Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute

The world class cardiovascular physicians at Sequoia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute treat some of the most complex cardiac cases in California and produce some of the nation’s best outcomes. Sequoia Hospital has ranked among the nation’s leading providers of cardiovascular care for over three decades.


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What Makes Sequoia Hospital Unique?

Sequoia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute ranks among the nation’s leading providers of cardiovascular care. Why? Because world-class physicians choose to practice at Sequoia where there are highly skilled nurses and staff to care for their heart patients. Studies show a strong correlation between a highly experienced clinical team and the best outcomes. Sequoia has over three decades of experience treating heart patients and as a result, produces some of the best outcomes in the nation.

Physicians and their patients trust our comprehensive cardiovascular program because:

  • We provide some of the fastest emergency cardiac care in California.
  • We have top-rated heart attack interventions and nationally ranked stent survival rates.
  • We have one of the highest heart valve replacement survival rates in the nation, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
  • Our cardiac arrthymia program has completed more than 3,400 atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) ablation procedures, making it one of the highest A-Fib ablation performing institutes on the West Coast.
  • Our cardiac surgeons have performed more than 4,000 minimally-invasive operations, which help reduce hospital stay and shorten recovery time.

Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:

Our Patients Say

Don & I both found Dr. Luis Castro to be very personable. He told us my valve had an opening of .6 centimeters which is extremely small and caused my aorta to balloon out. I was in in the hospital for ... Read more.

Complete trust and faith is not easy to come by, within 10 minutes of meeting Dr. Luis Castro he had mine. From his patience in answering all our questions, to making a hard decision feel 100% right, and ... Read more.

Dr. Luis Castro was my chief surgeon. When I asked Dr. Castro why I had no pain after surgery, he said it was probably because his practice is to make a truly minimal incision — in my case less than ... Read more.

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Julie Biglieri

Hi, my name is Julie Biglieri and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute.

I have worked at Sequoia Hospital for over 26 years in the cardiovascular department. While at Sequoia Hospital, I have had a variety of roles and responsibilities including the Director of the Intensive Care Unit. Currently, I help both local and out-of-state patients who require heart valve repair and heart valve replacement procedures.

I'm available at all times, including weekends, to answer your questions ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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