Welcome to the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Named after heart surgery pioneer Dr. Michael DeBakey, the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center is committed to providing patients with the highest quality care today and fostering a brighter tomorrow through research and innovation.
As one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the united States, our mission is to provide the most effective, efficient, and compassionate cardiovascular care through research in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, education and a full continuum of patient care to the satisfaction of those we serve.
Our vision is to become the premier international benchmark for cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.
Houston – 9/24/2013
A tweak in how a life-saving balloon pump is placed inside the aorta could help some heart failure patients survive long enough to get a heart transplant and improve outcomes.
Houston – 9/15/2013
When unclogging a drain, plumbers insert a device from the top and guide it down to push through the grease, hair, or whatever is causing the blockage. Endovascular surgeons use the same technique when trying to open up the vessels of patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a serious condition that develops when arteries in the legs become clogged.
Houston – 8/23/2013
The fifth annual Cardiovascular Fellows' Bootcamp brought more than 150 cardiovascular trainees from across the United States to Houston earlier this week for hands-on training in and discussion of the latest advances and techniques in cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine.
Houston – 7/29/2013
Dr. Basel Ramlawi, a Houston Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon, thinks he can prevent strokes in millions of people who have atrial fibrillation and require blood-thinning medicines to avert formation of life-threatening blood clots. Ramlawi soon will lead a national, Phase IV, multi-site clinical trial to prove the surgery's effectiveness.
Houston – 7/10/2013
Drugs that help millions of people cope with acid reflux may also cause cardiovascular disease, report scientists from Houston Methodist Hospital and two other institutions in an upcoming issue of Circulation (now online). It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, might cause cardiovascular problems.
Houston – 6/24/2013
A new heart valve can be implanted in people suffering with adult congenital heart disease without open heart surgery. Many adult congenital heart patients have undergone multiple heart surgeries by the time they reach their 20s.
Houston – 3/4/2013
John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned expert on the use of stem cells to repair blood vessels, has agreed to join Houston Methodist Hospital faculty as chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. He starts work July 1.
Two brothers with muscular dystrophy live with heart pumps that help keep them alive
Houston – 1/28/2013
Tyler Wertz, 18, and his 16-year old brother Austin Tucker, fight, tease, love and support each other like most brothers do. Unlike most brothers, however, they share the same uncertain future—both have heart assist devices keeping them alive while they struggle with a debilitating disease.
As young boys, Tyler and Austin were diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that slowly weakens the arms and legs and damages the heart.
"Sometimes I'll be walking and I'll fall down for no reason," Tyler said. "It can be scary and embarrassing, but it's just something I have to deal with."
In 2010, Tyler's heart condition became so grave that doctors at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a battery-run device that assists the pumping of the heart, in an attempt to improve his quality of life. Austin received one in 2012.
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Several times a year, the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center invites colleagues from around the world to continuing medical education conferences, where our world-renowned experts share the benefits of their knowledge.
Vascular Nursing Bootcamp
1/24/14 - 1/25/14
This conference is intended for nurses and nurse practitioners currently practicing in the areas of vascular medicine and surgery who would like to broaden their understanding of these topics to enhance their management skills of these patient populations
The objective of this conference is to provide a comprehensive curriculum on topics related to vascular nursing for nurses and nurse practitioners. The focus of the conference will be to improve the knowledge related to the care of vascular surgery patients as well as clinical skills.
The conference will consist of one half day and one full day of didactic lectures on current topics related to vascular nursing and surgery.
Total Endovascular Series:
Lower Extremity II and Limb Salvage
Houston – 3/6/14 – 3/8/14
Lower extremity arterial occlusive disease leading to rest pain and tissue loss continues to increase and the need for education and training in limb salvage is apparent. As a result of the recognition of the need for effective and rapid response to lower extremity critical limb ischemia, limb salvage programs have been developed to offer a multidisciplinary, multimodality approach to the treatment of these patients. These programs have as their primary goal appropriate and rational interventions in the affected limb, coupled to remediation of the cardiovascular risk present in these patients. This symposium is designed to outline the current approaches to the care of the patient needing limb salvage, including systemic risk factor modification, advanced endoluminal and open intervention, advanced wound care, care of special at-risk groups and the new frontier of gene and cell therapy to allow for distal vascular recovery in the patient with no other treatment options.
This conference is designed for cardiovascular surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists, fellows and residents of the above specialties and their staff.
Re-Evolution Summit V:
MICS Hands-On Summit
3/13/14 - 3/15/14
Cardiac surgery is undergoing a significant paradigm shift towards increasing minimal access surgery within all subspecialty areas of practice. This conference provides up-to-date evidence based information and hands-on exposure to the latest in all aspects of minimal access cardiac surgery with an emphasis on hybrid approaches.
This event is designed for cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, fellows, residents, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners in the cardiovascular specialties.
Southwest Valve Summit II – On the River
4/11/14 - 4/13/14
This Heart Valve Summit – on the River, is designed to highlight case based decision making for the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of heart valve disorders. With an emphasis on functional anatomy, imaging innovation, and percutaneous valve interventions, this course will engage and educate cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, internal medicine specialists, and fellows in training. This interdisciplinary summit will combine short presentations, debates, and an ask-the-expert live valve conference to expose participants to the most relevant medical, surgical, and interventional options for contemporaray patient care. The topics, cases, and discussions will include both accepted and controversial treatment paradigms and will offer novel perspectives and recommendations to all members of the heart valve team.
This event is designed for cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, internal medicine specialists, cardiovascular imaging technologists, fellows, residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in the cardiovascular specialties.
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Heart & Vascular Screenings
Be good to your heart with a Heart & Vascular Screening Package.
It's quick, noninvasive and could save your life. Choose from one of four Heart & Vascular Screening Packages from the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.
You can register for a Heart & Vascular Screening Package online or call 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539).
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U.S.News & World Report
Ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country in Cardiology and Heart Surgery!
Houston Methodist Hospital ranked among the country's top hospitals in 12 specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 America's "Best Hospitals" issue, and again was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas.
Houston Methodist Hospital also again ranked No. 1 in the Houston area in the magazine's Best Metro Area Hospitals list.Learn more