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Cardiac Interventional Procedures

The highly trained cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular specialists at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital are experienced at performing the wide range of procedures for treatment of heart conditions, from stent placement or angioplasty in the cath lab to minimally invasive, robot-assisted and traditional heart surgeries for conditions such as coronary artery bypass and valve replacement or repair.

Since introducing cardiac care to East Texas in 1983, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances has performed:

  • More than 638,000 cardiac procedures
  • More than 13,000 open heart surgeries
  • More than 60,000 cardiac catheterizations
  • More than 16,000 interventional cardiac stents
  • Nearly 12,000 pacemaker / electrophysiology procedures
  • More than 300 robotic-assisted heart surgeries

Our experienced team combined with the state-of-the-art technology and facilities available now at the new Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital assure you of our dedication to quality, patient safety and compassionate care.

Interventional procedures at our hospital

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of heart problems while decreasing recovery time and reducing the risk of complications. The procedure involves inserting thin, flexible tubes (catheters) into blood vessels and then guiding them to the right location in and around the heart. It’s another of the minimally invasive techniques we’re known for at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital.

Once the catheter is in place, X-rays and other tests are done to help your doctor evaluate how well your heart is working. If appropriate, a stent may be inserted into the blocked artery during the catheterization procedure.


Angioplasty or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is a technique used to reduce the narrowing in your artery without surgery. During angioplasty a thin tube (catheter) with a small inflatable balloon on the end is positioned within the narrowed section of the artery. Inflation of the balloon tip opens the narrowed artery by splitting and compressing the plaque and slightly stretching the wall of the artery. The balloon is then deflated and removed from the artery. View the angioplasty animation to learn more.


A stent is a small metal coil or mesh tube that is placed in a narrow artery through a catheter (a long, thin tube) to help improve blood flow to your heart. The stent permanently holds the passageway open and helps reduce the rate of restenosis (renarrowing) of the artery.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and Pacemaker

"ICD" is an abbreviation for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. An ICD delivers therapies to treat life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, such as VT (Ventricular Tachycardia) and VF (Ventricular Fibrillation). The ICD is implanted inside your body and works automatically.

Surgical Procedures

Our cardiothoracic surgeons offer comprehensive treatments for the heart using traditional, minimally invasive and robot-assisted techniques for procedures including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve procedures and congenital cardiac anomalies, as well as treatment of diseases of the lungs, esophagus and aorta.

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To schedule an appointment, call (903) 606-3000, or fill out our online form.

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