Heart & Vascular Center

Healing the Heart with the Watchman – Cottage Heart & Vascular Center

Put Your Heart in the Right Place

To talk with the heart and vascular specialists at Cottage Health, call 1-844-51-HEART, or visit the Heart & Vascular Physician team page.

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.

When your heart or blood vessels need medical care, put them in the skilled hands of the Central Coast’s top cardiologists, doctors, surgeons and vascular specialists at the Cottage Heart & Vascular Center.

Recognized for Excellence in Cardiac Care

Close to your home, our medical professionals provide the advanced technology and comprehensive services you’d expect to find at an academic medical center. From prevention and diagnosis to treatment and recovery, you’ll get a partner in managing even the most complex cardiovascular conditions—so you can live better and longer.

Leader in Minimally Invasive Options

At Cottage Heart & Vascular Center you’re assured of receiving all the services you’d find at a large teaching hospital and trauma center including the latest minimally invasive procedure options. We are one of the leading Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Watchman centers in the Western United States.

TAVR Procedure

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Implant

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a non-surgical replacement of the aortic valve in your heart. This technology means a chest incision is not needed.


TEER Procedure

Transcatheter Edge to Edge Repair (TEER) Implant

Transcatheter Edge to Edge Repair (TEER) with the MitraClip® device is a less-invasive treatment for patients who are too sick for open-heart mitral valve surgery.


Watchman Implant

Watchman Implant

The minimally invasive Watchman procedure seals off the left atrial appendage for patients who have atrial fibrillation not related to heart valve disease. 


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Denise LeBeau, Cardiac Rehab patient at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

“You’re Not in This Alone”

For Denise LeBeau, cardiac rehab at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) has been a great comfort. After she had a faulty aortic valve successfully replaced at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she found the same kind of thoughtful approach that she experienced during her surgery evident with the cardiac rehab staff at SYVCH.

Denise's Story

Recognitions and Accreditations

Trust Cottage Health to help you achieve the best outcome of your heart and vascular treatment because we’re a designated:

Innovative, Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care

You’ll find everything you need for your heart and blood vessels at Cottage Health. Learn more about:

Conditions and Advanced Treatments

Heart Valve
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Heart Valve Disease

Lack of proper functioning in one or more of the four heart valves that open and close to keep blood flowing in the correct direction through your heart. With surgery, valves can be repaired, or replaced with an artificial valve.

Treatments Offered:

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Mitral Regurgitation

Mitral Regurgitation is a condition that prevents the mitral valve, located between the heart’s two left chambers, from closing completely. This causes blood to leak backwards back inside the heart.

Treatment Offered:

  • MitraClip® Procedure - A procedure that is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery. Doctors access the mitral valve with a thin tube (called a catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart. Patients are usually released from the hospital within 2 to 3 days.

(AFib)Heart Icon Arrhythmia (AFib)

Arrhythmia (AFib)

Arrhythmia, or AFib, is an irregular heartbeat that may prevent the heart from pumping enough blood to the body, causing tiredness or dizziness. In severe cases, it can cause heart attack.

Treatments Offered:

  • Ablation - Insertion of a thin tube through a vein to the heart to deliver a charge that destroys areas of tissue causing the abnormal electrical signals
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure - Closing of a pouch in the top left chamber of the heart, where — in people with irregular heartbeats — blood may linger and clot, leading to stroke when the clot is pumped out of the heart.
  • Watchman Implant - An implant for closing the left atrial appendage. The implant is delivered through a tube (catheter) in a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Pacemaker Implant - A small device inserted into the chest or abdomen to send electrical pulses to the heart and normalize heart rhythm.

Congenital Heart
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Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart diseases are abnormalities in the heart that are present from birth, including:

Treatments Offered:

  • Open-heart surgery
  • Interventional heart catheterization - A mesh closure device is inserted into a tube (catheter) and threaded through a vein into the heart. The device is positioned to cover the hole or channel in the heart.

Coronary Artery
DiseaseHeart Icon Artery

Coronary Artery Disease

Hardening and narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the heart, caused by build up of cholesterol (plaque) on the inner walls of the arteries. This decreases blood and oxygen flow to and from the heart and can lead to heart attack.

Treatments Offered:

  • Angioplasty - A surgical repair of a narrowed or blocked artery or vein. A thin tube with a balloon is inserted through a blood vessel in the arm or groin into the artery and then inflated to push plaque outward and restore blood flow.
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - Surgery to remove and relocate a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body to send blood to the heart, bypassing the damaged artery.
  • Stent Placement including bioresorbable - A small mesh tube placed through a blood vessel in the groin or arm, used to hold open an artery. Depending on the type of tube used, tissue grows over the mesh, or the tube eventually dissolves after the artery is opened and healed.

What's Your Heart's Age?

Cottage Heart & Vascular Center - Assessment

Use this tool to find out if your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age. After completing the online assessment, you'll receive a free personalized report that outlines important information about your heart health.

Go to the Heart Assessment

Cottage Heart & Vascular Center

Cottage Heart & Vascular Center400 W. Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Taking Another Bow

Cottage Heart & Vascular Center Patient - Julie Allen

After full evaluation, Julie Allen was considered high risk for "open heart surgery." She’s thankful that the cardiologists affiliated with the Cottage Heart and Vascular Center, could resolve the situation with the MitraClip procedure, a dramatically less invasive alternative.

Julie's Story