The Heart Hospital

7002 Williams Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Adjacent to the Bay Area Hospital, The Heart Hospital was built to exclusively serve heart patients. This unique facility is equipped with the latest in heart care technology; offering comprehensive diagnostics, treatment and surgical procedures close to home. From preoperative education to nutrition and cardiac rehabilitation, each of our services is carefully designed to meet the individual needs of heart patients. The 72-bed facility features cardiac catheterization laboratories, state-of-the-art operating rooms, coronary care beds, telemetry beds, noninvasive diagnostic facilities and a fully equipped cardiac rehabilitation center. At The Heart Hospital, our team of physicians and caregivers utilize the very latest technology in cardiovascular service.

  • High-tech Operating Rooms
  • State-of-the-Art Catheterization Labs
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and Cardiac Echo Services
  • Cardiac Imaging Capabilities
  • Patient Care
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

The only exclusive Heart Hospitals in South Texas, the Heart Hospital and Doctors Regional at Corpus Christi Medical Center are on the cutting edge of today’s innovative cardiovascular care. We have blended a superior team of cardiac care experts, modern facilities, the latest medical advancements and unsurpassed personal attention all to care for your heart – right in your own community.

Our patients can expect a seamless system of heart and vascular care – from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and optimum healthy living. Customized programs, with both inpatient and outpatient services, are offered under the supervision of our medical staff.

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Afib
Afib is an irregular heart rhythm that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood and can even result in a stroke. An innovative procedure called Mini-Maze offers new hope to Afib patients for whom no reasonable cure previously existed. In the Mini-Maze procedure, a thoracoscope is inserted through a tiny incision, eliminating the source or origin of the irregular signal, interrupting the transmission of the abnormal signal and allowing the rest of the chamber to resume beating normally.

Mitral Valve Repair
In addition, expert cardiac surgeons also are performing minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgeries, which utilize a smaller operating incision, resulting in decreased scar size, less pain and shorter recovery time.

For more information about the latest surgical treatments, contact the Cardiovascular Program Director at 361.761.2738.

High-Tech Cardiovascular Operating Areas

The operating rooms in the Heart Hospital and Doctors Regional feature technology unavailable elsewhere in South Texas. Overhead mounting systems, lighting, operating room tables, endoscopic equipment, cameras, image capture systems and information networks are integrated into one electronic system under the control of the surgical team.

X-ray images and live ultrasound transesophageal echoes can be shown on any monitor. Digital video and audio equipment records procedures to a cardiovascular digital archival system that allows for intraoperative viewing of studies.

We are proud that the number of bypass surgeries performed off-pump is 80 percent or greater. During off-pump surgery, the surgeon operates on a beating heart; a bypass machine is not necessary. An in-house perfusion team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – enhancing our ability to achieve quality outcomes.
Our vascular operating room is a hybrid of a surgical suite and endovascular room, with a $1 million state-of-the-art vascular imaging system. Digital images can be captured, archived and instantly transmitted to another location via our digital cardiovascular imaging system.

State-of-the-Art Catheterization labs

The latest technologies in our four state-of-the-art catheterization labs give our cardiologists the ability to provide high-quality interventional care. These cardiac and peripheral diagnostics and interventions are enhanced by our digital X-ray and archival web-based imaging systems.

This technology also makes it possible to view even hard-to-see blood vessels with exceptional clarity. Devices such as stents, guidewires and catheters can be clearly visualized during studies and procedures.

In our specialized electrophysiology (EP) lab, intercardiac ultrasound and 3-D mapping enable precise interventional EP procedures.

The Catheterization Lab staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and works with Emergency Department staff to coordinate quick door-to-intervention times. The ED staff, who can receive 12-lead EKGs from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers while they are transporting patients to the hospital, alerts the heart attack team of the patient’s impending arrival, thus saving precious minutes that can make a difference in the patient’s outcome.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and Cardiac Echo Services

The EKG/Echo Department uses the latest in diagnostic technology. An electrocardiogram – known as EKG or ECG – is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. With each beat, an electrical impulse, or “wave,” travels through the heart. This wave causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart. Echocardiography or echo is an ultrasound test that uses sound waves to examine the heart’s structure and motion. During this safe, painless test, the patient lies still while a technician moves a device over the chest. It gives off a silent sound wave that bounces off the heart, creating images of its chambers and valves. The echo can tell the doctor how thick the heart muscle is and how well the heart pumps.

Our EKG/Echo services include:

  • Digital Echocardiogram Image Archival
  • Transthoracic Echoes – Transesophageal Echoes
  • Three state-of-the-art Stress Labs
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Holter Monitoring

Cardiac Imaging Capabilities

Coronary CTA : Among the latest in cardiac imaging technology, our 64-channel, multi-slice CT scanning equipment provides high-speed imaging with high-resolution quality in a matter of seconds.

This cutting edge CT scanner delivers 64 simultaneous slices of .5 mm, the thinnest available in one rotation. The result is precise isotropic data sets that give a cardiac radiologist detailed images of the coronary arteries and vascular system in a matter of seconds with the assistance of an IV injection of contrast material.

This non-invasive procedure provides an impressive diagnostic tool with low-dose exposure and increased user-friendliness for patients, allowing for a significant evaluation of the coronary arteries.

Exceeding the Standard in Patient Care

Private inpatient rooms offer a quiet, peaceful environment for heart patients and their families. Rooms are equipped with in-room charting capabilities, allowing nurses to enter data or view a patient’s chart by the bedside. The need for nurses to move between the nursing station and their patients is significantly reduced.

An ePOM system for computerized physician order entry improves patient safety, reduces medical errors, provides easy access to drug interaction information, reduces order verification call-backs, provides allergy alerts and improves test turnaround times.

Patient safety also is optimized through an eMAR and Barcoding system that incorporates the use of bar codes in medications and the patient armband. This online medication administration record allows nurses to verify correct patient and medication information prior to administering the medication.

Large recliners and flat-screen televisions also make the private patient rooms more comfortable for patients and family members.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense – like what you see in the movies, where no one even questions what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort – most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back; it can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a fatigue, indigestion, shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

Note: As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. – American Heart Association

45% of heart attacks occur in people under the age of 65.
Males account for 47% of all deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease is often under-diagnosed and under-treated in women.

Get Help Fast - Call 9-1-1

If any of these symptoms occur, call 9-1-1. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers can transmit 12-lead EKGs to Corpus Christi Medical Center’s Emergency Room, alerting the heart attack team of the patient's impending arrival. Catheterization labs are on stand-by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide Interventional Cardiology Care, associated Surgical Procedures, and a broad range of Diagnostic Services. Our Chest Pain Center is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers, ensuring that it meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

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