Cardiovascular Institute, Chest Pain Center, Heart Surgery in Memphis, Tennessee and the Mid South

Published On 07/11/2011

Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, provides optimal cardiac care to the Mid South through one of the largest cardiac programs in the country. The Cardiovascular Institute at Methodist University Hospital is proud to partner with Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to offer the latest in treatment for heart failure, arrhythmia, congenital heart disease and other heart conditions.

Cardiovascular Program History

In 2009, Methodist University Hospital partnered with Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to improve the quality of heart care available to Memphis, TN, and the Mid South region. CUMC’s clinical trials and physician training procedures are further advancing the expertise in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery at Methodist Healthcare. It’s the largest partnership of its kind in the United States, and another example of Methodist’s commitment to providing the best overall cardiac care possible for Memphis, TN, and the Mid South. CUMC collaborates with both Methodist University Hospital and University of Tennessee Health Science Center in support of their common goals of education, research, patient care and community service.

Diagnosing Heart Conditions

Methodist Healthcare uses CARDIOSCANs and CAT Scans at Mid-South diagnostic centers to diagnose heart diseases. CARDIOSCAN is a revolutionary, pain-free procedure that can give your physician an early look at plaque build-up in your coronary arteries. For people worried about heart disease, this is a non-invasive way to detect a serious heart condition, so it may be slowed down, stopped or even reversed.

Heart Attack Care

Expert cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at Methodist Healthcare offer state-of-the-art care for heart attack patients in Tennessee, region. One such treatment is cooling therapy, a procedure which involves dropping a patient’s body temperature about eight degrees Fahrenheit below normal. The purpose of cooling patients down is to help prevent or reduce the amount of brain damage from the loss of oxygen. Cardiac rehabilitation is also available to help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from heart surgery and angioplasty.

Cardiac Surgery

New technologies have reduced surgery and recovery times and make heart surgery an option for even some of the sickest patients. Cardiovascular surgeons at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis perform minimally invasive and open-heart surgeries including:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: a procedure performed to treat a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the coronary arteries, thus restoring the blood supply to the heart muscle.
  • Heart Valve Surgery: a treatment option for valvular heart disease
  • World’s Smallest Heart Pump: the Abiomed Impella 2.5 circulatory support system, which uses a tiny pump to take over the job of circulating blood from the heart to the rest of the body for patients whose hearts are so weak that they are unable to pump blood to the vital organs..

Certified Chest Pain Centers

Methodist Healthcare is the first hospital system in Memphis to achieve the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Centers with Percutaneous Intervention (PCI) at multiple locations. The accreditation, awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers to Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, Methodist North, Methodist South, and Methodist University hospitals, brings high-level cardiac care to patients in all corners of our community which is vitally important when treating heart attacks.

Wireless Heart Monitors

Methodist South Hospital was the first hospital in Tennessee to use wireless heart monitors to efficiently care for its cardiology patients at their bedsides. The device is not only more comfortable for patients, but it can potentially save their lives. The monitors allow both local and remote monitoring, which allows for patient mobility. The device also supports sustainability practices because it runs on rechargeable batteries that can be charged at the bedside or through a multi-charging system. This makes it easy to keep the device charged at all times and reduces the amount of battery waste. The previous telemetry system was using over a 1,000 batteries a month.

Cardiovascular Resource Center

The Cardiovascular Resource Center at Methodist University Hospital is a non-profit organization that promotes cardiac and vascular care throughout the Mid South community in an effort to help increase awareness. The Center also enhance quality of life by providing limited financial resources and a supportive environment for cardiac and vascular patients, caregivers as well as family members