Clear Lake Campus Cardiology

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World-Class Expertise and Technology at the Clear Lake Hospital Campus

UTMB Health is bringing more innovative care to our Clear Lake Hospital Campus to serve one of the fastest growing and dynamic areas in Texas. As the communities we serve throughout the region grow and change, we remain committed to expanding access to advanced care.

Working together with other academic medical centers, health care providers like UT Physicians, and independent community cardiologists you know and trust, we provide the latest treatment options and advanced procedures proven to deliver better results.

You'll find a comprehensive range of cardiology services to treat a variety of conditions, including atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), arrhythmias, high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain, vascular disease and more - all conveniently nearby.

To schedule an appointment with any of the UTMB Health, UT Physicians, or community cardiologists we partner with, call (832) 632-7991

Cardiology Services
at the Clear Lake Hospital Campus

  • Right heart catheterization
  • Intraaortic balloon pump insertion
  • Impella insertion
  • LifeBridge extra-corporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) insertion
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Optical coherent tomography (OCT) of the coronary artery
  • Fractional flow reserve measurement
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Stent implantation
  • Intervention of chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Intervention of in-stent restenosis (ISR)
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Alcohol septal ablation
  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Patent foramen ovale closure
  • Trans-septal catheterization
  • Foreign body removal
  • Coil embolization of arteriovenous fistula

UTMB Health
Clear Lake Hospital Campus
Heart Rhythm Program

A collaboration between

Logo: UT Physicians

For something as important as your heart health, UTMB Health and UT Physicians worked together to create the Heart Rhythm Program at UTMB Health Clear Lake Hospital Campus. The Heart Rhythm Program provides leading electrophysiology (EP) and cardiovascular treatments utilizing state-of-the-art technologies for the best possible results.

Whether you need routine care for your heart, cardiac arrhythmia treatment, or management of a complex heart disease, UTMB Health and UT Physicians work together to provide you with the best care for your heart.

Heart Rhythm Program

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  • Atrial fibrillation
    Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

    Symptoms may include: shortness of breath, palpitations, fatigue, or there may be no symptoms with this disease.
  • Cardiac ablation
    Cardiac ablation (or catheter ablation) is a procedure that uses energy, either heat or extreme cold, to destroy or scar a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats.
  • Electrophysiology Study
    An electrophysiology (EP) study test the electrical activity of your heart to find where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is originating. These results can help you and your doctor decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.
  • Holter monitoring
    A Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiography device, a portable device for cardiac monitoring (the monitoring of the electrical activity of the cardiovascular system) for at least 24 to 48 hours (often for two weeks at a time).

    The Holter's most common use is for monitoring heart activity (electrocardiography or ECG). Its extended recording period is sometimes useful for observing occasional cardiac arrhythmias which would be difficult to identify in a shorter period. For patients having more transient symptoms, a cardiac event monitor can be worn for a month or more.
  • Interventional cardiology
    Interventional cardiology is the subspecialty of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter- based treatment of heart diseases. The field includes the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, vascular disease and acquired structural heart disease.

    Common procedures include angioplasty, aortic valve repair, cardiac ablation, electrophysiology studies, pacemaker insertion, monitoring devices and Watchman procedures.
  • Pacemakers
    A cardiac pacemaker is a medical device that generates electrical impulses delivered by electrodes to cause the heart muscle chambers to contract and therefore pump blood; by doing so this device replaces and/or regulates the function of the electrical conduction system of the heart.

    The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart's natural pacemaker is not fast enough, or because there is a block in the heart's electrical conduction system. Modern pacemakers are externally programmable and allow a Cardiologist, particularly a Cardiac Electrophysiologist to select the optimal pacing modes for individual patients.
  • Watchman device
    The Watchman device is a small implant placed in to the heart that can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of stroke, mainly due to clots that form in a small chamber in the top of the heart known as the left atrial appendage.

    The Watchman implant is a minimally invasive, one-time procedure designed to reduce the risk of strokes that originate in the left atrial appendage.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
    A "hole" in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. This defect allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the oxygen-poor blood chambers in the heart. ASD is a defect in the septum between the heart's two upper chambers (atria). The septum is a wall that separates the heart's left and right sides.

    If the opening is small, surgery or other treatments may not be needed. Most large atrial septal defects now can be closed either with open-heart surgery or during a cardiac catheterization using a device inserted into the opening to plug it. However, if the ASD is in an unusual position within the heart, or if there are other heart defects such as abnormal connections of the veins bringing blood from the lungs back to the heart (pulmonary veins), the ASD cannot be closed with the catheter technique. Then surgery is needed. Even when the defect is discovered in adulthood, patients benefit from closure of large defects.
  • Heart Failure Service
    • Aquapheresis
    • Remote heart failure assessment
    • Right heart catheterization
    • Intraaortic balloon pump insertion
    • Impella insertion
    • Myocardial biopsy
    • Heart transplantation
    • Left ventricular assist device

Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment (832) 632-7991

When is it time to see a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist specializes in the treatment and prevention of heart and blood vessel disease. They may use screenings to determine your risk for heart or cardiovascular conditions, provide checkups to monitor your existing heart disease, or perform surgeries to correct or restore your heart health.

You may need to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist if:

  • you are referred by your primary care provider
  • you have a family history of heart disease
  • you have high blood pressure or are at risk
  • your cholesterol is high or you are at risk
  • you smoke or have a history of smoking
  • you've been diagnosed with diabetes

Early detection of heart issues is key to having a healthy heart. Be aware of symptoms of heart disease and speak with your primary care provider on the importance of heart health. 

Common heart conditions

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  • Arrhythmia
    Cardiac Arrhythmia is a condition in which electrical impulses in the heart don’t work properly and cause an irregular or abnormal heart rhythm.

    Symptoms may include: a fluttering in the chest; chest pain; fainting; dizziness or there may be no symptoms.

    Treatments vary for arrhythmia, but often can include prescription drugs, medical procedures, implantable devices, and surgery. 
  • High blood pressure
    High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP, or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. 

    High blood pressure is a “silent killer” as most often there are no obvious symptoms.

    When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.

    Treatments include Self-care (change of diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking) and prescription medications to help lower blood pressure.
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
    Rheumatic heart disease is a condition where the heart valves have been permanently damaged by rheumatic fever. Untreated or under-treated strep infections can increase the risk for rheumatic heart disease. Children who get repeated strep throat infections are at the most risk for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

    Symptoms of rheumatic heart disease include shortness of breath, chest pain and swelling. Tests used to diagnose rheumatic heart disease vary, but most often are echocardiogram (echo), electrocardiogram (ECG), chest x-ray, cardiac MRI, or certain blood tests.

    Treatments may include surgery to replace or fix the badly damaged heart valve. The best treatment is to prevent rheumatic fever with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines.

Patient Education

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Early Heart Attack Care

Damage to the heart muscle, and even death, can be prevented with early detection of symptoms before a major heart event occurs.

The most important parts to early heart attack care are:


  • Recognition of early warning signs are key to saving a life
  • Responding by encouraging/calling for immediate medical care can prevent heart damage and avoid sudden death.
  • If you see a person collapse and they have no pulse, call 9 1 1, perform hands only CPR, and have help retrieve an AED (if available)


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