“Today, UW Medicine Regional Heart Center continues to be at the forefront in cardiology services,” says Dr. Dean, now the Center’s director.
The reason: The UW Medicine physicians’ commitment to the Center’s three missions: patient care, research and teaching, says Dr. Dean.
“First of all, we have a dedicated care team that is committed to work on our patients’ behalf,” says Dr. Dean. “But because we are also teachers and researchers, we have a broader knowledge base and are experts in our subject areas. It’s the research and teaching that distinguishes us from other programs.”
The breadth of staff’s expertise also assures that patients have access to the full-range of cardiology services “24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Dr. Dean says.
“We provide patients with everything from routine screenings, to treatment for the most complex heart conditions, to the rehabilitation and physical therapy services patients need to speed their recovery,” says Dr. Dean. “Having this breadth of expertise in one program offers our patients not only access to the full-range of services but also greater convenience.”
The Center’s multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other highly trained clinicians is internationally recognized for its expertise in treating:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation
- Heart failure
- Adult congenital heart disease
Among some of the services the Center’s team provides:
UW Medicine Regional Heart Center is the leading heart transplant program in Washington state, performing up to 25 transplants a year. In addition, the Center is the only program in the state that can provide the artificial heart devices that can support patients with failing hearts so they can “bridge the gap” and leave the hospital while they wait for a donor heart to become available.
Percutaneous aortic valve replacement
In the past, faulty aortic heart valves had to be replaced through open heart surgery. The Regional Heart Center’s respected interventional cardiology team now routinely performs the same procedure by threading the replacement valve through a small incision into a blood vessel and then to the heart. This technique makes it possible to replace valves in patients who might be too frail to undergo open-heart surgery.
Subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICDs)
In 2012, UW Medical Center
was the first in the Pacific Northwest to use subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillators to treat heart rhythm disorders. This device is easier to implant and safer, since it employs “leadless” technology. To learn more about this device and how patients benefit, read When the Heart Skips a Beat: Arrhythmias
Adult congenital heart disease
Due to advances in surgery, many children born with congenital heart disease are now surviving to adulthood. But often these adults need additional care as they grow older. UW Medicine Regional Heart Center has a dedicated team specializing in the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease, including additional surgery, if required.
The Regional Heart Center works in collaboration with Seattle Children’s to identify patients in need of this highly specialized care. An estimated 20,000 adult congenital heart disease patients live in the Northwest. “These patients need a cardiologist who understands this type of heart disease and how it evolves as people age,” Dr. Dean says. “They need to be able to interpret complex imaging and how prior surgeries may impact the type of care that is needed today.”
Take control of your heart health and schedule an appointment for a routine physical by calling 855.520.5151. Or, fill out an online form to request an appointment with experts at the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center.