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The Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is leading the way when it comes to matters of the heart. Thanks to the Providence Little Company of Mary and Keck Medicine of USC’s partnership, our cardiologists and surgeons offer the highest level of expert care — and we are saving the hearts and lives of the South Bay.

Along with non-invasive diagnostics and interventional therapies and treatments, our cardiovascular program also emphasizes prevention and education to keep you strong so you can live a longer, healthier life.

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Dr. Erum Bajwa, Cardiologist, speaks to patient safety protocols in the office for cardiology patients.

Our comprehensive heart and vascular procedures include:

State-of-the-art diagnostics
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Echocardiogram (Echo)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Electrophysiology Study
  • Cardiac Catheterization (also called Coronary Angiogram)
  • Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
  • Thallium Scans
  • Myocardial Perfusion Scans
  • MUGA Scans/Radionuclide Angiography (RNA) Scans
Evidence-based procedures
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Coronary Stenting
Heart Surgeries
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Pacemaker
  • Valve Replacement

Our state-of-the-art endovascular suite features leading edge technology and offers some of the most advanced non-invasive diagnostic testing and interventional treatments. Along with screening programs, outreach programs and patient family support, these services are used to treat a range of vascular conditions, including:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Varicose and Spider Veins
  • Venous Skin Ulcers

At Providence Little Company of Mary, our heart specialists provide treatments that reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with cardiovascular procedures. These low-risk procedures, such as TAVR, are provided by our teams of cardiologists, heart surgeons and specialists with expertise in valve disease.

What is TAVR

TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to replace a diseased and restricting aortic valve with a new valve.

TAVR is used as a means to eliminate aortic stenosis. As your heart pumps blood throughout your body, the aortic valve helps regulate the flow. When someone is suffering from aortic stenosis, the leaflets of the valve calcify and thicken. The expanding leaflets restrict blood flow, forcing the heart to work harder and exhaust itself.

Unlike open heart surgery, which requires opening the sternum and stopping the heart, TAVR works by replacing the existing aortic valve via a small incision in the groin (transfemoral procedure) or chest (transapical procedure). Because TAVR is a minimally invasive and low-risk procedure, it’s the most viable option available for those who cannot forego the risks of open-heart surgery.

Due to the laparoscopic nature of the procedure, TAVR allows for minimal blood loss and smaller chance of infection at the incision site, resulting in faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. TAVR helps improve the symptoms related to aortic stenosis and immediately helps improve patients’ quality of life.

A Heart Screening Can Save Your Life!

According to the American Heart Association, many people experience no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. Screening tests can detect problems before symptoms develop, preventing issues down the road. 

Learn more

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is an individualized program designed to fit the specific needs of patients with coronary heart disease. This is a medically prescribed program requiring a physician's order.

Led by cardiac rehab specialists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dietitians, the program consists of three phases that include risk factor modification, individualized cardiovascular exercise, education, and emotional support.

  • Phase I: an Inpatient Program
  • Phase II: a Monitored Outpatient Program
  • Phase III: a Maintenance Program

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call 310-303-7070.


Providence Little Company of Mary Cardiac Rehab
20929 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

Cardiac Support Group

For cardiac patients, family and friends to meet and provide mutual support and discuss concerns and problems.

Location: Providence Little Company of Mary Outpatient Center
20929 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance 90503

For dates and information contact Yvonne Hashimoto, RN, at 310-303-7070.

PEP (Pulmonary Education Program) Pioneers

PEP Pioneers is a nationally certified education program providing help and general information for those with chronic respiratory disease through education, research, and information.

Location: Providence Little Company of Mary Outpatient Center
20929 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance 90503

For dates and information, call 310-303-7079.

A Stent to Save my Life

Earl Takata, an active 50 year old, describes himself as a "weekend warrior". Little did he know his warrior days would be used to fight an enemy he didn't even know he had - heart disease.

Earl and his wife were in San Diego for a few days of vacation in April, 2007. They went for a several mile run as they often do on weekends. "I noticed that I was feeling a little short of breath, but I didn't think much of it," he recalls. "We were waiting for a light to change and I decided to lean against the wall for a minute, and that's when I passed out."

No chest pain, no arm numbness... He collapsed out without warning. His wife later told him he was out for about 5 seconds. He fell to the ground and hit his face, resulting in a wound and swelling to the bone that protects the eye area, swelling his eye shut. His wife was understandably horrified and tried to awake him while a passing motorist dialed 9-1-1. Earl was rushed to the hospital.

He stayed there overnight and the next day doctors ran some tests, including a stress echocardiogram. Strangely, everything appeared fine, and he was released but urged to see his doctor at home. As soon as he got home Earl went to see his family physician and was referred to Cardiologist Michele Del Vicario, MD, who also serves as the Medical Director of the cardiac program at Little Company of Mary Hospital Torrance ... read more.