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Heart & Vascular

Cardiovascular Services in Fort Worth, TX

Expert Heart & Vascular Services...In Your Own Neighborhood

Cardiac heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Americans are at risk due to our societal influences, our lack of attention to proper eating habits, and the prevalence of diabetes and other genetic risk factors — not to mention, the tendency towards smoking and lack of exercise. “Knowing Your Numbers”, eating properly, not smoking and being aware of the warning signs is your best defense against the nation’s number one killer.

Cardiovascular disease has been known for affecting men, and as a result, men are often more aware of the warning signs that may signal a heart attack. But did you know that women are also at risk equal to or at a greater degree than men? Women have a tendency to ignore pain or other warning signs that would alert them to seek professional medical attention. This may be the reason why In our nation, women die from sudden heart attacks 42% of the time, whereas men die 24% of the time, according to the Women’s Heart Foundation. If you believe you may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. A rapid response is critical for minimizing the damage to the heart and improving chances of survival.

Medical City Alliance is proud to provide scheduled heart procedures in our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab, or a “Cath Lab” as it is often called. Our facility offers the latest in cardiac care technology, one of only a few Bi-Plane Cath Labs in all of Tarrant County. Our Cardiologists and nursing staff utilize the latest techniques and equipment to open blocked coronary arteries, ensuring that your heart continues to function properly.

Patients with abnormal EKG results may still exhibit higher cardiac enzyme levels, minor chest pain, or indigestion and may be candidates for scheduled procedures here at Medical City Alliance. Your cardiologist can provide a customized treatment plan specific to your condition that may include a scheduled procedure including:

Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiogram

A cardiac catheterization is a non-surgical procedure done to study the arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle and to check the function of your heart. During a cardiac catheterization, the cardiologist inserts a small, hollow tube (catheter), into an artery and then guides it into the heart with x-ray assistance. The cardiologist injects contrast (x-ray dye) through the catheter to highlight the arteries and show any blockages or narrowings that may exist. The results of these tests will assist your doctor in diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is a treatment procedure that opens narrowed coronary arteries without surgery. During this procedure, your cardiologist determines the best treatment for your condition. Medical City Alliance offers two procedures including:

  • Balloon catheter angioplasty: During this procedure, the cardiologist inserts a cardiac catheter with a small balloon around it into the coronary artery. The cardiologist then places the balloon in the narrowed area of the artery and expands it with liquid. This pushes the plaque (blockage) to the sides of the artery where it remains. This technique reduces the narrowing and restores the normal size of the artery. The cardiologist removes the balloon catheter once the procedure is complete.
  • Stent: The cardiologist places a small, hollow metal (mesh) tube called a "stent" in the artery to keep it open following a balloon angioplasty. The stent prevents constriction or closing of the artery during and after the procedure. Drug-eluting stents are now used. These stents are coated with medication that helps prevent narrowing of the artery.

Echocardiogram Testing Procedures

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen. Medical City Alliance offers two types of echocardiograms including:

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

Your cardiologist will determine the best option for you based on your conditions and symptoms.

Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

When you have heart failure, the lower chambers of your heart (the ventricles) are no longer capable of pumping as much blood as your body needs. Sometimes, the ventricles also don't pump at the same time. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) uses a special type of pacemaker called a biventricular pacemaker to treat heart failure. This pacemaker sends electrical pulses to make the ventricles pump at the same time. The pacemaker connects to three thin wires, called leads. The leads go into different chambers of your heart. If there is a problem with your heartbeat, the pacemaker sends a painless signal through the leads to fix the problem. The pacemaker also can speed up your heart if it is beating too slowly. In some cases, you may get a pacemaker for heart failure that is combined with a device to shock your heartbeat back to a normal rhythm if it is dangerously fast. The device is called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, or ICD.

Peripheral Vascular Intervention / Angioplasty

Angioplasty (also called percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, or PTA) is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery and guided to the place where the artery is narrowed.

When the tube reaches the narrowed artery, a small balloon at the end of the tube inflates for a short time. The pressure from the inflated balloon presses the fat and calcium (plaque) against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow.

Medical City Alliance is committed to on-going community outreach programs and educational topics. Our physicians are active in the local community, speaking on topics concerning heart healthy awareness, including techniques used in the Cardiac Cath Lab, Imaging, and Surgical Services departments. If you organization is interested in having one of our physicians or nurses speak, please email your request and we will be happy to assist you with your event.