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Cardiac Care at Tyler Heart Institute

Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute provides nationally recognized comprehensive cardiac care. Our doctors have done thousands of procedures, including treatment of atrial fibrillation, bypass surgery, and valve repair and replacement. Tyler Heart Institute is the only center in Monterey County to offer minimally invasive valve replacement, or TAVR, meaning open-heart surgery isn’t required.

Learn more about the procedures done by our team of experienced specialists and cardiologists:

Electrophysiology for abnormal heartbeat

Cath lab procedures

Surgical procedures

Structural heart repair

Services and tests

Cardiac Stress Tests

Our goal is to provide patients with the latest imaging and diagnostic technologies, so we can get the most accurate results to your doctors.

From prevention to recovery

Prevention to Recovery

Whether you think you are at risk for heart disease or have recently had a procedure, Community Hospital is your trusted local resource for classes, lectures, and events to help you on your journey from prevention to recovery.



World-class care by expert cardiologists

Tyler Heart Institute Cardiologists

Cardiac services at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula are provided by a team of cardiologists with expertise in areas from atrial fibrillation to complex valve repair and replacement. Our surgeons have done thousands of heart procedures, with outstanding outcomes. And our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps people recovering from a heart event live life to the fullest.

Achievements include:

  • 5-star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating, the highest possible, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Recognized for proven expertise, high quality care, and patient results by the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
  • "A" rating for safety from the Leapfrog Group

Patient success stories

Pulse storyA fish tale that’s almost too good to be true

Allen and Dennis Martins went fishing for striped bass at San Luis Reservoir on a winter Sunday. The cousins reached their fishing limit and had a great day. It was a much different ending than the last time they’d been there, when Allen nearly died.

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Pulse storyHeart valve replacement makes everything a-ok

Marie Tonus was in her kitchen, bending toward the dishwasher, when she collapsed to the floor. Her husband Egidio immediately called their daughter, who lived across the street and had recently retired from Community Hospital after 40 years as a registered nurse. Alene Mazzuca checked her mother’s blood pressure and found it was unstable.

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Pulse storyValve replacement has to wait — 90th birthday celebration comes first

When Madeleine Kepp got the news that one of her heart valves wasn’t working properly, she was concerned about having open-heart surgery to replace it. Though she is active and takes good care of herself, Kepp was nearing her 90th birthday and her age put her at risk of complications.

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Ted BellMonterey County's first TAVR patient

Retired fire captain has valve replaced without open-heart surgery, shorter hospital stay.

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Shelley Lipe

Heart attack wake up call at 51

Something was very wrong, but Shelley Lipe didn’t have time to figure out what.

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Robert Ord

Heart disease no match for retired general

With his long and impressive military career, it’s understandable that a man like Robert Ord, III, might not worry much about his own vulnerability.

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Dan Haynes

Double-valve replacement is a gift

“My whole experience with Community Hospital was great. They made me feel like I was somebody special; I met so many wonderful people." - Patient Dan Haynes

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How to make an appointment

To see a doctor at the Tyler Heart Institute, you will first need to be referred by a cardiac specialist.

Visit your family doctor, who can refer you to a cardiologist if needed.

Our cardiologists

Make a donation

Your donation to Tyler Heart Institute makes a difference. Our team stands ready to help you explore your options and achieve the philanthropic impact you seek. Please contact us at 831-658-3630 if you would like to learn more.

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