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Heart Health

Every 36 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. As the seconds tick by, the many faces of UTHealth are taking on the toughest cardiac cases and pursue groundbreaking research to save lives throughout our communities.

Heart Health

As the number one cause of death across the nation, cardiovascular disease can bring devastating consequences to patients and their families. With rising rates of diabetes and obesity—as well as the long-term cardiovascular effects emerging from COVID-19—people throughout Texas are at increasing risk of a major cardiac event.

UTHealth is distinctly positioned to rise to the challenges of treating heart disease. Here, scientific discovery, education, and clinical care connect to tackle cardiovascular conditions from every angle. Our experts leverage broad skills in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiology to provide compassionate, specialized care that begins before a patient is born and lasts throughout their life.

Thanks to our innovations in preventive treatments, cardiac imaging, and surgical techniques, people are more likely to receive life-saving care than ever before. Yet—with more than 30% of Houstonians suffering from high blood pressure—there is still work to be done to improve heart health.

Your support of Many Faces. One Mission. can help stop the clock on heart disease and bring new hope to patients throughout our communities. With your commitment, we can create better treatments, better training programs, and better outcomes for people living with heart disease.

  • Research and Education

    From investigating the molecular and chemical functions of the heart to translating these discoveries into life-changing treatments, research at UTHealth provides the best possible outcomes for children and adults with heart disease. Each day, our experts demonstrate their dedication to better understanding the heart while training our students to follow in their footsteps. Our graduates go on to discover new techniques to save hearts while providing patient-centered care at hospitals across the nation.

  • State-of-the-Art Imaging Facilities

    By identifying the early stages of cardiovascular disease, our experts can deliver personalized therapies tailored to each patient. And our achievements in cardiovascular imaging have been changing heart medicine for decades—the Weatherhead PET Center for Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis has been producing landmark discoveries since 1979. Together with the Stewart Cardiovascular Imaging and Therapeutic Innovation Laboratory, our imaging centers provide a proving ground where innovative cardiovascular treatments can be tested and refined using the latest in high-resolution imaging equipment.

  • Pediatric Heart Care 

    With one out of every 100 births affected by a congenital heart defect, our pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons treat challenging cases to ensure children with complex heart problems can live long, healthy lives. By conducting fetal heart surgeries and providing cardiac treatments throughout childhood, UTHealth provides comprehensive care at all stages of life.