Barton welcomes heart specialist |

Barton welcomes heart specialist

In honor of National Heart Month, February, Barton Health introduces heart care to its the medical team with cardiologist, David Young.

“Patients (in the Lake Tahoe Basin) now have access to a cardiovascular specialist in their own community,” Young said.

“Having direct access to cardiology services will make the referral process much simpler and wait times shorter as patients are accommodated based on our direct availability.”

Barton Cardiology is one of the latest investments for Barton after bringing in a new sports medicine director from the Mayo Clinic, an audiology expert and expanding patient services.

With the support of Barton’s administration, Young looks forward to being at the forefront of developing a certified chest pain center to assist in the rapid assessment and treatment of acute coronary syndromes.

Additional long-term goals include cardiac rehabilitation, stress echocardiography. In addition to long-term cardiovascular pharmacogenomics (also known as physical DNA road maps, suggesting possible heart risk factors that may or may not be modified by certain pharmacological agents), therefore helping to direct individualized medicine.

“This type of multidisciplinary approach allows for greater continuity when establishing long-term relationships and a better means of communication when caring for each person’s diverse healthcare needs,” Young said. “But, addressing the needs of cardiac patients right now is our priority, the cardiovascular center will be down the road.”

Young treats coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, hypertension and cholesterol abnormalities. In addition to managing all spectrums of cardiovascular disease, his expertise ranges from adult echocardiography to transesophageal echocardiography, heart catheterization, nuclear cardiology and cardiac computed tomography.

“I am a firm believer in easy preventative steps to keep your heart healthy: stop smoking, exercise regularly, have a good diet, maintain a healthy weight and get regular health screenings,” he said.

In honor of National Heart Month, Dr. Young is schedule to speak 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade. He will address cardiovascular risk factors and heart health. For more information on this free lecture, visit

Dr. Young is available Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barton Memorial Hospital. To make an appointment, call 530)-543-5497. For more information, visit

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