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Conditions We Treat
We believe that our high standard of care drives our patients’ confidence in our diagnosis and treatment of their conditions.
  • Heart Conditions
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • Alcohol and the Heart
    • Amyloid Heart Disease
    • Angina Pectoris
    • Aortic Insufficiency
    • Aortic Stenosis
    • Arrhythmia
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Athlete's Heart
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Cancer and Heart Disease
    • Carcinoid Syndrome
    • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
    • Chest Pain
    • Chest Wall Defects
    • Cholesterol
    • Congenital Heart Disease
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Constrictive Heart Disease
    • Coronary Arteries
    • Coronary Artery Disease/Heart Disease
    • Deep Venous Thrombosis and Venous Imaging
    • Diastolic Dysfunction
    • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
    • Heart Attack
    • Heart Block
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Hypertension/Blood Pressure
    • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • Lung Resection
    • Marfan Syndrome
    • Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease
    • Mitral Regurgitation
    • Mitral Stenosis
    • Myocardial Bridge
    • Pericardial Cyst
    • Pericardial Effusion Disease
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease
    • Premature Atrial Contraction
    • Premature Ventricular Contraction
    • Pulmonary Emboli
    • Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Pulmonary Stenosis
    • Restrictive Heart Disease
    • Right Heart Failure
    • Sick Sinus Syndrome
    • Stroke
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia
    • Syncope
    • Takasubo
    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Trachial and Airway Obstructions
    • Tricuspid Regurgitation
    • Ventricular Fibrillation
    • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Prevention
    • Prevention/Healthy Living
  • Vascular Conditions
    • Aortic Dissection
    • Aneurysm Disease
    • Carotid Artery Disease
    • Claudication
    • Dialysis
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
    • Hyperhidrosis
    • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    • Reticular Veins
    • Spider Veins
    • Varicose Veins
    • Vascular Health
    • Venous Disease

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Our Services
We are dedicated to using the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatments available. Our expert team of cardiologists and nurse practioners specialize in caring for patients throughout their journey to heart health.
  • Consultation
    • Risk Assessment
  • Continuum of Care
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Esophageal Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Wound Care
  • Diagnostics
    • 3D Echocardiogram
    • Ankle/Brachial Index
    • Anticoagulation Clinic
    • Arterial Doppler
    • Cardiac Computed Tomography Test (Cardiac CT)
    • Catheterization & Angiography
    • Cholesterol (Lipid) Clinic
    • Defibrillator/Pacemaker Check
    • Echocardiography
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG)
    • Holter or Event Monitors
    • Left Atrial Appendage Ligation
    • Loop Monitor Check
    • Nuclear Cardiology
    • PFO Closure
    • Remote EKGs
    • Resynchronization Device Implantation
    • Segmental Pressures
    • Stress Echocardiogram
    • Stress Testing
    • Tilt-Table Testing
    • Ultrasounds
  • Heart Care
    • Ablation Procedures
    • Angiographic Procedures
    • Aortic Valve Replacement
    • Atrial Septic Defect Repair
    • Cardiac Catheterization
    • Carotid Stenting
    • Carotid Ultrasound Exam
    • Coronary Angioplasty
    • Coronary Bypass Surgery
    • Da Vinci Surgery
    • Defibrillator Implantation
    • Electrophysiologic Procedures
    • Endovascular Repair of Heart Defects
    • Interventional Cardiology
    • MAZE Procedure
    • Mitral Valve Repair
    • Pacemaker Implantation
    • Risk Reduction Strategies for Heart Disease
    • Syncope Evaluation
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Vascular Care
    • Aneurysm Repairs
    • Angioplasty and Stents
    • Atherectomy
    • Bypasses
    • Carotid Endarterectomies
    • Crossing Chronic Total Occlusions
    • Dialysis Access
    • Endovascular Embolization
    • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
    • Minimally Invasive Endovascular Procedures
    • Percutaneous Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
    • Phlebectomy
    • Sclerotherapy
    • Varicose and Spider Vein Procedures
    • Vascular Lab Services
    • Vascular Surgical Procedures
    • Vein Sclerotherapy
    • Venefit Closure
    • VNUS Closure Procedure
  • Clinical Trials
    What is a clinical trial?

    Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational types of studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.

    Why participate in a clinical trial?

    Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

    Who can participate in a clinical trial?

    All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy participants. It is important to note that inclusion and exclusion criteria are not used to reject people personally. Instead, the criteria are used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe. The criteria help ensure that researchers will be able to answer the questions they plan to study.

    What happens during a clinical trial?

    The clinical trial process depends on the kind of trial being conducted. The clinical trial team includes doctors and nurses as well as social workers and other health care professionals. They check the health of the participant at the beginning of the trial, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor the participant carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed.

    Some clinical trials involve more tests and doctor visits than the participant would normally have for an illness or condition. For all types of trials, the participant works with a research team. Clinical trial participation is most successful when the protocol is carefully followed and there is frequent contact with the research staff.

    What is informed consent?

    Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses involved in the trial explain the details of the study. Informed consent is not a contract, and the participant may withdraw from the trial at any time.

    For more information on clinical research trials, contact JenniferThomas-Beasley@TexasHealth.org or MaricruzIbarra2@TexasHealth.org or call 214-360-0869.

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