At ETMC, our commitment to heart care began more than 20 years ago with a mission to provide East Texans with advanced cardiovascular services, close to home. Today we continue to lead the way with cardiac innovations that save lives throughout the region.
Here are a few examples of the incredible things that happen every day at the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute.
- Award-winning heart programs
Programs at ETMC Athens, ETMC Carthage, ETMC Henderson, ETMC Jacksonville, ETMC Pittsburg, ETMC Quitman and ETMC Tyler have been named International Centers of Excellence by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE). ETMC joins only 50 centers worldwide to receive this honor.
- Coronary stent procedures
Researchers and cardiologists with ETMC have pioneered the use of stents, including drug-eluting and bioabsorbable versions. Stents are tiny, expandable mesh tubes used to open blocked heart vessels in the cardiac cath lab.
Specialists at Tyler CVC and ETMC have pioneered this revolutionary procedure to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common arrhythmia in the U.S.
ETMC patients with coronary artery disease who are unable to withstand open-heart surgery can now get lifesaving care with the Impella 2.5 heart pump. Using a minimally invasive procedure, the tiny heart pump is inserted to keep patients’ blood circulating while cardiologists treat their artery disease.
- MyHeart First screenings
This program offers seven screenings proven to most accurately detect heart disease and defects, all available at one time and for one low cost. MyHeart First screenings are important because early detection can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Radial First catheterization
ETMC offers a safe, fast and effective way for doctors to perform cardiac catheterization using the radial artery in the wrist rather than femoral artery in the groin, thus improving healing time and eliminating bleeding issues.
Internationally acclaimed for excellence in research and technology, Tyler CVC has been conducting cardiovascular trials for 30 years. Today in partnership with ETMC, an average of 15 clinical trials exist at any given time. This includes research on drugs, stents and other devices that improve heart care for patients worldwide and bring lifesaving innovations to East Texans before others parts of the country have access.
Specialists at ETMC can save the lives of patients in need of aortic heart valve replacement who were previously considered too ill for open-heart surgery, thanks to TAVR, one of the minimally invasive valve procedures at the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute.
“Cardiology here is a very broad and sophisticated program. We have so many different ways to treat patients and such a variety of expertise that we’re able to tailor the right therapy to the right patient at the right time for the most effective treatment.”
– Stephen Sigal, MD, cardiologist
Incredible things happen every day at ETMC.
For information, call the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute at 903-535-6496.
The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute is accredited by the Society of Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication. SHAPE national centers of excellence are committed to improving patient outcomes through the early detection and prevention of coronary artery disease, thereby reducing the number of heart attacks and deaths each year.