Comprehensive Heart Care From Surgery to Rehabilitation
If you have heart disease, Texoma Heart Institute (THI), Texoma Medical Center's (TMC) regional center for cardiovascular excellence, has been treating a broad range of emergency and non-emergency heart conditions for more than three decades.
A Premier Program
THI is proud to be one of the premier cardiovascular programs in Texas. Our comprehensive heart program is here for you every step of the way — from interventional procedures and open-heart surgery to recovery and rehabilitation. Specially trained physicians, technologists, nurses and support staff have years of cardiac expertise and work as one integrated team to assist patients and help them recover. 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.
Chest Pain Center
The Chest Pain Center at TMC offers rapid, round-the-clock, evidence-based treatment of heart attack and suspected heart attack.
The center is accredited by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). To receive accreditation, a center must show that it combines evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical guidelines and best practices to produce an effective care model for heart attack and suspected heart attack.
In addition to the standard accreditation, TMC has received an enhanced accreditation from ACC, making it a "Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI." 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 heart in 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.
Catheter-based interventional procedures are performed in THI's fully-digital catheterization laboratories. Cardiac catheterization involves the use of radiological equipment to both diagnose and treat some forms of heart disease. During radiologic imaging, interventional tools such as balloons and stents are fed through a catheter into the coronary arteries to reduce stenosis (blockages) and improve blood flow. In some cases, a contrast material (dye) is injected into the coronary arteries to diagnose blockages. In other cases, cardiac catheterization simply involves measuring the pressure within the chambers of the heart.
Interventional cardiologists at THI specialize in transradial cardiac catheterization, in which they can access a patient's heart through a catheter in the wrist instead of the femoral artery in the thigh. This procedure can reduce bleeding risks and typically allows patients to go home the same day.
The heart specialists at THI perform 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.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
If you are suffering with severe aortic stenosis, which is the narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve opening that restricts blood flow, then Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) may be an option for you. TAVR is an advanced heart valve replacement procedure that offers new hope to patients who are not candidates for open-heart surgery.
Cardiovascular surgeons at THI perform innovative surgical procedures. Our cardiac surgeons are supported by cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists (specialists who operate a heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery), 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 team of medical directors in using advanced technology to perform open-heart surgery while the heart is still beating. During beating heart bypass surgery, cardiac surgeons 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. With backgrounds in cardiac and vascular surgeries, the team employs innovative surgical procedures including “off pump” beating heart surgery.
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of partial cardiopulmonary bypass at the bedside that uses a pump and artificial lung to function as the heart and lungs during the healing process from various injuries. The team at Texoma Medical Center identifies patients that may benefit from the use of this advanced treatment. Patients who may be candidates include those suffering from pneumonia, flu, blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), heart failure and trauma.
The ECMO team at TMC is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of medical professionals. Surgeons, intensive care providers, ECMO specialists (who maintain the ECMO circuits), ECMO coordinator, midlevel providers, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, respiratory therapists and dietitians work together to deliver the highest quality care. Our program functions with a team approach to benefit all aspects of patient and family centered care.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at TMC is a patient-centered program that works to improve the health and quality of life for patients with heart or lung problems. The program emphasizes a personalized approach to recovery through exercise, education and encouragement.