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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. 

Harris Health System provides 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. 

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. Ben Taub Hospital received national recognition for its treatment and care for heart attack and heart failure patients from the American Heart Association (AHA). 

Ben Taub Hospital—Recipient of 2023 national honors in heart and stroke care:
  • Mission: Lifeline Receiving Gold Plus Award
  • Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Award
  • Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award
  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Target: Stroke Advance Therapy Honor Roll
  • Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines Resuscitation Gold Award
LBJ Hospital—Recipient of 2023 national honor in heart care:
  • Get With The Guidelines Resuscitation Silver Award
  • Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Silver Plus Award
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Harris Health also provides non-invasive assessments of heart disease using echocardiography techniques that deliver precise and accurate diagnoses. Both Ben Taub and LBJ hospital’s echocardiography labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and perform at a high level. These accomplishments demonstrate Harris Health’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality patient care in echocardiography to the community.

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.​

Heart Attack
Are you aware heart attacks have warning signs? They include:
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pressure, squeezing, aching, or burning
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Excessive fatigue or weakness
  • Anxiety