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Chest Pain Center

The Highest Level of Accreditation in Bay Area Means Unparalleled Care for Patients.

Society of Chest Pain CentersEvery year, more than 6 million people visit hospitals and emergency rooms with chest pain. That’s why it’s critical to know you are receiving the highest level of care in the most efficient way….because with any type of cardiac event, time matters. And every minute counts toward preserving heart muscle.

We are proud to be a full Cycle III with PCI Accredited Chest Pain Center, a distinction given by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This is truly a testament to our commitment and resources for providing the highest quality of care for people with chest pain.

Ensuring every cardiac patient receives the most efficient, appropriate care is a collaboration involving a team of caregivers – from pre-hospital providers who make the initial assessments, to the Emergency Department staff, as well as our Cardiac Cath Lab team, our inpatient units and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Our staff works seamlessly to ensure exceptional treatment for our patients. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our staff works closely with Emergency Department personnel to achieve quick door-to-balloon times. While the national benchmark is 90 minutes, door-to-balloon times in 2010 averaged 63 minutes at The Heart & Vascular Hospital.

Also, when many of the local EMS services recognize a STEMI (a type of heart attack) with a patient out in the field, our team can receive an EKG directly from the ambulance via our Lifenet system. The patient’s information is then fed into our wireless database program, and our Cath Lab team is immediately contacted – all while the patient is being transported. Our team is educated on the patient’s condition and prepared for their treatment. This is critical to the patient’s care, as the least amount of time from the onset of a STEMI to the restoration of blood supply, the greater the chance for survival.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and Echocardiogram Services

Using the latest technology, the EKG/Echo Department offers an extensive range of diagnostics and services to patients. An EKG tech responds to all Rapid Responses and “Code Blue” alerts, in the event an EKG is needed. Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

Cardiac Imaging Services

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 revolutionary 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 ease of use, yielding a significant evaluation of the coronary arteries.

High-Tech Cardiovascular Operating Areas

The three operating rooms in The Heart & Vascular Hospital have technology unavailable elsewhere in the South Houston region. Sophisticated mounting systems, lighting, operating room tables, equipment, cameras, image-capture systems and information networks are all integrated into one electronic system under the control of the surgical team. Our vascular operating room is a hybrid surgical suite and endovascular room, with a $1 million cutting-edge imaging system. Digital images can be captured, saved and instantly transmitted to another location via our digital imaging system. Our highly skilled Cardiovascular OR staff – which includes specialized RNs, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, surgical technologists and in-house perfusion (who operate the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery) – is available around the clock and provides support for cardiovascular surgical emergencies.

The Valve Clinic

The Valve Clinic at The Heart & Vascular Hospital brings together cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists to offer the most coordinated care for patients with valvular heart disease.

The landscape of cardiology is ever-evolving and today’s patients with valve disorders are typically older and their conditions more medically complex. These dynamics require a comprehensive, flexible approach to care. The Valve Clinic is a collaborative, multidisciplinary program focused on the evaluation and treatment of vascular heart disease like aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. 

The Valve Clinic is a reflection of our belief that patients with valve disease requires specialized management in all phases of care, and builds on our long tradition of excellence in caring for hearts.

We have organized a group of experienced experts from several specialties to offer the most complete, fully integrated care.

The  Valve Clinic at The Heart & Vascular Hospital features:

  • New patient evaluations by cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other specialists as needed – all in one place
  • Non-invasive evaluation including cutting edge quantitative and echocardiography techniques
  • Minimally invasive surgical options
  • Comprehensive perioperative support services from on-site pulmonary/intensive care specialists

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