Based on a comprehensive exam and testing, we develop an appropriate treatment
plan for each patient. If there’s a need for heart surgery, we work
closely with OHSU’s cardiothoracic surgical team. Common treatments include:
The use of lifestyle approaches combined with pharmaceuticals to reduce
the risk of heart disease or a coronary event.
We implant pacemakers and exchange batteries on pacemakers in our clinic.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
ICD implantation has been available in the Gorge since 2015, when electrophysiologist
Dr. Bassel Beitinjaneh joined MCMC Cardiology. An ICD is a battery-powered
device placed under the skin that keeps track of a patient’s heart
rate. Thin wires connect the ICD to the heart. If an abnormal heart rhythm
is detected the device will deliver an electric shock to restore a normal
heartbeat if the heart is beating chaotically and much too fast.
ICDs have been very useful in preventing sudden death in patients with
known, sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Studies have
shown that they may have a role in preventing cardiac arrest in high-risk
patients who haven’t had, but are at risk for, life-threatening
An essential part of follow-up treatment for patients who have experienced
a heart-related event,
cardiac rehabilitation involves a three-phase process. Phase I begins while you are a patient
in the hospital, where you will be given information that will help you
understand the benefits of, and help you begin to live, a heart-healthy
lifestyle. Phase 2 occurs in the outpatient setting where you and a team
of experts will help you exercise safely, learn about a heart-healthy
diet, manage symptoms of cardiac disease, set goals to regain a healthy
lifestyle and reduce stress. During phase 3, you will be ready to continue
your heart-healthy lifestyle independently.
A healthy heart begins with many of the choices we make in our everyday
lives. And while some risk factors for heart disease, like family history,
can’t be changed, you have the power to affect many others.
Numerous studies along with first-hand results in our own practice show
that exercise and diet can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease
or an adverse heart event. By eating right, moving more, reducing stress,
avoiding tobacco and maintaining a healthy weight, you can help control
many of the leading causes of heart disease.
We encourage patients to set realistic goals and work toward them one step
at a time. Our clinic and the health and wellness facility at Water’s
Edge offer many resources and hands-on training for patients to help them
move toward optimal heart health.