Heart disease remains a leading threat to the health of Americans. That’s why it’s so important to have leaders in heart care so close to home, 24/7, whenever you need it. Our experienced heart team is committed to delivering expert care for your heart. We offer a broad spectrum of cardiac services, from sophisticated testing for early diagnosis and treatment to heart surgery. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. At The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, you can expect a personalized, coordinated approach and the caring attention you deserve — all aimed toward achieving great results.
We offer a broad array of heart-related services, all delivered with compassion and exceptional expertise:
Chest Pain Protocols
Is it heartburn — or a heart attack? A fast answer to that question could save your life. If you feel chest pain, our emergency department provides prompt care. Special protocols and testing help our team quickly diagnose whether a patient is experiencing a heart attack.
Cardiac catheterization helps doctors evaluate how well the heart is functioning and whether there are blockages in the arteries. During the procedure, physicians insert a very thin flexible tube into a major vein and navigate it to the arteries around the heart. Using advanced imaging technology, doctors can see whether there is plaque build-up in the heart’s vessels. If blockages exist, surgeons use treatments such as angioplasty or stent placements to restore better blood flow. Since cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure, most patients feel better within hours and some can go home the same day.
Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can produce clear, detailed views of the human heart and help doctors detect heart disease with pinpoint accuracy. Our advanced diagnostic testing capabilities include:
- 64-slice CT scanner
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Nuclear medicine cameras
- Transesophageal echo
- Stress testing
- Holter and event monitoring
When necessary, we can draw from a wide range of surgical options to treat and correct heart disease. Some of the most common procedures are:
Coronary Bypass Surgery
This procedure re-routes blood around clogged or narrow arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen levels to the heart.
Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
This procedure is an option for those with less complicated blockages, usually at the front of the heart. Because the procedure uses tiny incisions, patients often benefit from less scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
Heart Valve Surgery
This procedure repairs or replaces heart valves that are defective from birth or that have been damaged.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
After heart surgery, patients receive the specialized care they need in our intensive care unit. This unit is equipped with high-tech monitoring systems to help assure the heart is functioning properly as patients recover from surgery and heart disease.
A comprehensive variety of Electrophysiology procedures are performed inside the catheterization labs at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas – everything from diagnostic studies to pacemaker implants and catheter ablations. By providing the latest and most updated technology available, our patients can rest assured that they will be cared for by the most experienced team of expert physicians in the community assisted by highly qualified staff who are devoted to providing individualized patient care with a commitment to compassion and healing.
- Diagnostic Electrophysiology Studies
The Diagnostic EP Study is a procedure that is sometimes performed for patients who have been diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). It will help the doctor determine the location of the arrhythmia and recommend the best method of treatment. An EP study may last anywhere from one to three hours.
Using catheters placed into the right side of the heart, physicians perform programmed electrical stimulation (PES) to determine the electrical properties of the heart and to initiate abnormal heart rhythms.
- Catheter Ablations
Ablation is a treatment approach that involves identifying and eliminating cardiac arrhythmias using radio frequency or cryothermal energy sources. A cardiac electrophysiologist is assisted by specially trained staff in ablating tissue identified as the source of arrhythmias. The goal of ablation is to redirect electrical patterns causing arrhythmias so that the heart beats normally again. Catheter ablations are performed for patients experiencing atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and supraventricular tachycardia.
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implants
An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. When it detects a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm, it delivers energy to the heart muscle. This causes the heart to beat in a normal rhythm again. Ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation are two life-threatening heart rhythms that cause the heart to beat very fast. These conditions require urgent treatment or death can occur. There are different types of ICDs, and your doctor will choose a device based on your condition.
- Permanent Pacemaker Implants
A pacemaker is a device that sends small electrical impulses to the heart muscle to maintain a suitable heart rate or to stimulate the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). A pacemaker may also be used to treat fainting spells (syncope), congestive heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There are different types of pacemakers, and your doctor will decide what type of pacemaker you need based on your heart condition. Your doctor also determines the minimum rate (lowest heart rate) to set your pacemaker. When your heart rate drops below the set rate, the pacemaker generates an impulse that passes through the lead to the heart muscle. After the pacemaker implant procedure, the doctor uses an external device (programmer) to program final pacemaker settings. The procedure to implant a pacemaker generally lasts approximately two hours but may last longer.