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Advanced Heart Care Close to Home

Whether you’ve already suffered a heart attack, are worried about your heart attack risk or maybe you’re just beginning to notice that climbing the stairs is making your chest feel tight, Valley Baptist has the resources available to help. The cardiovascular specialists at Valley Baptist can quickly diagnose and treat your heart, helping you catch problems early on and providing important tools and skills for your heart’s health.

Our Diagnostic Services

  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Cardiac and vascular screening
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing
  • Invasive cardiac procedures
  • Vascular ultrasound
Our Heart Care Treatments and Procedures
  • Cardiac catheterization labs
  • Stroke care
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) treatment
  • Electrophysiology
  • Open-heart surgery program

Cardiovascular Services

Cardiac Catheterization

In 1977, Valley Baptist opened its first cardiac cath lab where angioplasty and stent-insertion procedures take place. That was followed by the Rio Grande Valley’s first open-heart surgical suite, and a second cath lab — an Electrophysiology lab for patients with arrhythmia. Today, Valley Baptist is home to five catheterization suites, including technology that uses multiple images for a more precise view of the heart.

Our cardiac catheterization services include:
  • Pacemaker placement
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary stenting
  • Rotablator
  • Directional coronary atherectomy (DCA)
  • Cardioversion
  • Internal automatic cardiac defibrillator placement
  • Impella® heart pump procedure

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen offers a cardiac rehabilitation program with nurses to monitor your progress, and an educational component to help keep you on track. This formal exercise care plan can help get you back in action after a heart attack or heart surgery. Our programs are well established: the cardiac rehab inpatient program started in 1979, and our outpatient program followed shortly thereafter in 1982.

 

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