Kanbar Cardiac Center
The Kanbar Center offers advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose heart disease, treat people with irregular heartbeats and open blocked vessels or arteries. Our nationally known physicians and surgeons are committed to providing excellent personalized care in contemporary facilities.
Outpatient Diagnostic Non-invasive Services:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG): This simple test records the electrical activity of the heart. Patches with wires attached are placed on a person’s chest, arms, and legs. The wires are connected to a monitor that can record abnormal findings with the heart’s electrical impulses. The test usually takes just a few minutes.
- Echocardiography: A wand-like device called a transducer is placed on the chest. Sound waves are bounced off the heart and produce a video image of the heart in motion. This provides a moving picture of the heart structure and its pumping ability.
- Holter Monitors: This test uses patches placed on the chest with wires that are connected to a portable monitor. It records the heart’s electrical activity continuously for 1 to 2 days during normal daily activities. When a person experiences a symptom, he or she can push a button and the device will record the heart’s rhythm at that time.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG): Patches with thin wires attached are placed on the scalp in a painless procedure to measure the electrical activity of the brain. The test checks for irregularities in the brain wave activity that might contribute to seizures.
- Event Monitors/Records: A portable device, this recorder is worn continuously on the wrist or waist from several days up to 1 month. When a person experiences a symptom, he or she can push a button and the device will record the heart’s electrical activity at that time.
- Stress Testing: When a person exercises, the heart has to beat harder and faster to provide enough oxygen throughout the body. Some heart conditions are easier to diagnose during exercise. For a stress test, a person walks or runs on a treadmill while the heart activity is monitored for abnormal heart rhythms.
- 2D/M-Mode and 3D/M-Mode cardiac ultrasound assesses pediatric and adult patients - SONOS 7500 Ultrasound & SONOS 5500 Ultrasound
- Tilt Table: This procedure recreates the conditions that may cause fainting. As you lie on a table, it tilts by varying degrees while a machine measures your blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm to see how they react to changes in your body position. This test generally takes about 2 hours.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
The Kanbar features one Electrophysiology Laboratory for treating patients with irregular heartbeats through Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD).
An Electrophysiology (EP) Study is a procedure which reproduces abnormal heart rhythms and extra heartbeats to interpret the heart’s electrical impulses and responses to the heartbeats. To get a reading, very thin tubes, or catheters, are threaded into the heart during a procedure that lasts about 2 hours.
Insertable Cardiac Monitor: If a person’s symptoms are infrequent or unpredictable, this small device can monitor heart rhythms for up to 3 years without patches or wires. The monitor is inserted under the skin in a simple outpatient procedure and records the heart’s activity automatically or by using a patient activator. Results can be sent remotely to the doctor’s office or reviewed during an in-office visit. This is one of the newest diagnostic options available.
An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) may help your doctor confirm or rule out an abnormal heart rhythm as the cause of your fainting. If your fainting is heart related, treatment options may include a lifestyle change, medication, an implantable pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, or an ablation procedure. Your doctor may be able to decide the best treatment based on your condition.
Once the cardiac monitor is inserted in your upper chest area, it is programmed to continuously monitor your heart’s activity in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG). If you experience a symptom such as fainting or uncomfortable heart sensations, you or a family member should immediately place a small hand-held activator over the cardiac monitor and press a button. This triggers the device to record the heart’s rhythms as you feel the symptoms. This may help your doctor to determine the cause of your heart-related symptoms.
Specialized Pre- and Post-Treatment Equipment:
- Renaissance Gurneys
- Calysto Patient Care Monitors/ Documentation Systems
- M Series Biphasic Pacemaker/ Defibrillator
- Responder Nurse Call System
- Automated Medication Distribution System
- Blanket/ Fluid Warmer
- Roller Stands for Witt Pt. Care/ Documentation Systems
California Pacific's Heart and Vascular Center
California Pacific's Heart and Vascular Center is supported by one of the best heart hospital/center networks in the USA, offering quality, comprehensive patient-centered cardiovascular care by a team of top heart surgeons and physicians with leading-edge technology. Serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Marin County, as well as the entire Northern California region, our team has many of the best cardiovascular surgeons and physicians in California and the United States.