Trust Salem's only hospital-based cardiologists to help you keep on doing what you love.


Keep on doing the things that matter to you


Whether you want to keep on dancing, keep on playing with your grandkids or keep on exploring the great outdoors, staying on top of your heart health makes it all possible.

Salem Health Cardiology is here to help you keep on doing what you love.


Brenda, cardiology patient


Keep on growing



'Three times the hospital saved my life'

Sheldon Sprecker has always been active. He played basketball from high school until age 62. From there, time in the garden or deep-sea fishing was a constant.

Just over two years ago, when Sheldon was about to turn 80, he began experiencing bouts of lightheadedness.


When might I need a pacemaker or defibrillator?

The most common reason for a provider to prescribe a pacemaker is if a patient’s heart beats too slowly, pauses, or causes fainting spells. Bradycardia is when a patient has a slow heartbeat, and tachycardia is a fast heartbeat. A provider may recommend an implantable defibrillator for any number of conditions that raise the risk of heart arrythmias or cardiac arrest.





Keep on connecting



'It’s a matter of not giving in to the limitations'

For Ray VanTassel, staying connected to his community is a top priority.

He ran his own business, a car repair company, for 33 years. After retiring 10 years ago, Ray started leading weekly bible study groups for Grace Community Church.


What is a heart murmur?

A heart murmur is a whooshing, blowing or rasping sound heard during a heartbeat. There can be several causes, including rough blood flow near the heart or through the valves, as well as a thickening aortic valve due to aging.




Keep on playing



'They made me feel important, like my life matters'

The one constant in Emily Robinson’s life is she’s always staying busy.

The 67-year-old owned a restaurant for 27 years in Grand Coulee, Washington, while raising her family.

Now, she’s embraced a new role: providing childcare for her three grandchildren.



Managing heart disease

Between 2017 and 2020, about 49 percent of US adults had some kind of cardiovascular disease. From heart attacks and hypertension to heart disease and failure – we’re here to address your concerns at Salem Health. Learn more about our team and the steps we can take to get your health back on track.





Keep on making memories



Brenda and her family gathered around a patio table looking at photo albums.

'I didn't know if I'd ever see them again'

Brenda Large always prioritizes time with her family. After a typical family dinner in May 2022, Brenda was feeling fine when she headed to bed.

“I had worked all day,” Brenda said. “We had had our normal Friday night dinner with our kids and our grandkids. That was a normal thing, and everything was fine. I went to bed.”

But that night was anything but normal.



When is a defibrillator needed?

You may be a candidate for an implantable defibrillator if you have an abnormal heartbeat. This could happen after a heart attack, or the diagnosis of arrhythmia or heart disease. This battery-powered pulse generator is inserted either just below your collarbone or along your ribs. The device can detect an abnormal heartbeat and return the heartbeat to normal.




Your path to cardiac care

From heart attacks and hypertension to heart disease and failure — we’re here to address your concerns at Salem Health. Learn more about our team and the steps we can take to get your health back on track.