Cardiology & Diagnostic Procedures at Southwest General Hospital
At Southwest General Hospital, an entire team of heart care specialists lends its expertise day-in and day-out to improve heart health in San Antonio. The heart care team at Southwest General Hospital includes interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, nuclear cardiologists, critical care nurses, and more.
Emergent heart health problems—such as heart attack and stroke—are promptly addressed in the emergency department, which uses rigorous chest pain protocols to diagnose the potential heart attack and provide treatment.
Heart care services are available 24/7, right here in your southwest San Antonio neighborhood. From advanced imaging and diagnostic procedures to minimally invasive and heart surgery, Southwest General Hospital offers virtually everything a patient could need for heart care. Furthermore, physicians offer unique treatment plans—custom made for you—that are delivered with professional coordination and an invaluable patient-education experience. Learn more about heart care services below.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Patients who undergo heart surgery and/or need specialized follow-up care may be admitted into Southwest General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, which is equipped with high-tech monitoring systems and specially-trained nurses to help you through the recovery process.
Southwest General Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows physicians to obtain clear, detailed views of your heart, vascular system, and surrounding structures. One or more of the imaging procedures listed below, which may be done here at the hospital on short-notice, could be a part of the diagnostic process for your heart-related health problem.
Patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease may wish to have a Coronary Calcium Scan at Southwest General Hospital. This brief, affordable, and completely painless test may detect signs of coronary artery disease early on, potentially allowing for life-saving treatment.
- 24-hour Holter Monitoring
- Arterial Color Flow Doppler
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Chest and Abdominal X-Rays
- Echocardiography (Heart, Neck, Abdomen)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG)
- Fractional Flow Reserve
- Intracardiac/Intravascular Ultrasound
- Lab Blood Tests
- Nuclear Cardiology
- Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checkup
What Is a HeartView Scan?
The 10-minute HeartView scan is a non-invasive scan of the heart that may save lives by detecting heart disease long before symptoms occur. This non-invasive screening exam is performed on our 64-slice CT scanner and enables doctors to see the tiniest plaque buildup in the coronary arteries (the arteries nearest to your heart).
People who are likely to benefit from the HeartView scan are those who:
- Have a family history of stroke or heart disease
- Have diabetes
- Are 20 pounds or more overweight
- Have high cholesterol
- Are over 45 (males) and over 55 (females)
Call 877-215-WELL (9355) to register for your HeartView Screening!
Calcium Scoring for Coronary Arteries
Interventional radiologists at Southwest General Hospital offer a special $99 calcium scoring scan, which may detect coronary artery disease, one of the leading factors behind heart disease. This test uses a special type of x-ray, known as computed tomography.
If your coronary arteries have calcium deposits built up within the arterial walls, then you may have coronary artery disease. A CT scan – when used in this way – may detect calcium buildup. If the blockage is severe enough, you may see a cardiologist for diagnosis and treatment. If your test results indicate little to no calcium buildup, then you may have the peace of mind knowing that your coronary arteries are in good health.
To schedule your coronary calcium screening at Southwest General Hospital, call1-877-215-WELL today. No physician referral is required. $99 pricing is for a limited time only. Your health is too important to pass up this screening.
What Is an AngioScreen?
Our Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to offer AngioScreen, which mobilizes revolutionary vascular screening technology and services for communities throughout the region. With the new AngioScreen coach, mobile screenings can be brought to people within the community and region, providing immediate information about vascular health- including circulation, risk of heart disease, stroke and abdominal aorta aneurysm.
The non-invasive preventative screenings can be completed in less than 15 minutes and include the following:
- Stroke Screening
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Peripheral Arterial Disease: Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) study to determine blockage in the legs.
- Atrial Fibrillation: A simple EKG, which tests for atrial fibrillation.
- Height, Weight and BMI
- Aortic Aneurysms
- Arrhythmia / Dysrhythmia
- Carotid Artery Disease & Stroke
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attack
- Heart Valve Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
- Balloon Angioplasty & Stent Placement
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
- Heart Valve Replacement
- Laser Atherectomy for PAD
- Pacemaker / ICD Implantation
- Ventricular assist device – Impella
- Coronary atherectom
- Thrombectomy device