One of the goals of the Complex Coronary Therapeutics Program at Overlake is to give options to patients who may have been told their problem isn’t fixable.
Patients who have already had open heart bypass surgery but still develop further heart disease, or those who aren’t able to get surgery, may have been told by doctors that they have to go through life with symptoms including shortness of breath and chest pain.
“We want to develop a program that gives patients options in those scenarios,” said Dr. Robert Riley, interventional cardiologist at Overlake.
The CHIP procedure is an innovative and less invasive method to open blocked coronary arteries. Dr. Riley and his team can see patients in need of this care from across the state.
“We work really closely with a lot of cardiologists throughout the state so that we have really good, nice communication,” Dr. Riley said. “There’s a relatively seamless transition from a patient’s general cardiology group over to us and then back if they’re from farther away.”
Symptoms of heart disease include chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath and even stomach pain and pressure when eating.
“We have lots of things that we attribute it to other things - lung disease, indigestion, all these things - and they’re actually the different ways the heart really speaks to us.”
Dr. Riley is recently back in Washington to open his new practice at Overlake. He’s been in the area two times before as a resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington and later to train in interventional cardiology. After time in Ohio, he’s back in the Pacific Northwest.
“Third time was a charm,” Dr. Riley said. “My family decided that we really wanted to come back. We love this area.”
Dr. Riley is currently accepting new patients. To learn more, visit the Overlake website.