Advanced Heart Care in San Antonio
In the United States, heart disease is a leading cause of death, claiming approximately 600,000 lives per year. At Southwest General Hospital, an entire team of heart care specialists lends its expertise day-in and day-out to improve heart health in San Antonio. The heart care team at Southwest General Hospital includes interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, nuclear cardiologists, critical care nurses, and more.
Emergent heart health problems – such as heart attack and stroke – are promptly addressed in the emergency department, which uses rigorous chest pain protocols to diagnose the potential heart attack and provide treatment.
Heart care services are available 24/7, right here in your southwest San Antonio neighborhood. From advanced imaging and diagnostic procedures to minimally invasive and open heart surgery, Southwest General Hospital offers virtually everything a patient could need for heart care. Furthermore, physicians offer unique treatment plans – custom made for you – that are delivered with professional coordination and an invaluable patient-education experience. Learn more about heart care services below.
Southwest General Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows physicians to obtain clear, detailed views of your heart, vascular system, and surrounding structures. One or more of the imaging procedures listed below, which may be done here at the hospital on short-notice, could be a part of the diagnostic process for your heart-related health problem.
Patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease may wish to have a Coronary Calcium Scan at Southwest General Hospital. This brief, affordable, and completely painless test may detect signs of coronary artery disease early on, potentially allowing for life-saving treatment.
- 24-hour Holter Monitoring
- Arterial Color Flow Doppler
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Chest and Abdominal X-Rays
- Echocardiography (Heart, Neck, Abdomen)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG)
- Fractional Flow Reserve
- Intracardiac/Intravascular Ultrasound
- Lab Blood Tests
- Nuclear Cardiology
- Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checkup
Interventional & Surgical Procedures
Southwest General Hospital features one cardiac catheterization lab where interventional cardiologists may perform a number of catheter-based procedures. These minimally invasive heart procedures can clear blockages, repair heart defects or aneurysms, and more.
Heart surgeons at Southwest General Hospital perform open heart procedures, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery, and other procedures. The following list is a non-comprehensive list of procedures that may be available – including both catheter-based and surgical procedures:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
- Balloon Angioplasty & Stent Placement
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
- Heart Valve Replacement
- Laser Atherectomy for PAD
- Pacemaker / ICD Implantation
- Ventricular assist device – Impella
- Coronary atherectom
- Thrombectomy device
Heart Conditions Treated
At Southwest General Hospital, physicians work with one another to provide you with effective treatment for your heart condition. Below are a few of the more common heart conditions physicians treat at Southwest General Hospital. This list is not comprehensive. Care for additional heart health issues is available.
- Aortic Aneurysms
- Arrhythmia / Dysrhythmia
- Carotid Artery Disease & Stroke
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Coronary Artery Disease (In-Depth Resource Page)
- Heart Attack
- Heart Valve Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (In-Depth Resource Page)
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Patients who undergo heart surgery and/or need specialized follow-up care may be admitted into Southwest General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, which is equipped with high-tech monitoring systems and specially-trained nurses to help you through the recovery process.
For more information about heart care in San Antonio, call Southwest General Hospital at 1-877-215-WELL. At risk for heart disease? Remember to schedule your coronary calcium screening!