Texoma Heart Institute at Texoma Medical Center
Here for you. Each step of the way.
If you have cardiovascular disease, our comprehensive heart program is here for you every step of the way — from cardiology procedures and open-heart surgery to recovery and rehabilitation.
More than 30 years ago, Texoma Medical Center (TMC) began focusing its resources to create a regional center for cardiovascular excellence — Texoma Heart Institute (THI). Since then, physicians at the hospital have performed approximately 34,000 cardiac catheterizations. In addition, cardiac surgeons at the hospital have performed thousands of surgical procedures since 1989. Today, THI, is one of the premier cardiovascular programs in Texas. After all, the more people we treat, the more people we can return home to their lives.
Our range of experience supports our success. Specially trained physicians, technologists, nurses and support staff bring years of experience into one integrated team—providing the highest quality healthcare possible. This kind of interaction is important because studies show that a heart program’s quality and success rates are tied to its level of experience. When it comes to board-certified physicians, diagnostic equipment, surgical capabilities and history of excellence, THI offers top quality cardiac care that patients and their families deserve.
Texoma Medical Center is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be having a heart attack. Accreditation signifies the cardiac program has demonstrated it has effective processes in place to:
- Reduce the time it takes for patients to progress from the onset of symptoms to the time they receive diagnosis and treatment
- Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can best be preserved
- Monitor patients when it's uncertain if they are having a heart attack to help ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, THI has improved the quality of care it provides for cardiac patients and demonstrated a commitment to higher standards.
Cardiologists at the Texoma Heart Institute have dedicated their lives to caring for hearts. With well over 50 years of combined experience, the cardiologists at TMC have performed thousands of cardiac procedures and changed thousands of lives.
A long life with a healthy heart is our goal for each patient. That’s why THI pairs definitive interventional techniques with teams of specialists to provide advanced care. The interventional facilities include two fully digital catheterization laboratories. The heart team performs thousands of interventional procedures every year, including about 1,600 cardiac catheterizations and more than 600 PTCAs (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties) and other interventional procedures.
The cardiovascular surgeons at Texoma Heart Institute are qualified and experienced in the most innovative surgical procedures. Which means they have the experience and skill to care for the one heart that matters most...yours.
THI's experienced open-heart surgery team is ready for acute cases. Our cardiac surgeons are supported by cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, specially-trained operating room nurses and heart team lab technicians and clinicians. This team performs delicate surgical procedures on a regular basis, bringing a high level of skill and experience to every case. As a result, many patients are able to go home in less than five days following open-heart surgery.
Beating Heart Bypass
A group of specially trained physicians, technologists and nurses are guided by a talented team of medical directors in the use of advanced technology to perform open-heart surgery while the heart is still beating. With "beating heart bypass surgery" the cardiac surgeons at TMC can operate while a patient's heart continues to pump blood through the body, reducing the risk of complications for patients with certain medical conditions.
These cardiac specialists help each patient reach forward to live a long life with a healthy heart. With backgrounds in cardiac and vascular surgeries, the team employs innovative surgical procedures including “off pump” beating heart surgery. The experience, skills, commitment and knowledge of this staff is what carries us, always, on to the next level of cardiac excellence for our patients.
Heart Camp has been developed to prepare patients and their family members on what to expect during open-heart surgery. You'll learn about the process from pre-registration through discharge and beyond. Participants will meet nurses and respiratory therapists who can tell you about:
- Lifestyle changes to make prior to hospitalization
- Breathing exercises to promote a quick recovery
- The operating room experience
- Recovery in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Recovery at home or in rehabilitation facility
- Getting back to your routine
Patient Care Coordinator
Heart Mender Volunteers
Heart Mender volunteers are a group of former open-heart surgery patients, PTCA patients, family members and spouses who volunteer their time to help others who are facing open-heart surgery. This dedicated group of volunteers offer much-needed support and encouragement throughout surgery and recovery.
Heart patients and their families receive continuing support at regular meetings of Texoma Heart Menders: seminars on heart-healthy lifestyles and medical issues, as well as fellowship and support from others who have undergone open-heart surgery or PTCAs.
Open Heart Surgery Support Group
Life after open heart surgery may be different. That's why we offer a quarterly Open Heart Surgery Support Group where you can learn from others and share your experiences.
Read these articles about heart health in the latest issue of Health News from Texoma Medical Center.