The Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Clinic offers several clinics that in addition to the care provided for patients during routine office visits...

The Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Clinic offers several clinics that in addition to the care provided for patients during routine office visits, certified nurses and experts in their field will provide follow-up care to include critical educational information and lifestyle changes that must be made to ensure lifelong continued health and happiness.
Specialized clinics are held at the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute, 1710 E. Saunders St. B275, Laredo Medical Center, 5th floor. In addition, follow-up care can be managed by telephone for patients who are home-bound, have difficulty with transportation to their physician’s office, or prefer the convenience of care from home.

Chest Pain Clinic

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying each year of heart disease. Even though more than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, there are many conditions that could bring on chest pain that are not related to the heart. Some of these include:

  • Lung Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Bone, Muscle or Nerve Problems
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks

At the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute, we know that minutes count when it comes to surviving a heart attack. Therefore, at the onset of chest pain, our multi-disciplinary team consisting of board-certified physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, will provide exceptional care for the best possible outcomes.

Upon arriving at the Chest Pain Clinic, staff will immediately perform a complete workup to include electrocardiogram, labs, and several evaluation exams to determine the diagnosis and best treatment plan for your condition.

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

The Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute provides comprehensive care for patients with the diagnosis of heart failure. The staff work with the physician to provide long-term outpatient heart failure management.

Infusion therapy, medication assistance, and in-depth teaching about the disease process and lifestyle are just a few of the services available to the patient.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body. Congestive heart failure can be caused by:

  • Diseases that weaken the heart muscle
  • Diseases that cause stiffening of the heart muscles
  • Diseases that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the capability of the heart to deliver adequate oxygen-rich blood
  • Pacemaker Clinic

A pacemaker is a small device that helps your heart beat more regularly. It does this with a small electrical stimulation that helps control your heartbeat. At the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute, pacemakers are placed under the skin on your chest, just under your collarbone. It’s hooked up to your heart with tiny wires, but as with most electronics, pacemakers require special care.

At the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute Pacemaker Clinic, specially trained registered nurses and physicians provide education and ongoing care for patients who have a pacemaker.

The Pacemaker Clinic helps optimize pacemaker therapy by:

  • Providing patients with pacemaker therapy support and education
  • Identifying pacemaker malfunction early
  • Optimizing the pacemaker settings to best meet patient needs
  • Predicting pacemaker battery end-of-life to ensure elective and safe replacement

Coumadin® Clinic

The Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute is committed to the overall health and well-being of our patients, therefore we have established an anticoagulation clinic to monitor and assist our patients who take blood-thinning medications.
This specialized clinic is a simple, convenient way to monitor and assist patients taking Coumadin® or any other brand of anticoagulant or blood-thinning medication. At the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute, the Clinic is held during a special time set aside for patients on these medications.
Importance of this Clinic
If taking anti-coagulation medication, there is potential for many dangerous side effects that can occur if the medication is not properly monitored. Some of these side effects can be life-threatening, therefore communication between the patient and the health provider at the Coumadin® Clinic is important.

The Coumadin® Clinic helps optimize anticoagulant therapy by:

  • Decreased risk of potentially life-threatening complications
  • Immediate results, while you’re there
  • Better anticoagulant monitoring/management – Increased access to education and support

As a patient of the Clinic, you will be required to attend a private appointment with the Nurse Practitioner each month. She/he will take a drop of your blood by finger stick and analyze your PT/INR (Prothrombin Time/International Normalized Ration) level. Results will be reviewed with you and any appropriate adjustments to your medication will be prescribed. Additionally, you will learn about the complications, diet, and drug interactions related to Coumadin.