Heart Care

Cardiac care at Scripps in San Diego

Scripps Health offers expert heart care in San Diego

Cardiac care at Scripps in San Diego

Scripps cardiologists are San Diego’s top choice for heart care, seeing more patients than any other health care system. They serve patients with heart conditions including coronary artery disease, abnormal rhythms (arrhythmia), valve problems, congestive heart failure and more.

Our cardiologists provide first-line cardiac care and collaborate with other Scripps heart specialists to leverage medical expertise and technologies across the Scripps Health system. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente cardiologists have partnered with Scripps cardiovascular surgeons for more than 30 years to care for Kaiser Permanente heart patients. Learn more about how this collaboration has contributed to the program’s high-quality care, superior patient outcomes and national recognition.

Bertha "B" Verde

Bertha "B" Verde

Though we care for thousands of cardiac patients during a year, each patient's story is unique, like Bertha "B" Verde, who had a heart attack at 54. Hear from a few of our patients who chose Scripps for their heart care and now are on the road to recovery.

Philippe May

Philippe May

World-class athlete Philippe May travels internationally to receive heart care at Scripps. Now he's back competing after being sidelined by a previously undiscovered heart condition. Learn about patients like Philippe who turn to Scripps for their heart care.

Heart care resources

Scripps Health in San Diego offers resources to help patients and families face heart disease.

Heart care resources

Why choose Scripps

Why choose Scripps

U.S. News & World Report ranked Scripps the best in San Diego for cardiology and heart surgery. Learn more about the recognition and the many reasons we are San Diego’s heart care leader.

Top cardiologists across San Diego

Scripps cardiologists diagnose, treat and coordinate patient care with physicians and surgeons who specialize in all types of cardiac conditions and underlying health challenges related to the heart.

Scripps cardiologists also serve as a heart health coach, helping patients manage, reduce or eliminate risk factors for heart disease such as hypertension and cholesterol. Cardiologists play a vital role in evaluating patients, prescribing medications and working hand-in-hand with heart specialists who are part of an overall treatment plan that can include digital imaging, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is the West Coast’s largest center for cardiovascular medicine, research and training, helping to shape heart care around the world. Take a photo tour of the state-of-the-art cardiac center in La Jolla.

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Welcome to the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

Click through the slides to see what to expect during your visit.

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Modern Architecture

Located at Scripps Memorial La Jolla, the lobby has a modern, open look.

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Design and Windows

The curve helps us get to patients quicker. Large windows let it natural light.

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Convenient Cafe

Located on the ground floor, the cafe offers a healthy, diverse menu.

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Main Lobby Lounge

Families and visitors can relax and wait in the comfortable lounge.

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Standard Patient Rooms

All 108 single-patient rooms have a private bathroom and pull-out couch.

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Family Waiting Areas

Your family will have access to quiet, comfortable spaces during your stay.

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ICU Nurses Station

A dedicated nurse's station is outside of every two ICU rooms.

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ICU Patient Rooms

We have 59 ICU rooms on two floors, with a nurse just 60 feet away.

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Surgical Waiting Room

Family can wait in our large waiting room during your surgery.

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Cardiac Catheterization Lab

We have three high-tech cath labs, with space to add three more.

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Operating Rooms

Four state-of-the-art ORs feature the most advanced surgical technology.

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Hybrid Operating Rooms

Two hybrid ORs are designed for patients who need both surgery and cath lab.

San Diego's leader in heart care

At Scripps, we offer a comprehensive heart care program maintained by renowned cardiology experts who use advanced technology and landmark research to treat some of the most complex heart cases.

It is because of this that Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital were recognized as the best in San Diego for heart care and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Scripps was listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs" in 2013.

The cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Scripps:

  • Treat more heart care patients in San Diego than any other health care system
  • Offer exceptional quality care, often exceeding state averages in delivering evidence-based interventions
  • Provide care at more locations across San Diego including four STEMI receiving center emergency rooms and multiple urgent care centers that can recognize even the smallest symptoms of a heart attack
  • Use innovative research for the improvement of heart care including leading-edge studies for valve replacement and genomic testing for cholesterol-reducing drugs
  • Offer advanced treatment options including robotic-assisted surgery
  • Offer women with heart disease support and resources through the national WomenHeart program
  • Are backed by a legacy of exceptional health care in San Diego dating back over 90 years

Read more about our exceptional heart care in the Scripps Cardiovascular Care Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 3.9 MB).

Understanding cardiology and heart disease

Scripps physicians care for your heart through a patient-centered approach that combines medical expertise with teamwork across cardiovascular specialties.

For patients and their families, heart care initially can seem daunting to understand various heart conditions, tests and procedures with a language of their own. To help, we’ve prepared a reference guide of cardiology basics.

Becoming familiar with common terms and heart physician specialties can give you a head start to greater understanding. That’s because at Scripps, our cardiology services teams have one goal: help you get better.

Scripps is the heart of San Diego heart care.