Heart and vascular specialists in San Antonio, Texas

Methodist Heart, Serving Humanity to Honor God

For more than 50 years, Methodist Healthcare has 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.

To schedule and appointment or find a doctor, please call the Methodist Healthcare at (210) 575-6800.

Innovative cardiac care you can trust

Methodist Healthcare has been on the cutting-edge of heart care for the last several decades. Some of our most notable achievements include:

  • 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 Hospital | Stone Oak 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 (TAVR) 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 24/7 in-house cardiologists. Patients entering the ER with chest pain can receive an angioplasty, if indicated, faster than the national average of 90 minutes, many patients are treated within 30 minutes of arrival. The faster we treat patients, the better their chances of survival and less damage to the heart.
  • In 2013, Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak received the Women’s Choice Award® for Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for Heart Care.

Our cardiovascular services include expert specialty care in a number of sub-specialties. We have two distinct centers—South Texas Heart Valve Center and Methodist Aortic Center—that offer individualized care for heart valve conditions and aortic aneurysms, respectively. We also offer care for congenital heart disease through our Adult Congenital Heart Center.

Our heart care services

We value the importance of your heart health. Our priority is to restore your cardiovascular health so that you can continue living a full, active lifestyle. Our health system offers a full spectrum of cardiovascular services, including:

Cardiac rehabilitation

Your heart care does not end after treatment or surgery is completed. Our health system offers complete cardiac rehabilitation services, so we can provide complete care from diagnosis, during surgery and throughout recovery. The cardiac rehabilitation programs across Methodist Healthcare include exercise therapy and education, which help patients regain strength and lessen symptoms of heart disease in their day-to-day lives.

Heart and vascular surgery programs

Methodist Healthcare offers extensive surgical services for both heart and vascular conditions. In addition to traditional, open procedures, we offer a number of minimally invasive options. Our heart and vascular surgery programs are known for offering a full spectrum of services, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), heart transplant, surgical bypass, angioplasty, stenting and much more.

TAVR

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive alternative for elderly or non-operative patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too high risk for open-heart surgery. Instead of opening up the chest cavity, our surgeons insert a new aortic valve through the femoral artery or through a small incision in the chest.

Heart transplant

With the largest heart transplant program in Central and South Texas, we offer medical and surgical therapies for heart failure and other cardiac conditions that meet transplant criteria. Our diverse team consists of physicians, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers and support staff who care for patients throughout their transplant journey.

Cardio-hospitalist program

Methodist Healthcare offers around-the-clock access to cardiologists in San Antonio, Texas. In the event of a cardiac emergency, having cardiologists already on-site can mean the difference between life or death.

The cardio-hospitalist program has many advantages, including lower costs, shortened length of stay for patients, a lower readmission rate for patients and, most importantly, fewer in-hospital deaths linked to a heart attack.

Because of this achievement, the Texas Hospital Association has honored Methodist Healthcare with the 2012 Bill Aston Award for Quality for our commitment to providing outstanding heart care for the San Antonio community. Established in 2010, the award recognizes the hospital’s measurable success in improving quality patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.

Cardio-oncology program

Methodist Healthcare is proud to be on the cutting-edge of cancer care by developing the first cardio-oncology program in South Texas. Our goal is to manage and monitor the effects of cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy, on the heart.

With the goal of being able to predict and detect potential cardiac complications, we aim to minimize cardiotoxicity (damage to the heart muscle caused by drugs or medications used to control a disease) while continuing cancer treatment.

Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic

Genetic Inheritance Pattern - parents carrying a gene may or may not pass it to their children

Although lifestyle factors put a person at risk for heart disease, genetic predispositions may also play a large role in a person’s risk of developing a cardiac condition. Clinical and genetic screenings of patients and their family members, interpretation of test results and personalized treatment strategies can help patients live longer, healthier lives.

Our team at Methodist Healthcare can help answer questions like:

  • Can genetic testing help with my medical care?
  • How likely am I to pass this condition on to my children?
  • Is genetic testing right for me or other members of my family?

The Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, located at Methodist Hospital, offers comprehensive genetic evaluation, counseling, testing and provides seamless care with referring cardiologists and primary care physicians. We help you and your family better understand the many aspects of having, or being at risk for, a hereditary cardiovascular condition. We can test family members for inherited mutated genes that can contribute to a host of heart conditions.

The following is a list of the most commonly known and suspected hereditary heart conditions that we see:

  • Arrhythmia syndrome
    • Long QT syndrome
    • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
    • Brugada syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathies
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
    • Familial dilated cardiomyopathy (familial DCM)
    • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C)
  • Aortic disease
    • Familial thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (familial TAAD)
    • Marfan syndrome
    • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
    • Vascular Ehlers Danlos syndrome
  • Congenital heart disease
    • DiGeorge syndrome
    • Williams syndrome
  • Premature coronary artery disease
    • Familial hypercholesterolemia
    • Other inherited dyslipidemias
To learn more about genetic testing options for your cardiac health call our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at (210) 575-5915.