We're committed to building the most comprehensive program for cardiovascular and peripheral vascular care on the Eastside, with services ranging from prevention to open heart surgery.
Cardiac and Vascular Services in One Location
When you're facing heart or vascular issues, the last thing on your mind should be how to navigate your care. Overlake's David and Shelley Hovind Heart & Vascular Center brings cardiac and vascular services together in one location. Our new 19,200-square-foot facility features the most advanced cardiovascular equipment and technology available on the Eastside.
The facility, which opened in 2013, allows more real-time collaboration between physicians, facilitates consultation between physicians, patients and their families, and will improve the Eastside community’s access to cardiac care.
"For more than two decades we have offered the most comprehensive array of cardiac services on the Eastside and continue to be the only hospital that offers open heart surgery on the Eastside with nearly 40,000 patients receiving cardiac care at Overlake last year alone," said Dr. Joseph Doucette, director of invasive cardiology at Overlake. "The opening of our new heart and vascular center is an important step forward and will help keep Overlake at the forefront of advanced cardiac care."
Overlake cardiologists, many of whom have received recognition by Seattle Met Magazine's Top Docs of Seattle, are the cornerstone of care. State-of-the-art technology and caring, professional staff who work hand-in-hand with our cardiologists, make the cardiac program at Overlake one of great renown with great results.
With cardiothoracic surgeons, a team of electrophysiologists and cardiologists at Overlake Medical Clinics and dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists, Overlake's highly trained cardiac services staff are able to provide you with the highest quality of care when you need it most.
To find a heart care specialist search for "cardiology" to find a cardiologist in our online directory.
Types of Cardiac Surgeries Performed
Coronary Bypass Surgery
- Beating heart surgery
- Endoscopic vein harvesting
- Valve repair
- Valve replacement
- Minimally invasive valve repair
Surgery of the Aorta
- Repair of aneurysms
- Repair of dissections
Other Surgeries of the Heart
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy surgery, septal myomectomy
- Left ventricular reconstruction
- Atrial fibrillation surgery (MAZE)
- Device therapy, such as pacemaker and ICD lead placement
- Heart tumor resection
The human heart beats 2.5 billion times on average during a person's lifetime. This organ's strong and constant pace sustains life yet it is highly vulnerable, with coronary heart disease being America's number one killer. That is why it is vitally important to keep your heart healthy, and to receive exceptional care when you experience any type of problem with your heart.
There are many resources available to you online. To learn more about heart disease, prevention or heart procedures view any of the educational links below:
- American Heart Association
- National Stroke Association
- American Diabetes Association
- Mended Hearts Support Group
- Risk Factors for Heart Disease
- A Woman’s Guide to Beating Heart Disease
For more online resources, visit our online health library
Cardiac Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you do not find the answers to your questions here, please do not hesitate to call us at 425.454.2656. We are available 24 hours a day, seven day a week to answer your questions and concerns.
What are some of the common tests done prior to surgery?
All cardiac surgery patients undergo heart catheterization performed by their cardiologist.
Routine preoperative tests include:
- Blood tests to evaluate chemistries, blood count and blood type.
- Chest X-ray to evaluate lungs and heart size.
- Carotid Doppler to evaluate blood vessels in the neck leading to the brain. If there is severe narrowing, you will be referred to a vascular surgeon for consultation.
What is the likelihood that a transfusion will be necessary?
Every effort is made to avoid transfusions. Most patients do not need a transfusion. Sometimes blood is necessary, especially when patients come in urgently for surgery having been on certain medications or if they have a low blood count prior to surgery. Bloodworks Northwest screens all blood for AIDS antibodies and various infections, such as hepatitis.
What education will I receive?
Teaching you and your family about your needs is an important part of your care. Elective surgery patients come to the hospital preoperatively for teaching. You will see and be given a DVD or video that gives an overview of cardiac surgery and home care. Also, you will receive written information that will answer many of your questions. We also have pamphlets on cardiac diet for both diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Postoperatively, the nursing staff and our team will instruct you about your care after you return home. We are available 24 hours, seven day a week to answer your questions and concerns.
Will I experience much pain?
Most patients experience minimal pain. We use a variety of medications that will keep you comfortable. Your nurse will regularly evaluate your discomfort and offer pain medications. Keeping you comfortable is very important so you can participate in walking, breathing and self-care activities necessary for recovery.
