Expert cardiac care in San Jose, California

Ngai X Nguyen, MD

Ngai X Nguyen, MD
Medical Director

Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers advanced cardiac care for people with heart conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrhythmia.

If you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. For more information about our cardiac services, or to schedule an appointment, please call (408) 259-5000.

Our cardiovascular expertise has earned Regional Medical Center national awards and professional accreditations. Healthgrades — a national healthcare ratings organization—ranked us in America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for 2015-2017 and awarded us with the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award 2015-2016.

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Certification: Meets Standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center

At the heart of our cardiac care program in San Jose, California is a talented team of highly-skilled cardiologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurses and support staff. Many of our specialists are also fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi and/or Chinese.

Cardiovascular services in San Jose, California

Regional Medical Center offers a full range of cardiovascular services, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic services
  • Cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm services)
  • Advanced heart imaging technology
  • Cardiac procedures and surgeries
  • Vascular procedures and therapies
  • Neurointerventional radiology procedures
  • Cardiac assist devices
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Cardiac electrophysiology lab

The cardiac electrophysiology department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose specializes in diagnosing and treating abnormal heartbeats, known as arrhythmias. These irregularities can cause life-threatening consequences with increased risk of stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases.

An electrophysiology study is a test where the electrode wires are passed through a blood vessel and into your heart. This electrode can record or create electrical activity. This can help find any problems with the flow of electricity in your heart.

Heart conditions we diagnose and treat include:

  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular dyssynchrony
  • Complete heart block

Cardiovascular procedures

Our heart specialists in San Jose, California perform a variety of cardiac procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Cardiac catheterization: Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose and treat arterial blockages in the heart.
  • Cardiac stenting: Cardiac stenting/angioplasty repairs blockages in the heart’s arteries.
  • Cardiac ablation: Cardiac catheter ablation treats irregular heart rhythms.
  • Cardiac assist device implantation: Cardiac assist devices, such as rhythm devices, pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators, are implanted under the skin to improve heart function.

Featured cardiac technology

Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers cardiac patients access to some of the most advanced cardiovascular technology, such as:

  • CARDIOHELP system: The CARDIOHELP system is the smallest portable heart-lung support system that provides oxygen supply.
  • CardioMEMS: Regional was the first hospital in San Jose to acquire CardioMEMS, an implanted device that provides notice of potential heart failure up to a week before a patients experience symptoms.
  • AngioVac: Regional was also the first hospital in the San Jose area to offer AngioVac, a minimally invasive procedure with a suction and filtering system to vacuum large blood clots from the body.
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): We are one of a only few U.S. hospitals to provide ECMO services to adult patients. ECMO is a portable heart-lung support system designed to save the lives of patients whose heart and/or lungs are failing and are in need cardiac and/or pulmonary support.

Heart attack warning signs

Signs of a heart attack may vary among men and women. Below are general heart attack symptoms:

  • Chest discomfort: This may feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath: This often occurs with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: You may also experience a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

If you or someone else begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more other heart attack symptoms, call 911 right away. Don't wait more than a few minutes to call 911. Never drive yourself to the ER during a medical emergency, unless you have no other choice.