Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, affecting more than 13 million people. In Texas, cardiovascular disease accounts for an astounding 40 percent of all deaths. For more than 30 years, the Harris Health System has provided the best and latest treatment options for cardiovascular patients. The cardiology departments at Ben Taub Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital are accredited and nationally recognized programs. Harris Health received the Award of Excellence for Cardiac Care from the TMF Health Quality Institute, the state’s Medicare quality improvement organization. Harris Health was the only system in the Texas Medical Center to receive this award.
Cardiac care at Ben Taub Hospital also received national high marks for staff's quick response time when dealing with patients suffering from one of the deadliest types of heart attacks. According to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, a task force measuring quality cardiac standards for hundreds of hospitals nationwide, Ben Taub's cardiology team posted one of the best door-to-balloon times (47.5 minutes) when treating patients suffering from a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
The national standard for response time is 90 minutes. Ben Taub’s cited time (reported for second quarter in 2012) was better than 90 percent of all other reporting hospitals.
Harris Health also provides non-invasive assessments of heart disease using echocardiography techniques that deliver precise and accurate diagnoses. Harris Health cardiology patients benefit from tried-and-tested treatments that include aggressive medical therapy, risk factor modifications and re-vascularization therapy using coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Ben Taub was the first lab in greater Houston to become fully digitized, further enhancing the care provided to its patients.
The cardiology department provides routine procedures including coronary angioplasty and drug eluting stent placement, as well as specialized procedures including alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, atrial septal defect occlusion, placement of intracardiac defibrillators and carotid artery stenting.
Highly specialized physicians from Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston provide nationally recognized care.