We are dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve with quality and compassion. To continue this promise and help meet the future needs of our patients, John Muir Health’s Cardiovascular Medical Group added 10 local cardiologists, effective January 1, 2023.
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Meet the whole John Muir Health Cardiovascular Medical Group
Recognized as a premier provider of cardiovascular care in the San Francisco Bay Area, we offer a full spectrum of cardiovascular services that span both our Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers, with physicians located throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Our superior cardiovascular programs and expert medical staff have earned numerous awards, demonstrating our commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart disease. Both our Concord and Walnut Creek Medical Centers are designated as Contra Costa County STEMI Receiving Centers for severe heart attack patients.
To continue to provide patients with high-quality patient care and safety, we expanded our Concord Medical Center in 2010. The Hofmann Family Patient Care Tower houses 61 private cardiovascular patient rooms, a centralized Cardiovascuar Institute and an expanded emergency room. The Cardiovascular Institute also features five catheterization labs, 12 preoperative and recovery beds, four preoperative and recovery lounge chairs, a dedicated 12-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, and 49 monitored telemetry beds.
For more information about our cardiovascular services, please call (925) 674-2233.
We are the first health system in Northern California to offer robotic-assisted angioplasty for opening blocked arteries in the heart and restoring blood flow.
This procedure combines the benefits of coronary angioplasty with the precision of robotics. In a robotic-assisted angioplasty procedure, live x-rays are used to help the interventional cardiologist track the position of guide wires and catheters in relation to the blockage in the heart. The robotic system allows the cardiologist to move a balloon to open the artery and place a stent, a millimeter at a time. The robot guides placement of instruments so precisely that less radiation is often needed, and sizing and placement of stents is improved.
Our hybrid Atrial Fibrillation (AF) program is a newer development which combines minimally-invasive epicardial radiofrequency ablation (ablation on the outside of the heart) with endocardial cryoablation, done directly within the heart’s chambers. This is used for patients who experience persistent AF following multiple previous ablations, or when the left atrium is severely enlarged. We feel this procedure is the most painless for our patients, with the shortest postoperative length of stay, and we are seeing a high success rate with our process.
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair, or TMVR is the only approved alternative to Mitral Regurgitation (MR) surgery. It is a less-invasive treatment option for elderly patients, those with comorbidities, and other at-risk populations who are not candidates for open heart surgery. This non-invasive procedure has been shown to reduce MR, improve symptoms and reduce the number of recurrent hospitalizations for heart failure
During the procedure, a catheter containing the MitraClip® device is inserted via the femoral vein guide and guided through the venous system to the heart where it the MitraClip is positioned at the mitral valve. The MitraClip is opened up so that it grabs both mitral valve leaflets and eliminates regurgitation.
Atrial fibrillation, the leading cause of stroke, is a condition where the upper chambers of your heart (atria) beat too fast and irregularly. This causes blood to pool and can form clots in part of your heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA). If a blood clot forms, it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
Drugs can cut the risk of blood clots that could lead to stroke in AFib. While warfarin is effective for many patients, long-term use is not well tolerated by some, due to a variety of reasons (i.e., risk of bleeding, food limits, or frequent blood draws).
The WATCHMAN device is a new alternative to blood-thinning drugs in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is placed inside the LAA of your heart to permanently close off this small pouch and keep harmful blood clots from entering your bloodstream. After the procedure, most patients are able to stop taking blood-thinning drugs.
For patients who are not able to have traditional open-heart surgery, a new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is now available as a treatment option. Concord Medical Center is one of the original three hospitals in the Bay Area and less than 430 nationwide that is now performing TAVR procedures. In a TAVR procedure, the surgeon replaces the aortic valve in the heart using a catheter approach, thus eliminating the need for an open heart surgery. This remarkable new procedure provides the opportunity for a significant improvement in quality of life.
Helps heart patients of any age recover, resume normal activities, and reduce the chance of further heart problems.
