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Cardiology Program

The cardiology program at La Paz Regional saves lives through a combination of skill and leading-edge technology. A wide range of inpatient and outpatient cardiac diagnostic services are provided including pediatric and adult cardiac catheterization, echo cardiography, stress testing and 24-hour monitoring services. River Health Clinic has a full time cardiology practice.

With six cardiologists on staff the hospital has improved the speed and quality of care given to heart attack victims throughout the region. The use of the revolutionary 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner allows doctors to capture detailed images of the heart and arteries in seconds, without any invasive procedures and with no recovery time. Every inpatient bed offers 24-hour telemetry monitoring.

Services offered at La Paz Regional include:

  1. Diagnosis and Imaging
  2. Cardiac CT
  3. 2D/3D Echocardiography and Transesophageal Echo
  4. Cardiac MRI
  5. Nuclear Imaging
  6. Stress Echo
  7. Treatment recommendations and planning
  8. Minimally invasive heart catheterization
  9. Interventional catheter-based therapies
  10. Ongoing follow-up care

Cath Lab

The cardiac catheterization laboratory opened in 2009, and offers routine catheterization, balloon angioplasty and stent placement. The hospital's Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Unit provides patients with highly skilled and compassionate post-operative nursing care.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation team consists of a Medical Director, Nursing Director, Physical Therapists and Assistants, and a Registered Nurse. La Paz offers Phase I (inpatient), Phase II (outpatient), Phase III (Maintenance) Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Risk Factor Education, and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) exercise programs.

Cardiac Rehabilitation area opened in 2010 in the Rehabilitation Services building. It provides ongoing education, support and carefully monitored exercise during the initial phases of recovery from a heart attack, coronary artery stenting or after heart surgery. It also provides care to newly diagnosed cardiomyopathy, heart failure, heart transplant and Peripheral Artery Disease patients. The center is equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent elliptical and bikes, NuSteps, and weight training equipment. Education is a major part of the program and is provided for enrollees and their families on-site.


Hursh Naik, MD, FSCAI
Adhar Seth, MD, FACC
Riyaz Sumar, MD, FSCAI,FACC
Lorne Murray, MD FACC
Afrose Ahmed, MD, FACC


Brittany Power, RN, Director (928) 927-7470