Shasta Regional Medical Center is proud to be the only hospital in the North State ranked as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the nation. This prestigious annual award honors hospitals that have led the way with superior performance in cardiovascular service in four key areas:
- Higher survival rates
- Lower complications
- fewer readmits to the hospital
- Shorter hospital stays
We are the only hospital in the North State to be an Accredited Chest Pain Center, but the true honor resides in providing our community with the team, knowledge and dedication to fight America’s #1 killer, heart disease.
Our Cardiac program brings together board certified Cardiologists, Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, Interventional Radiologists and others, tackling Heart and Vascular Disease. From prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, our staff is committed to combining the latest proven technology with personal care and attention to help you get better.
Cardiac diagnostic testing is a very important tool for detecting heart disease. Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab is available 24/7 and features technologically advanced equipment and therapies for blocked arteries, aneurysms, and clots, as well as procedures in treating heart rhythm disorders, implantable cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers. The Cardiac Echo Lab is staffed by certified Echo technologists and the Vascular Ultrasound Lab is staffed by registered vascular technologists. Our staff includes top cardiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons as well as highly trained cardiac care nurses and techs. Together they offer innovative treatments, advanced technology and comprehensive prevention programs – making Shasta Regional Regional the area’s premier destination for cardiovascular care.
Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of diseases affecting the heart and lungs and arteries leading to them. The vascular procedures the cardiothoracic surgeons at Shasta Regional Medical Center perform are listed below. Please note that each case is unique, and the treatments listed here are for general understanding purposes only. Your surgeon will provide details on your specific surgical needs.
Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery that treats diseases of the vascular system by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. Vascular procedures are performed in the operating room and use general anesthesia. They may be minimally-invasive, using a smaller incision, or may be an open surgery with a larger incision.
Interventional cardiology is a branch of the medical specialty of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter-based treatment of heart diseases. Interventional cardiologists may perform treatments for peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms in the cardiac catheterization lab. This is considered a type of endovascular procedure. See endovascular treatment below.
Interventional radiology is the practice of medicine in which physicians treat disease with image-guided, minimally invasive techniques. These procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation using some form of guided imaging in the cardiac catheterization lab. They are also considered endovascular procedures.
What is an endovascular procedure?
Endovascular procedures are less invasive procedures than regular surgery and are designed to access many regions of the body via major blood vessels. Basic techniques involve the introduction of a catheter percutaneously (through the skin), into a large blood vessel. Typically the blood vessel entered is femoral artery or vein found near the groin. A balloon, stent (mesh tube) or coil may be inserted through the catheter to maintain the shape of an artery that was previously losing shape or blocked. Additionally, new devices are being used that may grind through blockages in the arteries, restoring blood flow. These procedures are usually performed by an interventional cardiologist or radiologist in the cardiac catheterization lab. Good candidates for endovascular procedures may be older and have multiple health concerns.
Shasta Regional Medical Center is proud to have on staff, Dr. Doug McConnell a Board Certified Cardiac-Thoracic Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. McConnell comes from Long Beach Memorial where he was on staff from 1981- 2009. During this time he has served as Department Chairman, Vice-Chief of Staff and as Chief of Staff.
Our Cardiac Surgical Team is well-trained and experienced in all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. A broad range of cardiac surgical services is available 24 hours a day. Our cardiac surgery teams include not only experienced surgeons, but also highly trained clinical and other staff — all focused on providing excellent patient care and outcomes.
- Coronary artery bypass grafting
- Valve repair and replacement
- Aorta repair
- Thoracic procedures
- Vascular procedures
Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services
Shasta Regional Medical Center is pleased to have Cardiac Electrophysiology Services with Ram Challapalli, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Challapalli has 19 years of experience and practices in Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cardiology. A University of Texas Southwestern Medical School graduated he fulfilled his residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. and fellowships at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush Presbyterian – St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
Our Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services offer a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The complete range of services include several diagnostic monitoring techniques, including non-invasive risk stratification for arrhythmia, device implant, laser lead extraction, and catheter ablation for arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
Women's Heart Center
The goal of the Women’s Heart Center is to focus on women’s heart health issues through education, prevention information, and early diagnosis of heart disease. This program has been developed to benefit the health needs specific to women. The Women’s Heart Center offers one hour initial visit and a comprehensive Heart Risk
Assessment to include:
- Lipid Profile (includes total cholesterol, H DL, triglycerides and glucose
- Cardiac Risk Profile
- 50 minute consultation with a cardiac RN on nutrition and exercise
- 12-lead electrocardiogram
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
Call 530-244-5433 for your Comprehensive Cardiac Risk Assessment appointment. The cost is $45.