Cardiovascular Care

The internationally renowned San Francisco Heart & Vascular Institute at Seton Medical Center has pioneered advances in cardiovascular care for decades. Patients with heart disease are offered the full spectrum of advanced diagnostic and treatment services, including minimally invasive interventions and a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program that quickly returns patients to an active lifestyle.

San Francisco Heart & Vascular Institute
Seton Medical Center – First Floor
(650) 991-6712
Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm

It’s more than your heart . . . it’s your life. The renowned team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons within the San Francisco Heart & Vascular Institute is recognized for advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases and for management of high-risk patients. The team has treated patients from more than 45 countries around the world as well as patients locally and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Treatment options range from medication regimens and pacemaker implantation to advanced heart surgeries and procedures.

Diagnostic Services & Vascular Laboratory
Seton Medical Center – First Floor
Services: (650) 991-6681
Laboratory: (650) 991-6037
Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm

Comprehensive diagnosis of heart and vascular disease is conducted with state-of-the-art echocardiography equipment at Seton Medical Center (echocardiography is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to show the size and shape of the heart, how well the chambers and valves are working and how well blood is flowing to those areas).

Additional testing and treatment is performed in a dedicated electrophysiology, vascular and endovascular laboratory, including procedures to evaluate and detect blood clots in the arteries and veins and to use mapping and ablation technologies to diagnose and treat abnormal electrical activities in the heart.

Catheterization Laboratories
Seton Medical Center – Ground Floor
(650) 991-6427
Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm

Seton Medical Center’s three state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories use digital imaging systems to diagnose and treat clogged arteries and other life-threatening conditions. In addition, advanced equipment is used to create a 3-D image of the heart to accurately treat abnormal electrical activities. Testing and treatment procedures performed in these labs include angiography, balloon angioplasty, rotational atherectomy, stenting, and ultrasound therapies.

Surgical Services
Seton Medical Center – First Floor
(650) 991-6511
Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm

When surgery is necessary, Seton’s skilled cardiovascular surgeons are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for patients requiring heart bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery, coronary endarterectomy, or transmyocardial laser revascularization.

Coronary Care Unit
Seton Medical Center – Ground Floor
(650) 991-6688

Staffed by specially trained and certified nursing professionals, the hospital’s 14-bed Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is especially designed with advanced monitoring and testing equipment for the care of patients following a heart attack, major cardiac surgery, or interventional cardiology procedures.

Outpatient Infusion Center
1850 Sullivan Ave., Suite 400, Daly City
(650) 991-6401
Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm

Located within the Outpatient Surgery Center, the Infusion Center provides comprehensive care for heart patients requiring intravenous treatment, such as inotropic infusion for individuals with congestive heart failure. The Center’s specially trained nurses are dedicated to treating patients holistically, addressing each person’s physiological, psychological and emotional needs in a caring environment.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Seton Medical Center – Lower Level
(650) 991-6750

The nationally certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Seton is designed to restore cardiac patients to optimal function for activities of daily living, recreation and employment. The program focuses on individuals with a history of angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), stent, angioplasty or heart surgery.

The program provides:

  • a comprehensive, individualized assessment
  • monitored and supervised exercise training
  • education in cardiac risk factors and stress management
  • nutrition and medication counseling
  • individual and group support

The early outpatient program (Phase II) encompasses telemetry EKG monitoring, blood pressure and symptom monitoring, and incremental increases in exercise levels. The long-term cardiac fitness program (Phase III) is designed to improve cardiac fitness, continued structured exercise, and support to maintain motivation and adherence to lifestyle changes and risk factor modification habits.

Visit the Physician Search for board-certified cardiovascular specialists at Seton Medical Center who focus on cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac and vascular surgery.

Education & Support

Educational classes, wellness programs and support groups are available to patients with heart disease and their families. For information, times, dates and location visit:

Some Seton Firsts
  • First center in the world to perform balloon angioplasty in multiple coronary arteries (following pioneering work in the early development of coronary balloon angioplasty)
  • First in the Bay Area to use the rotablator (high-speed device for pulverizing calcified plaque deposits in coronary arteries)
  • First nationally to use laser technology to treat disease in the peripheral and coronary arteries
  • First in the Bay Area to use cardiopulmonary support during complex coronary angioplasty procedures (to treat left main coronary artery disease)
  • First worldwide to use current laser technology to revive transmyocardial revascularization (for restoring blood circulation to parts of the heart that cannot be treated with conventional surgery)
  • First in the Bay Area to use radiation angioplasty, or brachytherapy (to slow cell growth in the artery)

Seton physicians have also participated in clinical trials to evaluate several new drug therapies (including monoclonal antibodies, anticoagulants, ACE inhibitors and thrombolytic agents) and devices (including rotablator, brachytherapy and drug-coated stents), and have led in advancements in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, stented grafts (to treat aortic aneurysms), and drugs that inhibit the formation of blood clots.