Kingwood Medical Center offers expertise of the highest order, cutting-edge technology and a unique team approach to provide better outcomes for our patients. Our highly skilled cardiovascular team is dedicated to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Here, we put our hearts into caring for yours. Our unparalleled team, innovative technologies and specialized programs are all aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 1 million Americans every year. Many people are unaware the disease is both modifiable and preventable to an extent.
The Cardiovascular Program at Kingwood Medical Center provides unparalleled care to thousands of residents in north Harris and east Montgomery counties, allowing patients to avoid the added stress of traveling many miles to the Texas Medical Center. Our patients receive a broad continuum of heart and vascular care from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and optimum healthy living. Customized programs, with in- and outpatient services, are provided by our medical staff under the physician supervision.
Our Interventional Cardiology program was the first in the area and evolved to offer the area’s only open heart surgery. We combine a superior team of cardiac care experts, modern facilities, the latest medical innovations and unsurpassed personal attention to care for you and your heart with highly skilled cardiovascular nursing staff including cardiology nurse practioners.
Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
We offer state-of-the-art surgical treatment options and comprehensive care in an intimate environment. Treatment options available at Kingwood Medical Center include:
- Expertise in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts, Aortic Arch Repair, Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery, Stent Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Surgical treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
- Carotid Endarterectomy and Carotid Artery Stents
- Related cardiology and vascular surgeries
- Minimally invasive mitral valve procedures
Accredited Chest Pain Center
Kingwood Medical Center received the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI Cycle III by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the first in the area. The Society's accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. Click here for FAQs about accreditation of chest pain centers.
Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology Services, Including Cardiac Catheterization
We work closely with EMS providers to rapidly diagnose and treat acute heart attacks. With door-to-balloon times averaging 70 minutes – well below the national standard of 90 minutes – our interventional cardiologists diagnose and non-surgically treat heart conditions.
Approximately 400 interventions are performed at Kingwood Medical Center each year. Utilizing three cath labs, our interventional cardiologists perform:
- Heart catheterization
- Balloon angioplasty
- Coronary stent procedures
- Peripheral diagnostic studies and interventions
- Implant pacemakers and Intra Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
Kingwood Medical Center has the area’s first Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) program – a medical sub-specialty of cardiology/cardiac surgery concerned with the study of rhythm disorders of the heart (abnormal heartbeats). EP studies are performed to assess the electrical activity and electrical pathways within the heart muscle to find abnormal rhythms. These studies help physicians evaluate abnormal electrocardiograms (EKG), detect complex arrhythmias, assess future risk of developing arrhythmias and assist the physician in designing an optimal treatment plan.
Non-Invasive Echo-Vascular Lab
Vascular and Echo lab services at Kingwood Medical Center include:
- Echocardiograms (adult and pediatric)
- Peripheral vascular and arterial ultrasound
- Waveform analysis
- Transesophageal Echo
- Venous mapping
- Carotid flow evaluation
Pulmonary Diagnostics and Stress Testing
This department provides care and diagnosis to inpatients and outpatients, including:
- Evaluation of cardiopulmonary function
- Treatment of cardiopulmonary impairment
- Assessment of treatment effectiveness
- Care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system
Diagnostic tools such as those listed below are used to assist patients with pulmonary deficiencies.
- Pulmonary function testing
- Methelcholine PFT stress testing
- Tilt table stress testing
- Arterial blood gas analysis
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to educate patients who have experienced a cardiovascular event and help them recover faster. The goal of our program is to help patients return to a full and productive life and is divided into three phases:
- Phase I: Inpatient consultation, evaluation and education
- Phase II: Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation with continuous telemetry monitoring for 12 weeks
- Phase III: Cardiac outpatient maintenance program
Our rehabilitation experts combine education, counseling, exercise and lifestyle tips to help patients feel better and live healthier lives.
Aimed at helping heart patients on their road to recovery, we established our Mended Hearts program to help heal the hearts and minds of cardiac patients as they begin to understand the newness and fullness of what life after heart disease can offer. Caring for heart patients inside and out is a goal of the program as well as our hospital.
The program is a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association whose volunteers speak from personal experience. Many were heart patients themselves or have family and friends impacted by a heart condition. It allows trained volunteers to spend one-on-one time with inpatients as they empathize with concerns, answer questions and encourage working towards recovery.
To become involved with our Mended Hearts Program, please contact our Mended Hearts Coordinator at 281-348-8175.
Kingwood Medical Center offers the area's first and only Hypothermia program, an important lifesaving "cooling" therapy for those suffering a heart attack. Emergency services providers are equipped with ice bags that when applied correctly to the heart attack patient, help to lower the patient's body temperature thereby preserving brain function after a cardiac arrest. Emergency responders coordinate this method of care with the Emergency Department physicians at Kingwood Medical Center who are specially trained in hypothermia treatment.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Here are signs that can indicate a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort – most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back; it can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
Note: As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain according to the American Heart Association.
If any of these symptoms occur, call 9-1-1.
Heart Attack Facts
- 45% of heart attacks occur in people under the age of 65.
- Males account for 47% of all deaths from cardiovascular disease.
- Heart disease is often under-diagnosed and under-treated in women.