Round-the-Clock Cardiac Care
South Texas Health System Heart in the Rio Grande Valley is one of the first free-standing cardiology and cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. Our cardiac care teams offer advanced diagnostic testing, noninvasive and invasive treatments, cardiac rehabilitation, and preventive education. Our small size is an excellent and efficient setting for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
If you need a referral to a cardiologist affiliated with South Texas Health System Heart, call the South Texas Health System Reserve and Learn line at 800-879-1033.
Cardiologists at South Texas Health System Heart were able to treat Jose Luis Ramos before any severe damage happened to his heart.
South Texas Health System Heart is the ONLY hospital in Texas named a recipient of BOTH the America’s 100 Best Hospitals award for Cardiac Care and the America’s 50 Best Hospitals award for Cardiac Surgery.
Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI
South Texas Health System Heart has received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with primary PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for our care and treatment for patients who present symptoms of a heart attack. The national accreditation is awarded to hospitals for their speed and efficiency in treating chest pain and heart attack symptoms. Hospitals awarded this designation have primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PCI is commonly known as angioplasty, a procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries found in heart disease.
To receive the enhanced accreditation, a hospital must have a call team of cardiac catheterization laboratory staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive at the cardiac catheterization lab within a short, pre-determined window of time, day or night. Accredited facilities also must have documented processes designed to maximize treatment time and improve outcomes. Door to Balloon (D2B) time is the time it takes to get a cardiac patient from the hospital entrance to artery-clearing angioplasty. At South Texas Health System Heart, we consistently strive for and achieve D2B times below the national standard. Our speed in treating heart attack patients saves lives.
Congestive Heart Failure Program
The South Texas Advanced Cardiac Care (STACC) program is a joint effort between South Texas Health System Heart and the Heart Clinic. STACC is dedicated to providing innovative, evidence-based treatment for congestive heart failure (CHF) at several convenient locations in the Rio Grande Valley. A progressive chronic heart condition, CHF affects your heart's ability to pump blood. As a result, your vital organs are starved of the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. Diagnostic services at STACC help CHF patients avoid multiple re-admissions to the hospital or emergency room. Patients receive one-on-one education support, regular phone calls from their physicians, and healthy-living advice.