HOUSTON METHODIST BAYTOWN: Heart celebration stresses prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year and over 15 million have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease—the most common type of heart disease.

Despite its longstanding status as the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., many people experience symptoms that they don’t realize are related to heart problems or have symptoms that don’t show up until they have screenings performed.

Learn your risk of heart disease with a preventive heart screen during the Heart Celebration at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital on Friday, Feb. 22. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s conference room and will include cholesterol and blood pressure screenings and allow you to learn your 10-year risk of heart disease. 

The event also serves as a celebration of the cardiovascular surgery (CV) program at Houston Methodist Baytown as it marks eight years of providing open heart surgical procedures to residents of Baytown and surrounding communities.

Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Walter O’Hara, director of the CV program at Houston Methodist Baytown, says the hospital’s commitment to providing the most skilled physicians and staff and the most advanced surgical technology available, the program has grown enormously since its inception.

“Years ago, many Baytown area patients preferred to go to Houston Methodist in the Texas Medical Center to have their cardiovascular procedure performed,” O’Hara said, “but as a result of our mission to provide unparalleled care and services, many patients now insist on staying in Baytown.”

In addition to surgical procedures, including heart valve replacement, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital offers a wide range of cardiovascular services and procedures, including minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, including ablation therapy designed to treat atrial fibrillation, commonly known as irregular heartbeat.

“We have a great team here and a big reason why the care is so good in Baytown is because everyone on the care team knows each other very well; from the cardiologist to the ICU nurses to the anesthesiologists,” O’Hara said. “The patients and their families know everyone who comes into their room and this personalized care can make a huge difference in the patient’s recovery.”

For more information and to register for the Heart Month Celebration, visit houstonmethodist.org/heart-event, or call 281-428-2273.

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