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Heart & Vascular Care

University Health cardiologists in San Antonio are highly skilled at performing some of the most innovative heart procedures to treat patients with unique and challenging heart conditions.

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Call the University Health Heart & Vascular Institute at 210-644-3278.

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

The cardiovascular system presents unique challenges when you have a heart, thoracic or vein condition. It can be difficult to function normally and just as difficult to find the cause of your symptoms. Your treatment options can vary greatly, from medication to heart surgery. You need a team of highly-skilled and experienced cardiologists and access to a health care system that provides state-of-the-art procedures.

Recognized for Our Innovation and Excellence

Our cardiovascular program has been widely recognized thanks to the quality of our physicians, advanced technology and superior patient outcomes. University Hospital has consistently ranked among the best hospitals in Texas and the San Antonio region for heart care.

We also hold several other distinctions including:

  • South Texas’ first cardiovascular hybrid suite – a cardiac cath lab and operating room all in one
  • The first Magnet health care organization in South Texas – the gold standard in quality nursing care
  • 2020 American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Award
  • 2020 American College of Cardiology Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award
  • 2017 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Care 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 experience treating adults and children with cardiovascular diseases.

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

  • Clinical and invasive cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Cardiovascular technologists
  • Skilled nurses

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

Conditions We Treat
We treat patients with cardiovascular conditions at a number of convenient locations around San Antonio. We offer advanced cardiac care for complex 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. We also treat blood disorders that affect circulation.

Our South Texas Aortic Center specializes in treating patients with complex aortic conditions. Some of the conditions we treat include: abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aortic aneurysms, aortic arch disease, acute aortic dissections and aortic syndromes.

We’re also able to help women with high-risk pregnancies through maternal-fetal medicine services at the Women’s Heart Center. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions that impact the cardiovascular system must be monitored carefully for the health of mother and baby. We treat cardio-oncology patients and women with other serious medical conditions. The Center delivers outstanding preventative cardiology care and provides comprehensive assessments for women to determine their risk for developing a cardiovascular disease and their risk level for having a cardiac event during surgery.

Testing & Diagnosis

We perform 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
  • Stress testing
  • Angiography
  • Arterial testing
  • Echocardiography and ultrasonography
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies
  • Exercise nuclear stress testing
  • Heart biopsy
  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) evaluation


Our cardiovascular team provides treatments for common to complex heart and vascular conditions. The Heart and Vascular Institute is a premiere cardiovascular center. We’re focused on offering you and your family the latest and most innovative treatments as a result of cutting-edge research.

We constantly strive to find better treatment options to counter the negative effects of cardiovascular disease. Our cardiovascular team works collaboratively applying a multidisciplinary approach to make sure each and every patient receives comprehensive care from our highly-trained specialists and subspecialists.

We’re at the forefront of vascular care. We provide many nonsurgical treatments. For example, we help many patients with atrial fibrillation using the LARIAT® procedure. This minimally invasive procedure, which ties off the heart’s left atrial appendage, helps to reduce the risk of stroke.

Routinely, we provide the most advanced heart surgeries in South Texas. For those who are unable to undergo open-heart surgery or are at risk for a surgical aortic valve replacement, we’re often able to help those patients with a procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This procedure replaces a narrowed aortic valve that doesn’t open properly.

Our medical and surgical specialists provide a wide range of services for patients who need everything from advanced endoscopy procedures to open-heart surgery. We provide common to complex cardiovascular care. After a full review of your medical history, test results and a comprehensive exam, we determine the best treatment options for your unique, heart or vascular condition.

  1. University Hospital
    4502 Medical Drive
    San Antonio,TX 78229
  1. Andrew Wishy, DO
    Vascular Surgery
  2. Jairo Ramirez, MD
  3. John Smith, MD
    Cardiothoracic Surgery
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