Norman's Journey

His triple bypass was just the beginning

When it comes to matters of the heart, everyone's experience is different. Some stroll into the Emergency Department with "a little indigestion" and shortness of breath, while others are rushed in on a gurney suffering cardiac arrest.

In some cases, a simple stress test can start the journey, which could lead to an interventional procedure or open heart surgery. Response and treatments are as diverse as the patients themselves.
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Caring at critical moments in the ICU

Jamie ChohonThe first hours after a cardiac event are a critical time in a patient's path to recovery, and especially so during the first 24 hours following cardiac surgery. Helping to shepherd patients along at this time is Jamie Chohon, acute care nurse practitioner.

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When Muscle Matters

NorthBay Cardiac Rehabilitation is a nationally certified program located inside NorthBay Medical Center. The staff works directly with the cardiology team to provide care for patients once they are discharged from the hospital. Patients entering the cardiac rehabilitation program are ready to learn and put into practice the tools they'll need to live successfully with their heart condition. The program includes exercise to strengthen the heart, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle counseling that focuses on modifying risk factors.

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Surgical Team focuses on Heart of the Matter

NorthBay Medical Center's unique situation and location will make it one of the most sought-after heart programs in Northern California, says Dr. Ramzi Deeik, director of Cardiac Surgery Clinical Outcomes at the NorthBay Heart & Vascular Center. The cardiothoracic surgeon has been with the program since its planning stages.

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If it’s an Emergency, We’re Here to Help

Patients entering the Emergency Department with chest pain are immediately placed in a protocol that will quickly identify if a patient is having a heart attack. The first step is giving the patient an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), a diagnostic tool that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart. The standard test is called a 12-lead electrocardiogram because it measures the electrical activity of the heart from 12 points of view. In a heart attack, part of the muscle dies and is electrically silent, no longer radiating energy. Interpretation of these detailed views allows diagnosis of a wide range of heart conditions.

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It’s His Special-TEE

Filip Roos, M.D.The goal of the energetic cardiac anesthesiologist is to educate his colleagues and the community on the wonders of the Transesophageal Echocardiogram—also known as TEE.

The diagnostic procedure is the best way to look at the heart and its valves."It offers a 4-D experience," Dr. Roos explained. "That's like 3-D in motion."

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