Heart and vascular specialists in San Antonio, Texas

Methodist Heart

For more than 55 years, Methodist Healthcare has delivered innovative and comprehensive heart, lung and vascular care to patients of all ages. As the largest provider of cardiovascular services in South Texas, the Methodist Heart program maintains a world-class reputation and has received several prestigious accreditations for clinical excellence.

The breadth of cardiovascular services offered through the Methodist Heart network ranges from performing milestone “first” procedures in Texas, to being the only system offering an array of comprehensive cardiovascular services comparable to nationally recognized leaders. At the center of this program is the Methodist Heart Institute (currently Hospital) located at Methodist Hospital in the South Texas Medical Center, which offers the most comprehensive and specialized cardiovascular services in the region.

To schedule and appointment or find a doctor, please call the Methodist Healthcare at (210) 575-0355.

Methodist Heart milestones

  • Largest Heart Transplant Program in South Texas, saving over 500 lives
  • South Texas’ only Aortic Aneurysm Program
  • Over 1,000 TAVR procedures performed
  • Over 140 ECMO procedures performed yearly (ELSO AWARD winning)
  • 25 Cath labs
  • 5 Accredited Chest Pain Center(s)
  • 2 Heart Failure Centers (Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Northeast)

17 locations, 90 providers, 20 Cardiac Subspecialties and 322,849 Cardiac Procedures 2015-2019 (Medical, Procedural, Surgical).

Cardiovascular conditions we treat

  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Aortic aneurysms/abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial septal defect (birth defect that causes a hole in the wall between the heart’s upper chambers)
  • Cardiomyopathy (hereditary disease of the heart muscle)
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Chest pain
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs)
  • Diabetes
  • Diastolic dysfunction (stiff heart muscles)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart murmurs
  • Heart disease
  • Heart valve diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Long Q-T syndrome (heart rhythm disorder that can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats)
  • Mitral valve prolapse (improper valve closure between the upper and lower left chambers)
  • Myocarditis (heart wall inflammation)
  • Patent foramen ovale (hole between the upper chambers of the heart)
  • Pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension (we have a pulmonary care page)
  • Rheumatic fever (disease resulting from inadequate treatment of strep throat or scarlet fever)
  • Silent ischemia (restricted flow of oxygen-rich blood)
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Syncope (fainting as a result of low blood pressure)
  • Vascular disease

Pediatric heart conditions we treat

  • Chest Pain
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Arrhythmia conditions
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart tumors
  • Hypertension
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of great arteries (TGA)
  • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
  • Valve disease

Services and procedures we perform

As the premier cardiovascular services provider in the region, the highly experienced cardiologists, pulmonologists and surgeons perform the comprehensive services and procedures offered throughout the Methodist Heart network, which include:

  • Disease management
  • Preventative cardiology
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Cardiovascular Testing and Imaging: Methodist Heart’s comprehensive cardiovascular care includes the following testing and imaging services to help determine the best course of treatment for your condition.
  • Cardiac Genetic Testing: Cardiac Genetic testing is provided for patients with an inherited cardiovascular condition who may have few or no symptoms but still face significant risk of heart disease, including sudden cardiac arrest. Genetic testing can improve cardiovascular diagnosis, prognosis, and management.
  • Cardiac Stress testing: Imaging stress tests take pictures of the heart while it is working hard. There are two kinds of imaging stress tests. One takes pictures with sound waves. Another kind uses a little bit of a radioactive substance to get pictures. You may need an imaging stress test if you have symptoms of heart disease, like chest pain. You may need one if you are at high risk for heart disease or already have heart disease. This type of test can help your doctor decide on the best treatment for you.
  • Cardiac CT: Cardiac CT heart-imaging tests use CT technology with or without intravenous (IV) contrast (dye) to visualize the heart anatomy, coronary circulation, and larger vessels such as the aorta, pulmonary veins, and arteries.
  • Echocardiogram 3D Imaging: Echocardiography is a major diagnostic tool for imaging the structure and function of the heart. Three-dimensional echocardiography is a cutting edge imaging technique used to obtain a detailed look at a patient’s heart in motion. These high definition images allow our provider to detect holes in the heart walls, problems with heart muscle contractions, and structural issues with heart valves.
  • Nuclear Imaging: This type of advanced imaging test uses special radionuclide dyes, or tracers, to check blood supply to the heart muscle and heart function. During the test, a small amount of dye is injected into the patient's vein and through a camera a technician looks for areas of the heart that are not receiving enough blood.

Cardiac procedures and surgery

At the center of the Methodist Heart network is the Methodist Heart Institute, which has created a highly specialized offering of services through the following centers and programs:

  • Adult congenital heart program
  • Aortic center
  • Arrhythmia center
  • Cardio-genetics program
  • Cardio-oncology program
  • Cardio hospitalist program
  • ECMO program
  • Heart failure and transplant center- providing advanced heart failure care
  • Heart valve center
  • Lung center
  • Vascular program

Specializing in pediatric cardiovascular services and procedures, the Methodist Children’s Heart Institute is one of the leading pediatric cardiovascular facilities in South Texas, and offers the following services:

  • 2-d and 3-d echocardiogram- fetal, infant and child
  • Angiogram and interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac CT imaging
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Heart failure
  • Hybrid procedures
  • Pediatric arrhythmia procedures and ablations
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Pediatric congenital heart program
  • Pediatric critical care (PICU, NICU)
  • Pediatric ECMO program
  • Valve disease

Advanced cardiac technologies and procedures

Taking care of the most hearts in South Texas means we have to stay current on the newest procedures and technologies. From advanced tools for diagnosing conditions to the latest surgical technologies, Methodist Heart is at the forefront of new technologies and the latest medical procedures.

Convergent maze procedure

The convergent maze procedure uses radio-frequency (heat) to produce lesions (scar tissue) to block abnormal electrical signals in the heart.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of life support used for babies, children and adults with life-threatening heart and/or lung problems

Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft (MICS-CABG)

MICS-CABG is performed using only a few small incisions in the chest, instead of having to open up the chest cavity for open heart surgery.

Hybrid procedures

Hybrid procedures are able to combine surgeries so that patients receive the benefits of multiple surgeries while only having to undergo the surgical process once.


S-ICD is a new option for patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest

Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device

Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device is a first-of-its-kind, proven alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (afib)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure used to replace the aortic valve when it has narrowed or is failing to open properly.

Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR)

TMVR is a minimally invasive treatment for patients with mitral regurgitation that uses the MitraClip® device, this procedure is ideal for patients who are unable to undergo surgery but are experiencing adverse effects from a mitral valve leak

Ventricular assist devices (VAD)

These devices take over the function of one of the ventricles in your heart. They take blood from chambers of the heart and help pump it to the body, supporting the heart. There are two types:

  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
  • Right ventricular assist device