At Rio Grande Regional Hospital, we put our hearts into caring for yours. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals provide patients with a full-range of cardiovascular care, from the fast treatment of events like heart attack and stroke, to treatment of underlying heart and peripheral vascular diseases.

We are accredited by the American College of Cardiology as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI. We are also nationally-recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high performing hospital for the treatment of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Additionally, we are recognized by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center to provide 24/7 stroke care to patients from McAllen, Edinburg, San Juan and surrounding communities.

Our cardiovascular specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to offer patients comprehensive and personalized treatment from diagnosis to rehabilitation. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Cardiac emergency care: As a Level III Trauma Center, our emergency care team is available 24/7 to provide rapid, coordinated care in the event of a heart attack, cardiac arrest or other life-threatening cardiac events.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation: Following a cardiac event such as heart surgery, our cardiac rehabilitation program helps patients recover on their journey back to an active life.
  • Heart and vascular surgery: Our specialists offer a wide range of procedures, including AFib ablation and open-heart surgery. We are also proud to be the first and only hospital in Hidalgo County to offer robotic-assisted surgery for coronary and vascular interventions.
  • Heart screening and imaging: Our catheterization laboratory is equipped with advanced imaging and electrophysiology to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Cardiovascular surgery and procedures

At Rio Grande Regional Hospital, we offer a wide range of minimally-invasive and non-surgical treatments, diagnostic exams and screenings, including:

Electrophysiology (EP)

Electrophysiology is a cardiac specialty that assesses the flow of electricity to the heart. Our electrophysiologists have extensive knowledge in the heart’s electrical system as well as the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia, a condition that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow or in some other irregular way. This includes performing EP studies, a diagnostic test used to identify a patient’s type and cause for arrhythmia. Treatment for arrhythmia may include medications, a pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator, or surgery.

  • AFib ablation: A minimally-invasive procedure used to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of heart arrhythmia. It is most often performed using a catheter inserted through the veins or arteries to the heart.
  • Implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD): An electrical cardiac device that monitors a fast and potentially life-threatening heartbeat. When a fast heartbeat is detected, the device will send a series of painless, pacing impulses or a sudden shock to the heart to help the heartbeat return to a normal rhythm.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

Percutaneous coronary intervention refers to a family of minimally-invasive procedures that use a catheter to improve blood flow to a blocked or narrowed coronary artery caused by plaque buildup. PCI may also be used to relieve symptoms of heart disease or to reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

  • Angioplasty: A procedure in which a balloon is inflated in the vessel to help break up or crush plaque buildup. Often, a mesh frame called a stent will be placed in the vessel to support the walls and keep them open for improved blood flow.
  • Atherectomy: Plaque is removed using a rotating shaver or laser. It is often performed on patients with very hard plaque or on patients who did not improve after having an angioplasty and stent.

Peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulatory disorder that causes blood vessels outside of the brain or heart to narrow, block, or spasm. The most common type of PVD is peripheral artery disease (PAD), which develops when plaque buildup restricts blood flow to the arms, legs and internal organs such as the stomach or kidneys. Treatment may include medications, lifestyle changes, angioplasty or other form of surgery.

  • Percutaneous endovascular aneurysm repair (PEVAR): A minimally-invasive and advanced surgical technique used to prevent an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) from rupturing and causing a heart attack or stroke. During the PEVAR procedure, a stent graft is inserted into the aneurysm through small incisions in the groin.
  • Carotid stenting: A minimally-invasive procedure performed to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the brain. This procedure involves placing a small metal coil (stent) in the clogged artery to help prop the artery open and decrease the possibility of it narrowing again.

Structural heart disease

Structural heart disease refers to a defect in the heart’s valves, walls, or chambers. Some heart valve disorders, such as stenosis and heart valve disease, can be present at birth (congenital), though most result from general wear and tear with age.

Structural heart disease is very specialized field within cardiovascular medicine and often requires the expertise of various physicians to treat. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, some of which include board-certified cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardiovascular radiologists, work together to harness the latest advancements in technology and perform minimally-invasive surgeries that were previously impossible or very difficult to achieve with other methods.

  • Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure: A procedure used to prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke. During the procedure, a small, umbrella-like device in inserted through a catheter to block off a small area of your heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA).

Surgical interventions

For diseases that cannot be treated through non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques, our surgeons offer patients the highest-level of advanced surgical options. This includes robotic-assisted techniques, which is proven to reduce the risk of scarring, bleeding, and shorten recovery time.

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG): A surgical procedure that improves blood flow to the heart by taking a healthy artery or vein from the body and grafting it to a blocked coronary artery. It is typically used to treat those who have severe coronary heart disease (CHD) or coronary artery disease.

At Rio Grande Regional Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the Rio Grande Valley with exceptional heart and vascular care. If you are seeking treatment, we invite you find a cardiac or vascular surgeon and learn more about our services.