Heart and Vascular Health

Specialists in cardiac surgery and rehabilitation

Ascension Providence Heart and Vascular Care services provide heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation services.

Heart Surgical and Rehabilitation Services

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The Ascension Providence heart care team works closely together to provide Central Texans with access to diagnostic heart tests, lifesaving treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation services right here in Waco. Our focus is on your long-term health.

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24/7 Chest Pain Emergency Care

Ascension Providence is an accredited Chest Pain Center (2018), by the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline and Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Don’t delay when heart attack or stroke symptoms occur. Call 911.

The Heart Hospital located in the F.M. and Gloria Young Tower of Ascension Providence hospital has a dedicated team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, and nurses. Our staff has the highest level of training and certification and a reputation for giving our patients care that exceed expectations.

The heart care team has the expertise to care for all types of cardiovascular conditions including coronary disease, the treatment of rhythm management issues (A-Fib, Ablations, Pacemaker’s, ICD’s), structural heart disease to include TAVR, ASD-PFO Closure, and Watchman. In addition to these procedures, we also offer minimally invasive approaches for both the treatment of coronary and vascular conditions as well as the traditional surgical treatment method for coronary and vascular disease. Also offered are MAZE and robotic assisted cardiac surgeries.

Heart Clinics

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic – 254-751-4284.

Heart Failure University (Heart “Success” University) offering classes led by experienced nurse educators (certified by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses). The program is available at no charge for our heart patients. We teach you how to make lifestyle changes to better manage your specific condition.

For information, call 254-751-4284.

Lipid Clinic with a special emphasize on the management of complex lipid disorders. Available by referral from your physician.

Protime Clinic with a special emphasize on the management of anticoagulant therapy. Available by referral from your physician.

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the R.W. Crosthwait, Sr. Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. Both the Cardiac & Pulmonary programs are accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Available by referral from your physician.

Valve Clinic offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), an innovative and effective procedure with many benefits for heart patients with critical aortic stenosis seeking an aortic valve replacement.
For more information, call 254-751-4143.

Heart Healthy Screening

The Heart Healthy CT Scan is a quick, painless screening that may detect certain forms of heart disease and help reduce your risk of a stroke. The test is performed using a CT (computed tomography) scanner and identifies your coronary calcium score. This is a measure used to estimate the amount of cholesterol plaque in your arteries. A higher score can mean a higher likelihood of suffering a heart attack. Fortunately, early detection of heart disease makes early intervention possible.

A Heart Healthy CT Scan is recommended for men age 40+ and women age 45+ with one or more of these heart disease risk factors:

  • Hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140/90)
  • Cholesterol level greater than 160/LDL
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart disease

A Heart Healthy CT screening is a self-pay, low cost, elective screening not covered by insurance. Further diagnostic studies, if needed, may be covered by insurance.

Scheduling Your Heart Healthy CT

A doctor’s order is not required to have a Heart Healthy CT Scan, unless you are under the ages mentioned above and/or do not meet any of the heart disease risk factors. Please be ready to provide contact information for your primary care doctor to receive your scan results.

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To schedule your Heart Healthy CT, call 254-751-4624.

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