Prefontaine Cardiovascular Outpatient Clinic
The Outpatient Clinic is the medical home for our cardiac patients, and much work has been done in recent years to expand the clinic, not only in space but in support staff as well. It is located on the first floor near the main Bay Area Hospital entrance for easy access.
The Outpatient Clinic:
- has more than 3,200 active patients
- receives 10 new referrals each day
- has plans in place to add cardiopulmonary stress testing and genetic testing in the near future
If your heart rhythm is abnormally slow or irregular, a pacemaker may help. The cardiac care team at Bay Area Hospital can install a pacemaker with a minimally invasive procedure.
Offering easier access for patients with devices that need monitoring, the Device Clinic is located in the Outpatient Clinic on the first floor of the hospital.
What to Expect:
Working in the sterile environment of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, your physician threads the wires through a vein to your heart. The procedure is usually painless and lasts about two hours.
You will be awake, but you’ll be given sedatives to help you relax. Afterward, our staff will monitor you closely while you recover in our Intermediate Care Unit. Patients generally can go home the next day. You’ll be able to return to most of your usual activities within a few days to a week.
Your pacemaker will be a permanent device, helping regulate your heart for many years to come.