Innovations in Cardiac Care
The physicians of Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates are on the leading edge of innovations in cardiac care. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary care is their approach for individualizing the treatment of a wide range of common and difficult heart conditions. Patients benefit from broad expertise in treating cardiovascular disorders using the latest endovascular, minimally invasive, open, and hybrid (combination) surgical technologies and procedures; including the latest robotic surgical equipment and techniques. When interventions are required, Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians perform many procedures using minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive heart procedures are performed through smaller incisions and off-pump (with heart beating) such as minimally invasive coronary arterial bypass grafts (MICS CABG). Hybrid surgical procedures are performed in combination with the latest technologies in catheter-based interventions for placing stents and grafts resulting in greater safety, fewer complications, and better outcomes. Patients with advanced heart failure awaiting transplantation at the Methodist Transplant Center are provided with life-saving treatment options including the latest advancements in Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs). Patients will also benefit from Methodist's highly regarded cardiovascular intensive care unit and a continuum of multidisciplinary follow-up care. For patients with aortic dissections, Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians developed the Acute Aortic Treatment Center, an innovative, nationally-recognized program for providing immediate, life-saving treatment.
In contrast to most institutions, all cardiovascular diagnostic equipment and services are contained within the Heart Center. Innovations in imaging technology have resulted in the Cardiac MRI, the 64 Slice Cardiac CT, and the DynaCT which give Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians state-of-the-art capabilities for viewing complex heart and vascular structures. In addition, a broad range of non-invasive techniques based on ultrasound and doppler technologies help determine the presence of heart and vascular defects such as 3-D echocardiograms for detecting heart valve disorders. This in-house diagnostic capability enables Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians to efficiently diagnose and treat heart conditions that other institutions may not be able to treat.