Heart care

HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress offers the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies by utilizing our state-of-the-art digital catheterization lab, comprehensive cardiology suite and operating rooms designed for open heart and vascular surgery.

Our experienced cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and skilled staff of professionals are dedicated to addressing all of your heart’s needs.

We provide the following invasive and non-invasive procedures:

  • Invasive
    • Open heart surgery
    • Stent placement
    • Permanent pacemaker and internal cardioverter/defibrillator insertion
    • Diagnostic catheterizations of the heart
    • Peripherally inserted central lines and port-a-cath placement
    • Carotid angiograms
    • Embolizations
    • Dialysis catheter insertions and graft declotting
    • Vena cava filter placement
  • Non-invasive
    • 24 hour holter monitor application
    • EKG
    • Cardioversions
    • Echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms and stress echocardiograms
    • Nuclear and treadmill stress tests

In addition, HCA Houston North Cypress has a state-of-the-art digital catheterization lab staffed by leading and experienced cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and nurses. The lab is all digital and offer diagnostic catheterizations of the heart, permanent pacemaker insertion, stent placement, and more.

Patients recovering from a heart attack, heart bypass surgery, and other cardiac events can access the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. Treatment includes individualized exercise, education and lifestyle programs to help strengthen their heart.

Heart conditions

Some people may have risk factors or a family history that makes them much more likely to develop a form of heart disease, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Heart attack symptoms and treatment

A heart attack is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Blockages are typically a result of a blood clot, and they cause the tissues in the heart to lose oxygen and die. Heart attacks can be treated with medical intervention

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, where no one doubts what is occurring. However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting help.

While not all are apparent in every heart attack, signs that a heart attack is happening include:

  • Chest discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest which 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 – May occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs – These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If your or someone you love is suffering from some of these symptoms, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately.

Early medical intervention is the best treatment for a heart attack. This allows for physicians to restore blood flow before too much damage is done to the heart. There are also several medications your physician may prescribe to help manage your heart attack and its symptoms.

Often, surgery may be necessary to treat a heart attack. Surgical options include angioplasty, stenting and bypass surgery. The aim of these procedures is to restore proper blood flow to the heart and prevent future blockages.

Heart arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation

Your heartbeat is controlled by a series of electrical impulses. If the flow of electrical signals changes, you can experience an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. Though most irregular heartbeats are harmless, some require medical intervention.

Symptoms that may indicate an arrhythmia include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting

The most common type of irregular heartbeat is atrial fibrillation, which occurs when the electrical signals in the upper chambers of your heart circulate rapidly. The disorganization of the signals results in an irregular heartbeat.

Heart arrhythmias can typically be diagnosed with blood tests, although your doctor may recommend an electrophysiology study in order to diagnose, pinpoint the source and identify the best course of treatment. The electrophysiology study involves inserting small, flexible catheters into a blood vessel and guiding them to your heart. Electrodes on each catheter measure the electrical signals traveling from one chamber to another and map any abnormalities.

At HCA Houston North Cypress, we utilize a special robotic system that combines the benefits of catheter-based procedures with controlled, flexible electrophysiology robotics. The system assists physicians with catheter navigation, providing stability and control.

Cardiology at HCA Houston Healthcare

Cardiology is the medical treatment of the heart and parts of the circulatory system as they relate to the heart. Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the cardiovascular system.

Learn about Cardiology