Best Practices in Cardiac Care
Nationally-Recognized Door-to-Balloon Time
Valley Medical Center's door-to-balloon time – from the moment a patient arrives to the time we remove a blockage – beats the 90-minute-or-less national benchmark by half an hour. Despite the name, "door-to-balloon" refers to any percutaneous coronary intervention procedure used to remove a blockage. Learn more
Leader in Therapeutic Hypothermia
Valley Medical Center is the “best-organized” in the state for application of therapeutic hypothermia, which is used in cases of cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly stops pumping.
Therapeutic hypothermia lowers the patient's body temp to 91 degrees Fahrenheit, to preserve brain function and allow the patient's body to respond to treatment. Typically only about 20% of people survive cardiac arrest, primarily due to permanent brain damage. Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia has been shown to significantly increase survival of cardiac arrest and reduce the likelihood of long-term brain damage.
On a warm June day, Larry went for his regular run and
collapsed in the throes of a massive heart attack. VMC's
team used therapeutic hypothermia to preserve his brain
function and save his life. Read his story (946K)
Pioneer in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Valley Medical Center Cardiac Rehab was the first telemetry-monitored program (Phase II Cardiac Rehab) in the Seattle area. We continue to be one of the busiest Cardiac Rehab centers in Seattle, offering a full complement of fitness equipment and a medically supervised exercise program to help rehabilitate cardiac patients. Our patients report 98% satisfaction.