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Cardiology Services in Dallas

Sophisticated Cardiac Care

The Sam & Anne Kesner Heart Center at Methodist Dallas is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) and offers advanced cardiac care and cardiology services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

More than 20,000 square feet of space located in Pavilion II of the Methodist Dallas Medical Center campus is dedicated solely to providing patients with heart care. Having this single, centralized heart care center for all cardiac diagnostic tests, treatments, and vascular surgery allows for less travel for our patients and their family members.

Diagnostic Tests & Imaging

Echocardiograms, often called cardiac echos, use ultrasound waves to create images of the heart. These images can provide information about the heart's structure and function and uncover many types of problems. An echo can be especially helpful in assessing heart valve diseases.

  • Stress echocardiograms show the strength of the heart muscle by taking ultrasound images of the heart during rest and then immediately after the patient walks or jogs on a treadmill.

  • Dobutamine stress echocardiograms show the strength of the heart muscle using a combination of ultrasound imaging and a chemical stress test. Medicine is injected into a vein to simulate the effect of exercise on the heart while ultrasound images are taken.

  • Transesophageal echocardiograms are performed by guiding a special probe down the throat and into the esophagus while the patient is sedated. This enables the cardiologist to precisely visualize the cardiac valves and other structures of the heart.

Electrophysiology tests evaluate the electrical activity of the heart and determine the area(s) of origination of electrical abnormalities (arrhythmias) within the heart.

  • Tilt-table testing helps find the root of fainting spells, which are often caused by heart arrhythmias. During a tilt-table test, blood pressure and heart rhythm are monitored continuously while a special bed is tilted at different angles.

  • Electrophysiology studies and cardiac mapping determine the origination of electrical arrhythmias in the heart. Cardiac mapping is a much more sensitive and precise method using various catheters to stimulate and track electrical signals in the heart, helping to pinpoint the exact areas of abnormal heart tissue.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center can also perform 3-D cardiac mapping and navigation — the most sensitive tests available to determine areas of heart rhythm abnormality.

  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) measures the heart’s electrical activity using electrodes placed on the chest.
  • Stress ECG tracks heart activity while the patient walks or jogs on a treadmill, or heart activity may be stimulated with medication for patients who may have difficulty on the treadmill. Stress tests may detect heart problems that aren’t apparent when the heart is at rest.
  • Nuclear medicine scan stress test (also called myocardial perfusion scans) uses radioactive material injected into a vein, along with a special camera placed on the chest, to identify healthy and unhealthy heart muscle. The scan is done while the patient is resting and again after the patient walks or jogs on a treadmill or uses medicine to speed up the heart.
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath) helps determine the existence and/or severity of coronary artery disease. Small, flexible, sterile catheters are inserted into various blood vessels and structures of the heart, and with the help of contrast agents, doctors can identify any blockages (lesions) within the coronary arteries.
  • Digital cardiovascular imaging is a sophisticated imaging technique captures, processes, and stores images of blood vessels in digital format, and requires only half the radiation of traditional imaging. Digital cardiovascular imaging may be recommended for people who have coronary artery disease.
  • Angiogram is an X-ray test producing images of the blood flow within major arteries or veins. A thin, flexible tube is threaded into a blood vessel in the arm, while a dye or contrast material is injected to make the vessel more visible in the X-rays.
  • Doppler ultrasound is an ultrasound used to track the speed of flood flow while imaging the heart and blood vessels.

Procedures & Treatments

  • Specialized cardiac labs

    • Cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology procedures involve small, flexible catheters, wires, balloons, and stents that are threaded into coronary blood vessels by a cardiologist to diagnose and treat heart problems.

    • Electrophysiology (EP) diagnoses and treats electrical abnormalities and arrhythmias of the heart.

  • Impella Pump Implants

    • We are proud to offer our patients the world’s smallest heart pump.

  • Implantable converter defibrillators and pacemakers

  • WatchmanTM is a permanent heart implant for patients with Atrial Fibrillation that can help prevent blood clots, and by extension, strokes.

  • Coronary angioplasty or PTCA (balloon angioplasty) opens narrowed sections of arteries using a balloon on the tip of a long, thin catheter. The catheter is inserted into the affected coronary vessel and threaded to the narrowed section. The balloon is then inflated to flatten the buildup on the inside of the artery, widening the passageway for blood.

  • Coronary stent implantation is performed by expanding tiny, flexible stainless steel stents into the artery to keep it open once the angioplasty balloon has reopened the vessel. Some stents may be coated with medicines that prevent restenosis (abrupt closure of the artery).

  • Biventricular device implants (pacemakers and defibrillators) are devices that pace both ventricles (lower heart chambers), increasing the amount of blood pumped to the heart. They can dramatically improve the quality of life for patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

  • Cardiac ablations (electrocautery) procedures are used to correct abnormal heartbeats. A special catheter is threaded into the heart, and small areas of tissue that are interfering with the heart’s electrical signals are burned away, often permanently curing the abnormal heart rhythm.

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

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Heart Health Risk Assessment

The Key to Preventing Heart Disease is Managing Your Risk Factors

Did you know:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.

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Methodist Dallas Cardiovascular Consultants, our onsite clinic, offers seamless service between physicians, hospital services and procedures, and records.
221 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pavilion II, Suite 831
Dallas, TX 75208