If you experience heart attack symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.  In a cardiac emergency, a fast, comprehensive response can be the difference between life and death.  That’s why for Fort Bend County residents there’s only one place you need to be – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land is opening a newly expanded, state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center to expedite care for cardiac patients. As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, Houston Methodist Sugar Land demonstrates the highest level of expertise in treating heart attack patients, exceeding national standards in the most critical components of cardiac care.

In fact, patients are typically evaluated and treated in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab in less than one hour after arriving at the emergency room, well below the national average.  The hospital’s Emergency Cardiac Response Team is specially trained to stabilize heart attack patients as quickly as possible after they arrive at the emergency room.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land is also the only facility in Fort Bend County that performs open-heart surgery, including the most complex cases.

“When a heart attack patient arrives in our ER, we are prepared and ready to respond immediately to provide the proper level of care, including both intervention via cardiac catheterization, or surgery if necessary,” said B. Keith Ellis, M.D., Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.  “Other facilities in the area have cardiac emergency services but lack the surgical component, which is critical. We are the only hospital in this area to have 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week coverage with both interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons – all supported by the latest and most sophisticated technology and facilities.”

The new Heart & Vascular Center, which opens in August, now brings together all the hospital’s cardiac resources in a specially designed facility adjacent to the hospital’s emergency room. 

The Heart & Vascular Center includes a 19-bed observation unit – where patients can be closely monitored by highly-trained and experienced physicians, nurses and support staff – and four state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs.  

“In a cardiac emergency, minutes count,” said Ellis.  “Our new facility is designed to enable us to quickly diagnose patients and carry out the proper course of treatment, all right here under one roof.”

Patients undergoing non-emergency procedures also benefit from the expertise and leading technology at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. “If there is a complication during a planned cath lab procedure, for example, other hospitals would have to transport you by helicopter or ambulance to another facility,” said Ellis.  “That takes away precious time, which can increase the damage to your heart.  We handle everything right here in the Heart & Vascular Center with a team of experienced specialists including cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular/thoracic surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists – most of whom worked for many years in the Texas Medical Center.”

For more information about our new Heart & Vascular Center, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland or call 281.274.7500 for a physician referral.  Visit our Facebook for the latest news, events and information.