Heart Care

Nationally ranked cardiology and heart surgery in San Diego

Scripps Clinic interventional cardiologist Paul Teirstein, MD, is a recognized heart care specialist.

Dr. Paul Teirstein, Interventional Cardiology, Scripps Clinic

Nationally ranked cardiology and heart surgery in San Diego

Scripps cardiologists are the region’s top choice for heart care, helping more patients than any other health care system. 


Scripps cardiologists diagnose, treat and coordinate patient care with primary care physicians and surgeons who specialize in all types of cardiovascular conditions and underlying health challenges tied to the heart and vascular system.


Conditions diagnosed and treated at Scripps include:



Scripps cardiologists also serve as heart health coaches. They help patients manage, reduce or eliminate risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente cardiologists have partnered with Scripps cardiovascular surgeons for more than 30 years to care for Kaiser Permanente heart patients.

Our approach to cardiac care at Scripps

Cardiologists play a vital role in evaluating patients, prescribing medications and working closely with heart treatment specialists and surgeons.Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Scripps:


  • Treat more heart care patients in San Diego than any other health care system
  • Exceed state averages in providing evidence-based interventions
  • Provide care at more locations across San Diego County
  • Provide care at four receiving center emergency rooms for STEMI (the most severe heart attack), as well as urgent care centers where even the smallest symptoms of a heart attack can be recognized
  • Participate in research to improve heart care, including leading-edge studies for left atrial appendage closure, valve repair and replacement, stem cells and genomic testing for cholesterol-reducing drugs
  • Offer minimally invasive treatment options and surgical options, including robot-assisted procedures
  • Offer heart care specifically for women, by women cardiologists, at the Scripps Women’s Heart Center