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Heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease, describes a range of conditions that affect the heart, especially those that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels. As plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack, stroke or other heart complications. Approximately once every 34 seconds, heart disease strikes someone in the United States. It is the No. 1 cause of death in the world and the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost 380,000 Americans a year.
At Memorial Hermann, affiliated physicians provide a broad range of treatment options for patients diagnosed with arrhythmia, from noninvasive interventions to device therapy to minimally invasive surgery. Learn More»
A collaboration between Memorial Hermann and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute brings together affiliated, board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians who coordinate the best possible treatment plans for individual patients. Learn More»
Memorial Hermann Cardiac Wellness Centers are designed to help people with heart disease participate actively and confidently in their own recovery as they return, as much as possible, to the activities they’ve enjoyed for years. Learn More »
Doctors affiliated with the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center performed the facility’s first heart transplant in October, 2012. Since then, it has become one of the fastest-growing transplant programs in the United States – completing more heart transplants than any other hospital in Houston. Learn More»
Cardiac surgeons access the heart through small incisions in the right and left chest walls. By accessing the heart from the side of the chest, surgeons avoid having to split the breastbone (sternotomy). Learn More»