We bring together the finest cardiac doctors and staff to diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders and arrhythmias.
We've performed thousands of cardiac surgery procedures using the most advanced techniques.
Rapid care for patients having a heart attack can significantly increase their survival.
Heart failure is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management. Explore your treatment options.
Our experienced professionals use leading-edge imaging equipment to examine and treat your heart and arteries.
We provide inpatient and outpatient evaluations including EKGs, stress testing, and echocardiograms.
John Muir Health Cardiologist, Dr. Andrew Dublin discusses the importance of seeking heart care without delay when symptoms are present.
Heart Disease Prevention
Dr. Richard Chang, interventional cardiologist at John Muir Health, shares his perspective about how to prevent heart disease - a question he hears often from his patients.
Symptoms of Heart Disease
Dr. Perkin Shiu, Co-Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology, discusses symptoms of heart disease which should not be ignored. Watch this video to learn more about what to look for, and if needed, how to seek immediate care from a trusted cardiologist.
Overview of the Echocardiogram
Dr. Paul McWhirter, Co-Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology, shares an overview of the echocardiogram. Watch this video to learn about what it is and why it is used so frequently.
John Muir Health cardiologist practicing in Pleasanton, Dr. Cynthia Zhang, discusses women's heart health with KTSF.
We are dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve with quality and compassion. This is demonstrated by our consistently high patient satisfaction ratings, and in the awards and accolades received from highly respected healthcare and accreditation organizations.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of Cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 12-15% of hospitals received the "3-star" rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data, the performance of our hospital in three adult cardiac procedures was found to lie in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3-star rating for:
*** Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Jan 2018 - Dec 2018
*** Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR), Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
*** Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement (MVRR), Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Our Cardiac Surgery program has been recognized among the top 5 in the state by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for consumers with comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades’ Cardiac Surgery specialty award recognizes hospitals with superior clinical outcomes in heart bypass surgery and heart valve surgery. This recognition adds to the Concord Medical Center being recognized as one of America's Top 50 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades for four straight years.
Concord and Walnut Creek Medical Centers are the recipients of the Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. The award recognizes commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that JMH has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, JMH has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.
Concord Medical Center has earned the 2021 Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center - Gold Plus Award. Mission: Lifeline Receiving Hospital recognition is designed to showcase hospitals who provide reperfusion support for STEMI’s 24 x 7. These important facilities coordinate with a network of referring hospitals and emergency medical services to provide guideline directed STEMI and NSTEMI care for their community. STEMI Receiving Centers earn Gold recognition for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality achievement indicators with 75% or higher compliance using aggregated 2017 data on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. STEMI Receiving Gold Plus- STEMI Receiving Center also achieves at least 75% adherence for the same consecutive 24 month interval(s) as the Gold award for the First Door-to-Device time <120 Minutes measure.
Walnut Creek Medical Center has earned the 2022 Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center - Gold Award.
Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers have earned the 2022 Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association® for 2 consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of ten heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.
Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers have earned the 2022 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. Walnut Creek Medical Center has also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll.
Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® for 2 consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of ten heart failure quality measures or four out of seven stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.
Hospitals achieving Time to thrombolytic therapy ≤ 60 minutes in 85% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
The California Report on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery 2019: Hospital and Surgeon Data was released by the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development. John Muir Health Concord Medical Center is the only hospital in the state performing significantly “Better” than the state average in isolated CABG mortality outcomes. This public report provides quality ratings for the 123 California-licensed hospitals performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in adults during 2018 and 2019, the most recent data published.
For the fourth straight year, Concord Medical Center was one of only 37 hospitals nationwide (less than 1%) to receive a high-performing rating in the following adult procedures and conditions -- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure. This year, Concord Medical Center was also rated as high-performing in Aortic Valve Surgery, and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).
Concord Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction Center designation signifies that our Cardiac Care Program meets nationally established Selection Criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.