Dr. Bonometti Arrived in Santa Barbara in August of 2005 and was asked to join Sansum Clinic.

He then left Sansum clinic to start solo Practice in 2013 so he could give a more individualized , timely, and personal approach to his patients.

He is active in and sees patients at 5 Hospitals (Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, and Lompoc Hospital in Lompoc. )

He specializes in Heart Failure, General Cardiology (Stress Testing / Holter / Event Monitors / Implantable Loop Recorders / Echocardiograms / Ultrasounds / Vascular Studies / Blood Pressure Management / Cholesterol Management ) as well as Electrophysiology ( evaluating and treating Palpitations / Fast Heart rate / Irregular heartbeats with medications as well as Ablations / Pacemakers / Defibrillators implantation and follow-up.)

His double-Boards in Cardiology and Electrophysiology allows him to integrate both aspects into a more efficient and comprehensive care of the patients he sees.

 

To help keep your care local, he can see you in our office
in Lompoc, Santa Barbara, or Ventura / Oxnard (see below for addresses.)

About Dr. Bonometti MD


Dr. Claudio Bonometti, MD, Santa Barbara Heart Specialist, Cardiologist in Santa Barbara, CA

Claudio Bonometti was born in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa when his father had moved there to work as a Civil Engineer. He was then sent back to Northern Italy (Brescia) to live with his mother when he was 4 so he could receive a European education. He continued his schooling there until High School. In order to learn English well and to be prepared for a US education, he was enrolled in TASIS (The American School In Switzerland ), an American boarding high school in Lugano, Switzerland. This gave him the opportunity to be exposed to multiple cultural backgrounds and ethnicities from all over the world and to help him be accepting of multiple religions, cultures, and point of views.

He then attended the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he was a double Major in Bioengineering and Molecular Biology. During that time he participated in HIV research at the Salk Institute of Medicine as well as at UCSD. This experience directed him toward medicine and he proceeded on to Medical School at New York Medical College, in Valhalla, N.Y.

There he continued to participate in clinical science and in the summers performed research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and authored one of the seminal papers on Ventricular Fibrillation as well as co-authoring other papers in the field. He proceeded to his Residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas. He then continued on to His Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases ( Cardiology ) and Electrophysiology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. CA.

He worked briefly in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before discovering the beautiful Central Coast and moving to Santa Barbara in 2005. He worked with Sansum Clinic until going solo in March of 2013. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is a FACC ( Fellow of the American College of Cardiology ) and FHRS ( Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society ). He speaks 5 languages and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian.

Treatments


Interventions:

Electrophysiology Testing: This is a simple, minimally invasive test to evaluate the electrical system of the heart and to find out why your heart is not beating in a regular way. This is to help determine whether the Treatment needed may be medication, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery. This is done by running small electrodes through the veins in the femoral vein ( upper leg) to the heart without needing surgery or cutting the skin. This is usually a same-day / outpatient procedure.
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Ablation: Ablation is a procedure based on electrophysiology testing designed to modify a small area of heart tissue that is causing or participating in the initiation or prolongation of rapid and irregular heartbeats to restore your heart’s regular rhythm. This is done with catheters which use radiofrequency ( using high frequency electrical signals to heat up the tissues ) or Hypothermia ( using liquid nitrogen to cool down the tissues to cause localized freezing, the equivalent of frostbite) .
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Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is a technique employed to control heart rhythms that are caused by abnormal electrical signals traveling from the pulmonary veins to the atria. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that can be used when medication fails to control AF. During the procedure, catheters are used to terminate (ablate) these abnormal electrical signals and stop them from spreading and continuing to cause AF.
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Implants:

Pacemakers: These are self-contained small devices with a small computer and battery that help the heart from beating too slowly. They are placed below the skin with local anesthetic and connected to small wires which course through the vein in the upper chest to the heart and send impulses to activate the heart cells and help maintain a steady beat.
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Defibrillators: ICDs (Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators) are specialized pacemakers designed to help prevent sudden death in patients with a known risk for or previously occurred sustained ventricular tachycardia or other life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias by delivering a high output shock to reset the heart when needed. They are completely autonomous and function automatically when the situation arises and does not stop on its own.
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Bi-Ventricular Pacemakers / Defibrillators: In the normal heart, the two upper chambers and the two lower chambers need to beat in unison, or “ In sync”. In some forms of cardiomyopathy (weak heart), the right and left chambers do not work in unison (also known as “Dyssynchronous”.)

This can results in an uneven motion of the chambers which results in an inefficient pumping motion which can result in an increase in heart failure symptoms and worsening of the heart function. We can achieve a Synchronous contraction ( Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) ) by inserting strategically placed wires in both ventricles and affecting the timing of the signal to allow for a more uniform motion ( also called biventricular pacing). This therapy has been shown to improve the symptoms of heart failure, quality of life, and in some instances can reverse the weakening of the heart and can restore a normal function ( known as “ remodeling). We take it one step further in our office by adjusting each device individually to the patients’ heart by performing an Echocardiogram (Ultrasound) guided “optimization” (change of the settings so that the contraction is optimal.)
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Implantable Loop Recorders: These are small, implantable heart-monitoring devices that record the heart rhythm continuously for up to four and a half years. They are placed immediately under the skin through a very small incision ( about ¼ of an inch) in the skin with local anesthetic. They record the electrical signals of the heart and allow remote monitoring by communicating through your cell phone or a home unit and sending the recordings through a monitoring service to the physician office. These help diagnose arrhythmias , slow heart beats, or heart pauses.
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