Adult Cardiac Services & Procedures

Loma Linda University International Heart Institute (LLUIHI) is the leader of heart care in the Inland Empire. Having served as the cardiac service line of Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) since 1987, our multidisciplinary medical team of experts consists of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and specialized clinicians who are committed to providing compassionate care for the treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Heart Failure

  • Collaborative team with care provided by MDs, NPs, case manager, and LVN
  • One-on-one patient education for medications and cardiac diet as needed
  • Availability of same day appointments on weekdays with NPs for established patients
  • Joint care with Electrophysiology team for patients with pacemakers/defibrillators
  • Access to psychology intern for short-term intervention
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) placement and monitoring for destination therapy or bridge to transplant
  • Heart Transplantation and monitoring with same MDs from Heart Failure continuum to Transplant


Interventional Cardiology

  • Coronary

    • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization and angiography
    • Transradial cardiac catheterization and coronary intervention
    • Transseptal left heart catheterization
    • Coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and coronary stenting
    • Rotational atherectomy (Rotablator)
    • Chronic Total Occlusions (CTOs)
    • High risk coronary interventions with Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
    • Fractional flow reserve measurement with pressure wire and intravascular coronary imaging with IVUS
    • Endomyocardial biopsy
    • Exercise hemodynamic testing
    • Coil embolization
  • Structural

    • Mitral and Aortic Valvuloplasty
    • Closure of congenital heart defects: Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
    • Percutaneous closure of paravalvular leaks
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) with Edwards SAPIEN valve
    • Transcatheter pulmonary valve implementation with Medtronic Melody valve
    • Pulmonary Valvuloplasty
    • Pulmonary Vein Stenting
    • Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Peripheral

    • Invasive management of chronic venous disease (Radiofrequency Ablation and Sclerotherapy)
  • Cardiopulmonary

    • Inhaled nitric oxide testing for patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension
    • Pulmonary angiography

Adult Electrophysiology

  • Holter/Event Monitor
  • Tilt table test
  • Diagnostic electrophysiology study
  • Ablation of supraventricular arrhythmia (SVT)
  • Ablation of Atrial fibrillation
  • Ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • Ablation in Adults with Congenital Heart

Emergency Cardiac Services

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (Acute Heart Attack/Chest Pain)
  • Acute Congestive Heart Failure (Shortness of Breath)
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia and Syncope (Fainting)
  • Acute Aortic Dissection (Splitting of aortic wall causing chest pain)
  • Cardiac Tamponade (Compression of Heart from fluid collection around it)

Heart Valve Disorders

  • Valvular Stenosis
  • Valvular Insufficiency
  • Valvular Infections
  • Congenital Valve Defects
  • Specialty Clinics for Marfan Syndrome, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, MitraClip, Mitral Valve Prolapse, TAVR (Transcather Aortic Valve Replacement)
  • Valve Repair and Replacement (both bioprosthetic/tissue valves and mechanical valves) for all cardiac valves

Preventive Cardiology

  • Promotion of cardiovascular health with various prevention strategies as a part of our institutional philosophy of "living whole"
  • Strategies address preventable cardiac problems including coronary artery disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation
  • Collaboration with primary care physicians to promote various preventive strategies including healthy diet, regular exercise, control of blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program to promote health of patients after various cardiac surgeries