Cardiac Care Services

We care for your heart 

The cardiac care team at BSA uses established technological developments and techniques in diagnosing and treating conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, abnormalities of heart rhythm, stroke, and vascular disease.

Our Interventional Cardiology services provide diagnostic and non-surgical treatments of the heart to patients from across Amarillo and the Panhandle. The BSA cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are equipped to provide a complete range of emergent and non-emergent interventional procedures, including both standard and investigational therapies.

BSA offers a 12-week Cardiac Rehabilitation program designed for patients who have had heart attacks or cardiac procedures. The program consists of exercising under monitored and controlled conditions so patients can improve their cardiovascular fitness, also providing education on stress management, while maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Heart Attack Symptoms & Warning Signs

If you think you're having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical system IMMEDIATELY.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense -- the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur before the chest discomfort.
  • Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

If you or someone you're with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don't wait--call for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.