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Cardiology

Caring for Your Heart

Cardiology at UTMB Health

All of our cardiologists are engaged in cardiovascular education of medical students, nurses, health-care professionals, residents and fellows. Many participate in clinical and basic science research to discover and innovate. Insights acquired at the research bench are brought to the bedside, to improve the care of our patients. Today, we celebrate more than 120 years of excellence and continue to bring our knowledge, experience, innovation, and discovery to our patients.

Our inpatient care features state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories, a cutting-edge Heart Station and Echo Lab, and an outstanding Coronary Care Unit and Step-down Unit.

If you need cardiac care, please explore our site to learn more about the cardiologists at UTMB Health. Contact us if you have questions; we stand ready to help. Call (409) 762-BEAT (2328).

When is it time to see a Cardiologist?

Cardiologists specialize 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 or OB/GYN
  • 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 care.

Check your Heart Risk Score:

The Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator is a risk assessment tool created by the American College of Cardiology. It’s used to help people 40 -79 years old understand their chances of developing heart disease over the next 10 years.  

ASCVD Risk Estimator + (acc.org)

(Disclaimer: You will be leaving the UTMB Health website when you click on the estimator link. The site you will visit is managed by a different organization, that is responsible for their own content, privacy policies and practices. Please review their terms and conditions.)

The Risk Score offers four levels of heart disease risk:

  • Low: Less than a 5% risk
  • Borderline: A 5% to 7.4% risk
  • Intermediate: A 7.5% to 19.9% risk
  • High: More than a 20% risk

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