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Meet the Doctors – Free Heart Health Seminar

Free Registration

For your Free Registration to the Cottage Heart and Vascular Center, Meet the Doctors events, call 1-844-51-HEART (1-844-514-3278).

Join us at our next Free Meet the Doctors seminar to learn about conditions of the heart and the latest treatment options. The healthy conversations include a presentation by a cardiovascular surgeon affiliated with the Cottage Heart and Vascular Center, followed by ample time for questions.

The Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.

Cottage Heart and Vascular Center Performs Watchman Implant

Alternative to Warfarin Medication for Those with Persistent AFib

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is among the first hospitals in the Central Coast to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative to long-term warfarin medication with the newly approved WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atrium) beat too fast and with irregular rhythm (fibrillation). AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than five million Americans. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with AF, and AF-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling.

The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with AF is blood-thinning warfarin medication. Despite its proven efficacy, long-term warfarin medication is not well-tolerated by some patients and carries a significant risk for bleeding complications. These patients now have another option. The WATCHMAN LAAC Implant is an implant alternative to reduce their risk of AF-related stroke.

Patient Testimonials - Watch Their Stories

  • Denise Auclair, Cottage Heart and Vascular Center patient
  • Evelyn Alberts, Cottage Heart and Vascular Center patient

Denise was enjoying a normal Saturday when she suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy and an irregular heartbeat which eventually caused her heart to stop beating. Specialists at the Cottage Heart and Vascular Center inserted a pacemaker to help control Denise’s heart rhythm.

Watch Denise's Story

Evelyn Alberts, 90, was too high risk for open heart surgery. She chose to undergo the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure at the Cottage Heart & Vascular Center.

Watch Evelyn's Story

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