Our team of affiliated specialists treats approximately 11,000 patients annually, providing the full spectrum of heart care - from medical therapy to advanced heart surgery. Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute - The Woodlands Medical Center offers a wide range of innovative treatments such as:
Cardiac Electrophysiology: Complex Arrhythmia and Atrial Fibrillation Program
The Institute is also a leader in treating electrical problems of the heart, such as atrial fibrillation. Advanced heart mapping technology allows physicians to pinpoint conduction abnormalities in the heart and identify irregular electrical pathways. For instance, electrophysiologists perform an advanced procedure called atrial fibrillation ablation, which normalizes irregular beating of the heart with radiofrequency energy. The procedure greatly improves quality of life and longevity for patients with the disorder, eliminating the need for lifelong blood thinners.
In addition to adult cardiology treatments, the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute – The Woodlands also features the services of an affiliated pediatric cardiologist with UT Physicians in Medical Plaza 2. Learn more about affiliated pediatric subspecialists at The Woodlands Medical Center.
Myxoma Treatment with Mini-thoracotomy
Atrial myxoma is the most common benign tumor of the heart. Surgeons affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute - The Woodlands remove the tumor with a procedure called mini-thoracotomy, a small incision into the chest through the space between two ribs. The advantages include rapid healing, minimal or no activity limitation, and a low risk of infection.
In a heart catheterization, a cardiologist inserts a catheter, or small tube, through an artery and threads it up to the blood vessels of the heart. Doctors typically insert the catheter in the femoral artery, near the groin. The recovery process for this technique can be extensive in order for the artery to heal. There is another technique called transradial catheterization and in this procedure, cardiologists reach the blood vessels through an artery in the wrist, instead of an artery in the leg. It's safer than a traditional catheterization, can be more comfortable for patients and offer a much faster recovery.
Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Device - Impella 2.5, CP, and 5.0 Heart Pump
The Impella 2.5, CP, and 5.0 ventricular assist devices allows physicians to treat patients who would otherwise have no options because they are too sick or high risk to undergo coronary interventions or traditional bypass surgery. As the tiniest pump on the market, the Impella 2.5 device is inserted once a patient gets to the cardiac cath lab.
The device supplements the heart's pumping action during high-risk procedures or in patients who are failing traditional medical therapy. As a temporary bridge, Impella is inserted before and removed after high-risk procedures, such as stenting after a patient has already had multiple vascular bypasses. Or, Impella can be left in place for up to about 10 days, giving a patient's heart time to grow stronger from complications resulting from serious heart conditions and injuries. The 5.0 is surgically implanted in patients that have left ventricular failure in the operating room.
Percutaneous Right Ventricular Assist Device - Impella RP
The Impella RP is a ventricular assist device for diastolic heart failure that can occur on the right side of the heart; this device is also inserted in the cardiac cath lab.
To learn more about the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute - The Woodlands Medical Center, our cardiologists, or treatment facilities please use our contact form here. Schedule an appointment with a Memorial Hermann Cardiologist online or by calling (713) 222-2273.