At Vital Heart & Vein, our specialists provide a full spectrum of diagnostic testing, comprehensive therapies, and interventional/electrophysiologic procedures utilizing the latest technology. We provide care that ensures our patients can live life to the fullest. It’s just one more way we’re striving to be the best cardiologists in the greater Houston area.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely from the formation of plaque, a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. Blood clots can form around the plaque, blocking blood flow through the heart muscle.
An arrhythmia, also called dysrhythmia, is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. When arrhythmias are severe or long-lasting, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. Arrhythmias can occur in nearly anyone, becoming more common as we age. But some factors may place people at greater risk.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a disorder that occurs in the arteries of the circulatory system. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from the heart to all areas of the body. PAD occurs in the arteries that carry blood to the arms and legs.
Many people are surprised to learn that cholesterol isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it is one of many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. However, excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. Plaque can break open and cause blood clots, putting you at risk for a stroke or heart attack.
Vein disease, also known as venous reflux or venous insufficiency, occurs when the veins in our legs no longer work in returning the blood from our legs back to our heart. This leads to pooling of blood in our legs, which can cause leg swelling, achiness, heaviness, fatigue, skin discoloration, and varicose and spider veins. We offer a variety of treatment options for all types of venous disease.
Determining the best course of treatment for a heart or vascular condition begins with a complete and thorough understanding of the problem. At Vital Heart & Vein, we offer an array of tests that gives us clear insight into our patients’ issues in order to prescribe the best and most efficient heart and vein treatment plans in Houston.
Ultrasound & Dopplers
Ultrasounds and dopplers are diagnostic tests used to assess the overall function of your heart and to determine the presence of many different types of heart disease, and they include echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, venous doppler, arterial doppler, and carotid doppler.
Stress tests are tests that help us find out how well your heart handles its workload when presented with a challenge such as exercise. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more fuel and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there’s a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart.
Computerized Tomography Scans
Computed tomography (CT) uses special X-ray equipment to get images from different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do.
We have a team of vascular specialists working to better understand and treat conditions in your body’s network of blood vessels. From blood clots to aneurysms, we provide treatment for conditions pertaining to the vascular system. Our vascular specialists bring experience to the table, but most importantly, they bring heart.
We offer advanced nonsurgical vein care for a wide range of conditions at our new Vein Center in Houston. Our patients come to us to see about options for varicose and spider veins, both for cosmetic purposes and to alleviate physical discomfort. Whatever your needs are, our job is to help you live your best life.