At HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, we put our hearts into caring for yours. Our unparalleled cardiovascular team, innovative technologies and specialized programs are all aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from heart and vascular diseases, including heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease and more.
Our heart and vascular specialties include:
- Cardiac (heart) and vascular surgery
- Diagnostic and interventional cardiology services
- Heart and vascular screening and imaging
- Cardiac rehabilitation and recovery
Our patients receive a broad continuum of heart and vascular care from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and support for healthy living. Each patient’s program is customized for their needs and situation, including a combination of inpatient and outpatient services. Our highly skilled cardiovascular team (including cardiology nurse practitioners) provides expert services under the direction of the patient’s cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
We received the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI Cycle III by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the first in the area. The Society's accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
We are committed to bringing the latest in technology and treatments to your neighborhood. Our interventional cardiology program was the first in the region and evolved to offer the area’s only open-heart surgery.
In addition, interventional cardiology is used by the highly trained cardiology specialists at our hospital to rapidly diagnose and treat acute heart attacks. This is the process of using cardiac catheterization to diagnose and treat heart and vascular disease.
Approximately 1,100 interventional cardiology procedures are performed at HCA Houston Healthcare – Kingwood each year. Utilizing four “cath labs” and our newly renovated and expanded pre-operative and post-operative recovery area, our interventional cardiologists perform:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Balloon angioplasty
- Coronary stent procedures
- Peripheral diagnostic studies and interventions
- Implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
A heart attack is an emergency medical condition that occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked or stopped. Blockages are formed when there is a buildup of plaque, normally formed from excess fat and cholesterol. The faster that blood flow is restored, the less damage is done to the heart and the better outcomes are for the patient. That’s why the “door-to-balloon time” is an important benchmark.
At HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, we work closely with EMS providers to achieve a door-to-balloon time averaging 67 minutes – well below the national standard of 90 minutes.
Signs of a heart attack
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Here are signs that indicate a heart attack may be happening:
- Chest discomfort – most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back; it can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort
Other signs may include nausea, lightheadedness or breaking out in a cold sweat.
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.