Cardiovascular Services

The Heart and Vascular Institute Delivers Expertise When You Need it Most

The intricacy of your cardiovascular system presents unique challenges when you have a heart or vein condition, such as tachycardia or atrial flutter. It can be difficult to function normally and just as difficult to find the root cause of your symptoms. Your treatment options can vary greatly. That’s why you need a doctor with experience, the support of a network of related specialists and access to the latest technology.

Recognized for Our Innovation and Excellence

Our cardiovascular program has been widely recognized thanks to the quality of our physicians, technology and patient outcomes. University Hospital has consistently ranked among the best hospitals in Texas and the San Antonio region. We also hold several other distinctions including:

  • South Texas’ first cardiovascular hybrid suite – a joint cardiac catheterization lab and operating room
  • The first Magnet healthcare system in South Texas – the gold standard in quality nursing care
  • 2017 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award
  • 2019 American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Award
  • 2019 American College of Cardiology Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award

Heart and Vascular Services You Can Trust

Our Heart and Vascular Institute is led by highly trained cardiologists and vascular surgeons from UT Health San Antonio. We have decades of combined experience treating adults and children with cardiovascular diseases.

University Health System’s cardiovascular facilities are staffed with a comprehensive heart team:

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons
  • Cardiovascular technologists
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Skilled nurses

Our team provides complete heart care – from diagnosis to intervention.

Conditions

We treat patients with cardiovascular conditions at a number of convenient locations around San Antonio. We perform the most advanced procedures to treat heart and vascular conditions.

Our heart care is built on our experience treating structural, muscular and electrical heart conditions, as well as those resulting from insufficient blood flow. Our vascular experts treat a wide range of diseases that affect the arteries, veins and lymph vessels and blood disorders that affect circulation.

Testing and Diagnosis

We perform hundreds of thousands of leading-edge heart and vascular procedures each year. That’s why we rely on a number of state-of-the-art technologies to test and diagnose your condition including:

  • 3-D EP mapping
  • Lexiscan nuclear stress test
  • Angiography
  • Arterial testing
  • Echocardiography and ultrasonography
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies
  • Nuclear exercise treadmill testing
  • Heart biopsy
  • Holter monitoring
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) evaluation
  • Nuclear chemical stress testing
  • Optical coherence tomography

Our medical experts use these and other diagnostic techniques to identify heart and vascular conditions from the most common to the most complex.

Treatment

Our cardiovascular team provides truly comprehensive heart and vascular care. We are at the forefront of vascular care given our expertise in nonsurgical treatments, such as the LARIAT® procedure . This vascular treatment helps reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

We’re also recognized for our work to bring the most advanced heart surgery treatments to South Texas, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).