Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery for Heart and Vascular Disease

Cardiology is the medical specialty that involves matters of the heart. This fist-sized muscle at the center of our circulatory system is the very definition of a vital organ. It works non-stop, pumping oxygen- and nutrient-infused blood to every part of your body through a complex system of blood vessels. So when you experience a disease or disorder of this all-important organ, you want a healthcare team with proven expertise. That’s where the Heart and Vascular Program at Doctors Hospital of Laredo comes in.

Here you’ll find a team dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of a comprehensive range of cardiovascular disorders, including:

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Blocked arteries
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Lung masses
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Thickening or hardening of the arteries
  • Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Thrombus clots

Providing a Full Spectrum of Cardiac Care

Even though a healthy heart is vital to your well-being, diseases and disorders of the heart are all too common. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for about a quarter of all deaths. And while heart disease has traditionally been thought of as primarily affecting men, that’s simply not the case. Women are at risk as well. In fact, more women than men have died of cardiovascular disease every year since 1984.

For all of these reasons and more, effective diagnosis, management and treatment of heart disease is vitally important. The Heart and Vascular Program provides care for a full spectrum of diseases and disorders of the heart, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, and many more.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the Heart and Vascular Program, contact us at 956-523-2000 or 956-523-2779.


We provide a full spectrum of cardiac care, including a wide range of advanced treatment and services.

Cardiac Catheterization

We use cardiac catheterization procedures to both diagnose and treat some forms of heart disease, such as stenosis. Cardiac catheterization involves inserting a thin flexible tube called a catheter into a vein or artery in the groin or arm and then moving it up into the heart using live X-rays to guide it.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

You’re not alone when it comes to recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery or another interventional procedure. Doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, psychologists and dietitians work together within our Cardiac Rehabilitation team to design programs to help each patient progress physically, emotionally and socially.

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Cardiopulmonary Services

We have specially trained physicians and nurses who diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and lungs. Our services include cardiac testing, cardiac catheterization, arrhythmia services, angioplasty, and respiratory services.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons operate on the heart, lungs and other organs in the chest. Cardiac, thoracic and endovascular surgeons perform a range of innovative surgical procedures to diagnose, manage and treat vascular and heart diseases.

Cardiothoracic surgeons provide beating heart bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, and aortic aneurysms and dissections repair.

Open Vascular Surgery

Vascular disorders can impair or block blood flow through arteries and veins, or cause them to enlarge (become aneurysmal). It can affect any or many parts of the body resulting in stroke, kidney failure, limb ischemia or even death. We have the advanced equipment that thoracic surgeons need to focus on early detection, treatment and prevention. This helps tackle problems in the circulation of blood.

Thoracic surgeons provide ascending and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair, carotid endarterectomy, peripheral bypass grafts and open embolectomy and/or thrombolysis.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease or condition, Doctors Hospital of Laredo offers an individualized Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program designed to help you live a better quality of life and decrease the symptoms of your disease.

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Post COVID-19 Outpatient Rehabilitation

After having COVID-19, your body may require extra time to fully recover. Our rehab team is prepared to help you recover and return to your prior level of function before COVID-19.

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Meet the Team

Patients of the Heart and Vascular Program are supported by a team that includes cardiologists, specialized physicians, nurses and other professionals with expertise in disorders of the cardiovascular system. These individuals stand ready to diagnose and treat a broad range of emergency and non-emergency conditions related to the functioning of the heart.

Achievements and Milestones

Joint Commission and American Heart Association heart check mark badgeDoctors Hospital of Laredo has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s® Heart-Check Mark for Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) Certification. PHAC Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care.

Doctors Hospital of Laredo is also the first Primary Stroke Center in Laredo and is certified by The Joint Commission, which is considered the gold standard for stroke care.

Get a Cardiologist Referral

If you need a referral to a cardiologist or other heart specialist at Doctors Hospital of Laredo, call our free physician referral service at 877-992-1711.

Additional Resources

American Heart Association

Early Heart Attack Care