Heart & Vascular Center

The BSA Heart and Vascular Center provides comprehensive services for all stages of heart care, from diagnosis to recovery. Our team of heart care experts is here to help you achieve optimal heart health.

Our new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room opens the door to new technologies and procedures for surgical patients in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding region, allowing you and your family to remain close to home for necessary treatment. Many procedures best suited for our hybrid OR are for the treatment of cardiovascular issues like vascular disease, congenital heart disease, cardiac valve disease and heart rhythm defects. Procedures such as carotid artery revascularization (TCAR), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and stent graft placement are all well-suited to a hybrid environment. Our new hybrid OR allows for both endovascular and open surgery within the same space, reducing the risk of performing two procedures. 

 

Services

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring 

BSA offers $99 coronary artery calcium scoring, a test which will detect calcium deposits in the arteries.

Knowing your artery calcium score can help you detect potential heart issues before they occur. The test is quick and painless. A physician referral is required. To schedule an appointment, please call 806-212-8888. 

Cath Lab

For patients experiencing a heart event, the BSA Cardiac Catheterization Lab provides life-saving services, including:

  • Removal of blood clots from the arteries and veins
  • Surgical repair and removal of plaque from blood vessels
  • Stent placement

Electrophysiology Lab

For patients who have issues with their heart's electrical signals, BSA's Electrophysiology Lab provides the following services:

  • Diagnostic studies of the heart's electrical aspects
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implants
  • Pacemaker placement

Cardiothoracic Surgery

BSA Cardiothoracic Surgery offers expert surgical care for patients needing treatment for issues of the heart, lungs and other organs of the chest. Treatments include:

  • Improvement of blood flow to the heart through coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Opening the chest wall to operate on damaged lungs
  • Removal of damaged or diseased sections of the lungs
  • Replacement of damaged heart valves with prosthetic valves 
  • Surgery to repair bulges in the aorta, commonly known as aneurysms
  • Surgery to repair holes in the wall of the heart
  • Video-assisted procedures that provide a minimally-invasive approach to surgery, with less pain and a shorter recovery time 

Cardiac Rehab

During recovery after a heart event, patients can attend the BSA Cardiac Rehab Program, a 12-week long program that includes exercise, education and support.

Patient benefits of the program include:

  • Improving overall confidence and well-being
  • Improving stamina and strength to get back to a daily routine
  • Reducing the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Stopping or reversing damage to the heart’s blood vessels

TAVR

Amarillo’s Most Advanced Heart Valve Procedure is Available at BSA 

BSA is proud to be the only facility in the Texas Panhandle to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR) to patients. It is a safe and effective solution for patients suffering from aortic stenosis. More than 2.5 million people, ages 75 and older, suffer from aortic stenosis, a condition caused by narrowed heart valves. These narrow valves result in the reduction or blockage of blood flow from the heart to the body. This condition can lead to heart failure or disease, the number one killer in America. 

You may qualify for TAVR if you suffer from aortic stenosis. Typically, aortic stenosis is caused from:

  • Calcium deposits in the heart valves
  • Birth defects
  • Radiation therapy
  • Scar tissue in the heart valves caused by untreated strep throat

A physician referral is required. For more information, call 806-212-4668.

CardioMEMS

CardioMEMS

BSA's CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure (HF) sensor implantation procedure is providing patients suffering from heart failure the ability to proactively monitor their condition from the comfort of their home and reduce their chance of future hospitalization.

During the procedure, the CardioMEMS™ HF sensor, which is roughly the length of a paper clip, is implanted into the pulmonary artery. Once implanted, the patient will send daily pulmonary artery pressure updates to their physician by lying down at home, for a short period, on a device which reads the sensor’s data. The information from the sensor is automatically uploaded to a secure website that the patient’s care team can access.

To qualify for the procedure, patients must have been diagnosed with heart failure, have been hospitalized due to heart failure once during the past year and have a physician referral.

For more information, click here.

Accreditation

Designated and Accredited for High-Quality Cardiac Care 

BSA Hospital has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. BSA Hospital is currently the only hospital in Amarillo with this designation. Facilities recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes.

BSA is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for the ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Patient Education

Downloadable EHAC Guide

Knowing the risks, signs and preventive measures for heart-related issues can be life-saving. Learn more about protecting your heart by downloading the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Guide below. 

Download EHAC Guide 

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Service Locations

Calcium Scoring Appointment Request

To be scheduled, you must have a referral from your cardiologist or primary care provider. Please only fill out this form if you have a referral.