Services

Heart and Vascular Services

A Leader in Heart and Vascular Care

The professionals at Memorial have provided cardiovascular care at Memorial since the heart unit first opened in 1966. Recognized as a leader and innovator in heart and vascular technology, the Memorial Heart & Vascular Services team provides a full spectrum of procedures to keep things pumping and flowing smoothly.  

Cardiac Catheterization

A long, thin tube is inserted in an artery (wrist or groin) and threaded to the heart. Then, a physician performs diagnostic tests with dye to see how well the heart is working and can insert stents if a blockage is present.

Electrophysiology (EP) Studies

These studies help determine the nature of abnormal electrical activity in the heart. An electrode catheter sends signals to the heart and records activity. Feedback can help determine the best treatment for the patient.

Pacemakers

This small device is implanted in the chest or abdomen and uses electrical pulses to help the heart muscle maintain a normal heartbeat and normal heart rhythm.

Open Heart Surgery

Surgeons have full access to the heart to perform a coronary artery bypass graft, which reroutes blood around a blockage in an artery on the heart. During the procedure, a perfusion machine pumps blood through the body so the surgeon can stop the heart to perform the surgery.

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgeons specialize in procedures located in the chest, including the heart. Thoracic surgery can be used to treat cardiac diagnoses such as valve diseases, ventricle defects and coronary artery disease or lung diagnoses such as lung cancers and collapsed lungs.

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons treat diseases related to the circulatory system of the entire body, including blockages of the carotid artery in the neck, problems in the aorta, the main artery supplying oxygenated blood to the body, and problems in leg arteries.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

When appropriate, surgeons will forego opening the chest and will instead perform surgery through small incisions in the chest.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

This test checks the electrical activity of the heart.  A few of the things an EKG can do include helping determine if heart chambers are too thick, checking the efficiency of devices such as a pacemaker, and seeing  how well medicines are working.

Stress Testing

This diagnostic tool includes increasingly difficult exercise such as walking or running on a treadmill and/or pedaling a stationary bike. Heart rate, blood pressure and an EKG are monitored to show how the heart responds to stress. These tests can also be performed with medicine if someone is unable to exercise.

Comprehensive Heart & Vascular Services
The programs of Memorial Heart & Vascular Services focus on reducing the incidence of cardiac and vascular disease. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures, our goal is to work with patients to achieve optimum longterm health.

  • Preventive care
  • Nutrition counseling services
  • Cardiac and vascular catheterization
  • Non-invasive cardiac and vascular testing
  • Cardiac and vascular surgery
  • Cardiac and vascular interventional procedures
  • Non-invasive/minimally invasive coronary bypass
  • Non-invasive/minimally invasive valve repair and replacement surgery
  • Cardiac and vascular nursing care
  • Cardiac and vascular rehabilitation
  • Support groups
  • Heart failure clinic

Quality
We participate in many national registries for data collection and benchmarking. We also participate in clinical research trials to improve patient outcomes and assist in development of new technology.