Will there be any limitations after my surgery?
The most important restriction is limiting upper body use to allow your sternal bone to heal. This means no pushing, pulling or lifting more than five pounds for two months after surgery. Your nurse will teach you techniques to accomplish this. Exercise that strengthens stomach muscles will help you become independent sooner.
What is the average length of hospital stay?
Many patients are able to leave the hospital in three to four days after surgery. Our team will discuss your discharge plans with you postoperatively.
What type of care will I need after I return home?
If you are able to go directly home, you will need someone there 24 hours per day for the first week. The key responsibilities include:
- Grocery shopping and meal preparation
- Obtaining medications and dispensing as ordered
- Monitoring patient’s weight, blood pressure, temperature and keeping a record for the surgeon
- Assisting with the walking program as necessary
- Helping with daily activities such as bathing, assisting in and out of bed as needed
- Providing transportation to doctor appointments
Do I need nursing services at home?
Most patients and their families are surprised by how fast recovery occurs. If additional attention is needed, home health services may be recommended. A nurse may be ordered for monitoring the heart and lungs, medication management, blood draws and teaching if indicated. Physical and occupational therapy can also be helpful if getting around becomes difficult. Our designated social worker can help arrange these services for you.
If I need to go to a skilled nursing facility for further rehabilitation, how do I know where to go? Who will arrange for the transfer to the skilled nursing facility?
Our team makes every effort to identify rehabilitation needs early. We will meet with you and provide information to help you identify facilities. Our social worker will also meet with you and review your insurance coverage. They will make all the arrangements for transfer.
Can I climb stairs after surgery?
Yes, but it can be fatiguing. Organizing your home routine to minimize stair use will provide you with more energy for other recovery activities.
When can I drive?
Usually three to five weeks after surgery. Your doctor will tell you when this is appropriate.
When can I return to work?
Most individuals who perform desk or sitting activities are able to resume limited or part-time work at three to four weeks after surgery. Those with physically active jobs may be restricted for two months. Your return to work should be discussed with your surgeon usually two to three weeks after surgery.
Cardiac Programs Designed Around You
The Cardiac Center offers patients today's most advanced cardiac treatment programs.
We're committed to staying at the forefront of medicine — and helping you and your neighbors live healthier, longer lives. It's no wonder why 40,000 patients a year choose Overlake for their cardiovascular care.
Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Explore the signs and symptoms of arrhythmia or learn about our full range of electrophysiology treatments and procedures, including catheter ablation.
Noninvasive Cardiovascular Services
Our staff in the Danz Non-Invasive Cardiology Unit use the latest, most sophisticated technology to provide efficient and effective diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology
To discover if you have heart or vascular disease and where problems exist, an accurate diagnosis must be made. Non-invasive or invasive tests can be done in our two state-of-the-art electrophysiology labs or three catheterization suites or echocardiography lab.
Expanding on the services of our award winning cardiac program, our newest medical clinic opened in May 2011. With two convenient locations in Bellevue and a third office in Issaquah, the clinic is staffed by 13 board-certified cardiologists and two nurse practitioners.
Since 1987, our experienced cardiac surgery team has collaborated to bring you the best combination of care: the latest technology provided with compassion and expertise.
Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement
The minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedure is a minimally invasive direct vision approach to treat the narrowing or leaking of the heart's mitral valve.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a new, minimally invasive treatment for some forms of aortic valve stenosis.
Cardiac & Stroke Emergency Care
In those critical moments that count the most, Overlake's ER provides rapid access to leading-edge cardiac and stroke care.
Critical Care Unit
Overlake’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) is a 32-bed, state-of-the-art facility that provides the highest level of care for those who are seriously ill.
David and Shelley Hovind Heart + Vascular Center
The David and Shelley Hovind Heart + Vascular Center is named in recognition of the couple’s $1 million leadership gift. The Overlake Medical Center Foundation + Auxiliaries raised an additional $1.1 million for the new facility at the 2013 Bandage Ball, the Foundation’s annual fundraising gala and auction. To date, the Overlake Medical Center Foundation and Auxiliaries has received more than $4 million in philanthropic donations for the new center.