Heart & Vascular Center

    Winning the Hearts of Solano

    Launched in April 2009, NorthBay Heart & Vascular Center is bringing advanced cardiac care home to Solano County. In August, NorthBay Medical Center became Solano County's first and only accredited Chest Pain Center. When every minute counts, NorthBay's esteemed cardiac team is ready to put its state-of-the-art equipment and technology to work, saving lives. The latest techniques, including off-pump coronary artery bypass and valve repair and replacement surgeries, are now available. Cardiologists began performing life-saving Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures in August, in which blocked arteries in the heart are opened mechanically to restore blood flow to the heart muscle.

    Comprehensive services from diagnosis through recovery include:

    Heart Surgery 

    Interventional Cardiology 

    Vascular Procedures  

    Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation  

    Diagnostic Testing  

    Chest Pain Center 

    Cardiac Catheterization 

    Stroke Program 

    Heart Surgery 

    NorthBay offers the only heart surgery program in Solano County and is led by highly regarded cardiovascular surgeons, who treat a full spectrum of heart conditions using some of the most advanced surgical techniques, including "beating heart surgery,"  and endoscopic vein harvesting. To learn more about Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, or CABG, as well as beating heart surgery, click here.  Our heart surgery team includes not only experienced surgeons and anesthesiologists, but also highly trained clinical and other staff -- all focused on providing excellent patient care and outcomes. Our new cardiovascular operating room is among the most technologically advanced, dedicated heart surgery suites in Northern California.


    Download the Patient Guide for a complete description of the heart surgery patient's journey, from hospital admission through recovery.


    Interventional CardiologyDhillon 

    In August, NorthBay started offering Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or PCI. Interventional procedures are minimally invasive procedures performed by interventional cardiologists who use small incisions and a catheter, as opposed to traditional open surgery. These procedures have dramatically expanded treatment and diagnostic options for heart disease and can be used when there is minimal blockage of blood vessels. In addition, a small coil called a stent may be inserted to keep the artery open.


     Vascular Procedures 

    Treatments for vascular disease can increasingly be performed as minimally invasive endovascular procedures that don't require surgery.


    Peripheral angioplasties, treatment for severely blocked arteries outside the heart, once required services that were available only in medical facilities outside of Solano County. Now the procedures are performed in NorthBay Healthcare’s new interventional lab, which is also used for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations. Several procedures can be performed, including renal and lower extremity artery angioplasties or stenting.

    Peripheral vascular disease strikes the main arteries outside the heart – most typically those between the heart and the legs. Arteries become narrowed or blocked, usually because of a build-up of a fatty material. This is called atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries.” Other causes can be attributed to blood clots, diabetes, infection or injury.


    Chest Pain Center 

    In August 2009 NorthBay Medical Center was designated as a Chest Pain Center, one of only 17 in the state of California. The accreditation was awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.


    Heart and Vascular Diagnostics 

    State-of-the-art diagnostic technology is designed for rapid diagnosis of heart and vascular conditions. Reliable and timely results assist your physicians in making the best treatment recommendations for your specific needs. NorthBay Healthcare offers a full range of diagnostic procedures including:

    Cardiac catheterization  


    Treadmill stress testing 

    Stress testing with nuclear imaging or echocardiographic imaging

    Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram 


     State-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab 

    Cardiac Catheterization is a non-surgical diagnostic procedure used to evaluate patients who exhibit chest pain or heart irregularities.   The NorthBay Medical Center $3.6 million Cardiac Catheterization Lab replacement project was completed in 2007.  The 3,600 square-foot facility conducts the latest vascular and cardiac imaging procedures.


    Stroke Program  

    If you or a loved one should suffer a stroke, NorthBay Healthcare is ready to help at our Fairfield and Vacaville facilities. Thanks to a partnership with the Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento, NorthBay’s program uses high-tech robots to allow our Emergency Department staff to communicate with neurologists in Sacramento, making life-saving decisions 24/7. NorthBay can stabilize stroke patients and offer more advanced treatment options, or elect to send them to another facility, should specialized interventions or surgery be necessary.