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Cardiovascular Care in the Brazos Valley

St. Joseph Health’s cardiologists, researchers, and auxiliary staff are passionate about continuously improving the diagnosis and treatment of all types of heart disease.

We are recognized for making ground-breaking progress in treating many heart conditions and providing exceptional care, but all this recognition would be meaningless without the results we achieve for our patients. That is where our passion lies.

Our goal is always to provide the least invasive option to treat heart conditions. This approach delivers excellent results for each patient with the shortest possible recovery time.

Advanced care for complex heart conditions

As a leading heart care center, our nationally recognized cardiologists and heart surgeons have access to the most advanced resources available to diagnose and treat heart conditions, including:

  • Aortic stenosis - this occurs when the heart's aortic valve narrows, preventing the valve from opening fully and obstructing blood flow
  • Arrhythmia - an irregular heartbeat
  • Atrial fibrillation - an irregular heart rhythm
  • Cardiomyopathy - enlarged, thick, or rigid heart muscle
  • Carotid artery disease - this occurs when plaque builds up in the carotid artery in the neck, causing it to narrow
  • Congenital heart disease in adults - a defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that predates birth
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD) - the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries
  • Heart disease - a defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels
  • Heart failure - the reduced ability of the heart to pump blood
  • Hypertension - high blood pressure
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) - a blockage that affects blood vessels outside of the heart
  • Valvular heart disease - this condition is characterized by damage to or a defect in one of the four heart valves of the heart
  • Vascular disease - this includes diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels, or blood disorders that decrease circulation
     

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Heart and vascular program highlights

  • Recognized experts in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery
  • A leader in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias
  • Recognized heart attack care that consistently exceeds national standards for time-to-treatment
  • The region's first Accredited Chest Pain Center with the highest level of accreditation in the region
  • A full range of treatment options for atrial fibrillation, including the WATCHMAN procedure, catheter ablation, and mini-maze
  • Equipped to offer specialized treatment to patients with heart failure to help them manage chronic heart disease and improve their quality of life
  • A team of cardiologists and surgeons who have been pioneering cardiac care for decades and performing more robotic and minimally invasive heart procedures than any hospital in the region
  • In 2006, St. Joseph Health became the region’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center in the Brazos Valley. Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
  • Honored with GWTG Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award by the American Heart Association in 2020.
  • Honored with Mission: Lifeline:registered: STEMI Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association in 2020.
  • Honored with Mission Lifeline:registered: NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award in 2020.
  • Honored with Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center - Silver Plus Award by the American Heart Association in 2019.
  • Honored with Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Award and Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Bronze Plus Award by the American Heart Association in 2017.
  • Received the American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care NCDR Action Registry - Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award in 2016.
  • Received the American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care NCDR Action Registry - Get with the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award in 2015.
  • Honored with the Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving Award by the American Heart Association in 2015.
  • The area's only Accredited Cardiac Rehab Program by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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Patient Stories

Jeff Spencer

“The care I received in Bellville, Bryan and in Cardiac Rehab was excellent.” The steady communication and attentiveness of Jeff Spencer’s care teams at CHI St. Joseph Health helped to put Jeffrey Spencer and his wife at ease recently when he suffere...

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Tatianna Curtis

CHI St. Joseph Health EMS and AirMed 12 Save Teen in Cardiac Arrest Tatianna “Tia” Curtis was telling her mother about her day at work one evening, when she suddenly closed her eyes, and her body began to fall against the wall. “She was out – just g...

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Featured Updates

Ask a nurse navigator: How does WATCHMAN help with AFib?

SEP 13, 2021

Interested in getting the WATCHMAN™ implant for non-valvular AFib? Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the WATCHMAN™ device.

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Lowering the Brazos Valley’s Stroke Rate With WATCHMAN™

JUL 30, 2021

St. Joseph Health is the first provider of the WATCHMAN device in the Brazos Valley. We’re dedicated to innovating cardiovascular care in Central Texas....

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