Heart Center

Diagnostic Cardiology

The Heart - A Muscle That Never Rests

The heart is a unique organ consisting of mostly muscle -- but unlike other muscles, it can never rest. From before our birth to the end of life, it beats, pumping blood around our bodies and delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. It also pumps blood to itself, passing through small arteries to nourish the heart's own muscle. When that blood flow is stopped, even for just a few minutes, a heart attack begins and the heart muscle begins to die. In a very real sense -- time is muscle. And a strong heart depends on every part of the muscle working.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center, through its state-of-the-art facility and highly trained physicians, helps to keep the beat strong. Both paramedics and our Emergency Room play vital roles in getting care started quickly. Within minutes of a heart attack starting, a patient can be receiving treatment at the hospital. The blood vessels can be opened and blood flow restored or if necessary, a bypass operation performed to bring more blood to the heart.

This is only possible if the hospital is close to the patient. We are fortunate to have a hospital capable of providing this sophisticated and complex care in our community. Many cities of our size do not. Through the generosity of our local community and the support of the hospital and physicians, this important care is available to everyone in Napa within minutes.

Non-Invasive Diagnostic Procedures:

  • Echocardiography (EKG)
  • Signal Average EKG
  • Holter Monitor
  • Pacemaker Checks
  • Treadmill Stress Testing
  • Stress Testing with Nuclear Imaging or Echocardiography Imaging

Invasive Diagnostic Procedures:

  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac Catheterization

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