Comprehensive Services, Compassionate Care
Pulse Heart Institute gives people across the region access to some of the most sophisticated facilities and treatments available, from preventive care to emergency treatment for heart attack or ongoing care for heart disease or heart failure.
We offer heart and vascular care services at numerous locations throughout the area.
How We Help
Our full range of heart care services includes:
- Acute Care/Chest Pain Centers: If you are experiencing symptoms of heart attack, our fully accredited Chest Pain Centers, located at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Deaconess Hospital and MultiCare Valley Hospital, are designed to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat you. Learn more about emergency heart care.
- Cardiology: Cardiologists are typically the first heart specialist you’ll see if you have a heart or heart-related condition that requires evaluation and treatment. Pulse Heart Institute’s board-certified cardiologists work with you and the rest of your care team to address your current condition and ensure you receive the ongoing care you need. Read more about our cardiology services.
- Cardiothoracic Surgery: Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons offer life-saving options for patients with serious heart conditions that require surgical treatments. Learn more about cardiothoracic surgery at Pulse Heart Institute.
- Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation: After a heart attack, heart surgery or other serious illness or injury involving your heart or lungs, rehabilitation is often necessary to get you back to full health. Pulse Heart Institute’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation experts work one-on-one with patients to help ensure their best recovery possible. Read more about how our cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation can help you.
- Electrophysiology: Electrophysiology is a cardiology specialty that focuses on illness and conditions that affect the heart’s rhythm. Board-certified electrophysiologists identify and treat heart rhythm conditions using sophisticated technologies and a minimally invasive approach. Learn more about electrophysiology at Pulse Heart Institute.
- Quick Clinics: Our Quick Clinics connect you to a cardiologist within 72 hours of a visit to the Emergency Department for a non-life-threatening heart condition. Find out more about how our Quick Clinics work.
- Vascular Surgery: Our vascular surgery team includes board-certified surgeons who provide the latest treatments for diseases that affect the peripheral vascular system — the arteries and veins outside the immediate area of the heart and lungs. They also provide treatment for varicose veins. Learn more about our vascular surgery care.
Our services are coordinated through our Patient Centers, to offer patients a more seamless care experience and easier access to the specialists and treatments they need.
Services We Provide
Coronary Bypass Surgery (CABG): When the arteries that supply the heart are severely blocked, bypass surgery is often the best option. Sections of a vein, usually taken from the patient's leg, are grafted onto the blocked vessels to restore full blood flow to the heart.
Cryoablation: Cryoablation technology is a treatment option for drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients. It utilizes extreme cold to scar the heart tissues that is causing the irregular heart rhythm.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): ECMO is a treatment that uses a pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream of a patient, providing heart-lung bypass support outside of the patient's body.
Micra Pacemakers: The world's smallest pacemaker, a one-piece device, is used to control heart rate for patients with bradycardia, a slow or irregular heart rhythm. The Micra Pacemaker is 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers.
MitraClip: MitraClip is a less invasive treatment option for patients who suffer from mitral regurgitation, but who do not qualify for mitral valve surgery. Unlike open heart surgery, the MitraClip procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, access is gained to the mitral valve with a catheter that is guided through a vein in the leg to reach the heart.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): PCI requires cardiac catheterization, which is the insertion of a catheter tube and injection of contrast dye into the patient's coronary arteries. PCI is used to open coronary arteries that are narrowed or blocked by the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque, and may be used to relieve symptoms of coronary heart disease or to reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: TAVR is a procedure that inserts a new valve inside the diseased aortic valve, and does not require the chest to be opened. Instead, a balloon-expandable aortic heart valve is inserted into the body using a catheter that travels through an incision in the patient's leg or chest.
TransCarotid Artery Revascularization: TCAR is an innovative treatment for patients at risk for stroke from carotid artery stenosis. During the TCAR procedure, the carotid artery is acccessed via a small incision in above the collar bone. Blood flow is reversed away from the brain, is filtered, and returned through a second sheath placed in the femoral vein in the patient’s thigh, allowing balloon angioplasty and stenting to be performed while blood flow is reversed away from the brain to protect against fragments of plaque that may come loose during the procedure.
Valve Surgery: Damaged valves within the heart can impair its ability to pump blood. Damaged heart valves can be fixed surgically, or if necessary, replaced with new valves made of animal tissue or synthetic materials.
Ventricular Assist Device implantation: Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) are mechanical pumps designed to take over the function of the heart, and are utilized when the heart is too weak to pump blood sufficiently in the critically ill patient. Historically they have been used as a short-term treatment, but in recent years, programs have developed to allow them to be used as a “destination,” or long-term, treatment. Pulse Heart Institute’s VAD program is the only non-transplant center west of the Mississippi that can offer destination VAD therapy.
Watchman: The Watchman implant is a permanent device that offers an alternative to lifelong blood thinner use, and that can reduce patients' risk of stroke as effectively as warfarin. It is inserted via a small incision in the patient's leg and is designed to permanently block off the LAA so clots cannot escape.
Schedule an Appointment
The first step in addressing your heart concerns is to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists. They have the expertise you need to evaluate, diagnose and recommend the right treatment for you.
To schedule an appointment, or refer a patient, please call our referral line at 253-572-7320 (Puget Sound Region) or 509-755-5500 (Inland Northwest Region).