For more than 50 years, we have strived to bring innovative heart and vascular care to men, women and children. Our cardiologists in San Antonio and the surrounding South Texas region are known for delivering quality, compassionate cardiac care to patients of all ages. Here are just a few examples of the way Methodist Healthcare cardiology stands out in San Antonio:
- In 1981, physicians at Methodist Hospital were the first in San Antonio to use balloon angioplasty to open a blocked coronary artery.
- In 1986, San Antonio’s first transplant of a human heart valve was performed by physicians at Methodist Hospital.
- Methodist Heart Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, has the largest heart transplant program in Central and South Texas, having performed nearly 400 heart transplants and implanted more than 160 cardiac assist devices.
- Methodist Heart Hospital and Methodist Stone Oak Hospital are the only private hospitals in San Antonio with hybrid operating rooms (hybrid ORs) which can be used by surgeons to perform complex heart procedures.
- Methodist Heart Hospital was the first private hospital to introduce the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure in 2012 as a therapeutic, less invasive treatment option for patients in their 70s, 80s and 90s who are not candidates for more invasive open heart surgery.
- Methodist Heart Hospital now offers an award-winning program that features around-the-clock 24/7 in-house cardiologists. Patients entering the emergency room with chest pain are sometimes treated with a balloon angioplasty within 30 minutes of arrival. The national average is 90 minutes. The faster we treat patients, the better their chances of survival and less damage to the heart.
- In 2013, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital received the Women’s Choice award for ‘Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for Heart Care.’
Methodist Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and Northeast Methodist Hospital are recipients of a Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for their outstanding care of patients with severe heart attacks.Read the Press Release