Caring for your heart
Knowledge is power.
The American Heart Association estimates one in three people will suffer from cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. At Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital your comprehensive cardiac care starts with us. Our fully qualified staff of physicians, nurses and specialists offers you a complete spectrum of knowledge to care for your heart. Our excellence in cardiac care includes advanced digital imaging, non-invasive diagnostics, a complete rehabilitation center and Heart Smart classes as part of your recovery to wellness. Our hospital also has one of the few nationally accredited Echocardiogram Labs and is proudly affiliated with the Mercy Heart Institute in Sacramento. It’s our wide range of expertise and resources that offers you the best cardiac care services available in Nevada County.
Non-invasive 3-D imagery is innovative technology and is available at here with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's 64-slice CT Scanner. Through an IV, contrast is injected into the patient so physicians can see clearly whether arterial blockages exist and assess buildups of plaque or calcium. Through its rapid images, the scanner produces a 3-D angiogram – all without catheterization – making the process safer, more comfortable and quicker for patients.
We also provide more traditional diagnostic testing (EKG, stress, nuclear medicine), all designed to help doctors diagnose cardiac conditions so effective treatment can be planned.
Knowledge is power
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive approach to help you achieve an active, healthy lifestyle and optimize your cardiac health. Whether you have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, or other cardiac interventional procedure, you can anticipate safely returning to your former activity level with the guidance of our Cardiac Rehab team.
We are pleased to announce that in September the Cardiac Rehab program received a three-year certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This designation means our program is among the few that meets or exceeds national standards of care for Cardiac Rehab programs.
For patients in need of inpatient rehabilitation after a cardiovascular event, Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento offers an Acute Rehabilitation program to help them develop the skills needed to return to a life of independence.
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac Rehabilitation teaches you how to be more physically active and make effective lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. Through individualized monitored exercise, wide-ranging education topics and the practice of mindful relaxation, our Cardiac Rehab team will help you safely reach your own personal goals and regain a full and active lifestyle. Physician referral is required.
Who makes up the Cardiac Rehabilitation team?
Cardiologist John Mallery, MD, is the program’s medical director. Our team is also comprised of Registered Nurses, Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Technicians and a Registered Dietitian. We design an individualized program for you, based on your health history, goals and abilities.
What is the Heart Smart series?
Heart Smart is a series of educational classes on topics including:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
- Cardiac Medications
- Cardiac Risk Factors
- Heart Healthy Nutrition
- Balancing Stress and Relaxation
- Exercising for Strength and Fitness
Our lectures include a question and answer period offering participants an opportunity to have specific concerns addressed by a health care profe ssional. These classes are free to all enrolled in Cardiac Rehab and are offered to the public for a small fee. For more information please call 530-274-6103.
Heart Wellness Screening
One in three people will suffer from cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease, you may be at risk for a heart attack. To help you understand your risk for coronary artery disease, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Center offeres a Heart Wellness Screening for a low $189.
To schedule your Heart Wellness Screening, call (530) 274-6262.
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