board-certified cardiologists and one cardiac physician assistant with combined expertise in clinical, non-invasive and interventional cardiology and cardiac arrhythmias. We continually measure outcomes and the Joint Commission has recognized Highland Hospital as a national and statewide "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures" for heart attack and heart failure care.
Our cardiovascular program is the first in Alameda County to earn a STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) designation in the past 10 years. The STEMI receiving center designation identifies hospitals with special expertise in emergency treatment of heart attacks and helps paramedics determine where to bring patients with chest pain. Only a quarter of U.S. hospitals are able to provide advanced care for heart attack patients. Our hospital is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cardiac catheterization and coronary stenting, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT Scans.
The Echocardiography Lab received the IAC accreditation following a rigorous review by a panel of experts. IAC accreditation is conducted through a comprehensive application process that includes detailed case studies. Participating organizations voluntarily submit to a review of their daily operations, and must revise protocols and validate quality assurance programs to meet the accreditation guidelines.
We care for patients with a wide variety of cardiac conditions, including
- Coronary artery disease (blocked arteries causing chest pain, shortness of breath or heart attack)
- Heart failure (a weakened or stiff heart muscle causing shortness of breath, swelling or fatigue)
- Heart valve problems
- Heart rhythm problems
- Congenital heart disease
We dedicate our efforts to caring for our patients and their hearts. That is why we joined Alameda Health System. We strive to listen, and to provide outstanding care with respect and compassion.