With a mortality rate of less than 1% received the HealthGrades™ Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award which was awarded to only four hospitals in Texas.
Over the past twenty-five years, he has performed over 10,000 operations. He has focused on complex coronary bypass, valve repair and replacement.
Dr. Rodriguez's program now at the McAllen Heart Hospital with a mortality rate of less than 1% received the HealthGrades™ Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 2008, which was awarded to only four hospitals in Texas. Hospitals receiving this honor were in the top tier of the HealthGrades™ national cardiac surgery ratings and our program at the McAllen Heart Hospital was ranked #1 in the State of Texas for 2008 & 2009.
The ‘Heart Scan’ is performed to check for any plaque or calcium build up in the coronary arteries which causes heart disease or can lead to a heart attack. Cardiac Scoring is a better predictor of coronary events than cholesterol screening or other risk factors.
How do you test for heart disease?
The HeartScan tests for early warnings for heart disease using a state-of-the-art 64-slice or 16-slice CT scanner that takes a series of images from inside your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. The images are then examined by a doctor to determine the amount of calcified or hardened plaque inside your coronary arteries.
What does the HeartScan detect?
The HeartScan detects the amount of calcified or hardened plaque inside your coronary arteries. Hardened plaque is one early indicator of heart disease.
Who should have the HeartScan?
You should consult with your physician to see if a HeartScan is right for you. Your physician is in the best position to determine whether a HeartScan might help in your care. If you have risk factors for heart disease, a HeartScan may help you and your physician to determine the best treatment for you.
Risk factors for heart disease include:
- A family history of heart disease
- History of a stroke
- Other vascular disease
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
How often should I get a HeartScan?
You should NOT get a HeartScan more often than every 5 years.
A HeartScan is not recommended for people who have had a heart catheterization or who have known heart disease.