Know your risk

Find out how to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Call 844-564-7768 or complete the form to request an appointment.

Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

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.

2283.3 miles away
310-540-7676

Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

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.

2283.3 miles away

Heart Conditions We Treat

Our cardiovascular experts use the most effective therapies to treat even the most complex heart conditions.

Meet the Team

At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.

Schedule an appointment

Call 844-564-7768 or fill out our online form to request an appointment with our expert heart care team.

Request Appointment

By submitting this request, you confirm that you are over 18 years of age.
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 About Heart Screenings

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

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

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.

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.

Location

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.

Patient Testimonial

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. Read more about how a stent saved his life.

Awards

  • U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 High-Performing Hospital for Heart Attack
  • U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 High-Performing Hospital for Heart Failure

Why Choose Us for Your Heart Care

As part of a top-tier research institute, we provide the most innovative treatment, all in the comfort of your local community hospital. So you’ll receive the highest quality of care close to home. But top-rated care is just one of the reasons Providence Heart & Vascular Institute of Los Angeles sees more heart patients than any other health system in the region – here are five more:

The power of our network is one of the reasons more than 10,000 heart patients choose our Institute for their care each year. Our team of cardiovascular experts cares for patients across six world-class hospitals throughout the region. Every cardiovascular patient at Providence benefits from a collaborative network that includes award-winning physicians, scientists, researchers and caregivers across 51 hospitals in seven states.

Learn more about the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute of Los Angeles

Our patients have been at the heart of everything we do for over 95 years. We know that putting patients first leads to the best outcomes. Your local heart care doctors meet regularly with other regional experts to discuss your case. These clinical specialty committees make sure you’re getting the best treatment, so you don’t have to visit another doctor or specialist yourself. 

We also provide patients with a wide range of support services that extend beyond conventional treatment. Our offerings include everything from prevention and education to nutrition, pain management and spiritual care. We take care of your heart and all that it beats for.

We understand that the impact of heart disease is greater in some communities. Genetics plays a part, but unequal access to great health care is also a factor. At Providence, we make sure each of our patients has access to the best heart care. As part of this commitment, we offer translation services and print publications in multiple languages for our non-English-speaking patients. In keeping with our Mission, Providence offers financial assistance programs that provide free and low-cost care to those who are eligible.

We also prioritize community heart-health awareness through local events and outreach. One example is our Health Equity Hypertension partnership with the American Heart Association.

We value, respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, spiritual, gender and sexual identities of each member of our diverse community. We aim to treat every patient equally and with dignity – whoever you are, and wherever you are in your journey.

Providence Heart & Vascular Institute of Los Angeles is at the forefront of cardiovascular treatment and therapies. One of our hospitals was the first of two in the world to enroll patients in a clinical trial for a novel stroke prevention device. We were also the first in the nation to complete a commercial implant of WATCHMAN. Both the clinical trial and the WATCHMAN device help reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

As our patient, you can take part in one of our many clinical trials. These include FDA-regulated trials to develop new cardiovascular therapies. Providence also participates in national cardiovascular data registries to continually improve outcomes and patient care.

Our cardiologists are experts in the most advanced therapeutic and surgical techniques. They take a team-based approach to your heart care, working with some of the best surgeons, heart specialists and nurse navigators in the region. Our team uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to improve outcomes and reduce recovery times.

The Power of Our Network

Part of the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute of Los Angeles

  • We use advanced techniques for the most accurate diagnosis of structural heart disease and most comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Our award-winner cardiologists meet regularly to share their knowledge, so you know you’re getting the best structural heart treatment.
  • More than 12,000 heart patients choose us for their care each year.

Learn More About the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute in Los Angeles

Doctor with senior patient smiling appointment

Patient Stories and Expert Tips for a Healthy Heart

2/21/2024
Anchorage Fire Department, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation to collaborate on study of a new medication for treating patients experiencing a heart attack.
2/5/2024
Heart disease doesn’t just happen to people who are older than 40. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you could be at risk, too.
2/15/2024
You can make a big difference in how healthy your heart is. A Providence cardiologist explains some lifestyle changes you can make to avoid heart disease.
2/21/2024
Susan Patcha had been living with high cholesterol since she was 17. Providence Lipid Clinic provided her with answers — for herself and for her family.