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Heart & Stroke Center

The Heart & Stroke Center is a 106,000-square-foot facility that houses the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care center. From the latest in medical technology to the Center’s highly trained professional staff of surgeons, physician specialists, nurses and technicians, the Heart & Stroke Center in Lufkin is designed to keep patients close to home for some of the most complicated medical procedures.

For more information, call (936) 329-8571.

Cardiovascular Care

The new Center is home to some of the area’s most advanced cardiac catheterization labs and surgery suites in Lufkin.  The Center includes 1 specialty surgery suite, 1 catheterization lab and 1 state-of-the-art hybrid room that accommodates both catheterization and surgical procedures.  In the future, an additional catheterization lab and surgery suite will be added.

The Cardiac Cath Lab provides a comprehensive array of diagnostic and interventional procedures ranging from angiography and pressure measurements to intravascular thrombolytic therapy, atherectomy, angioplasty, coronary and peripheral stenting, Cryoplasty, Hybrid angio-surgical procedures, AAA endograft procedures, 3-D mapping with RFA Ablation procedures, electrophysiology procedures and inpatient cardiac rehabilitation. 

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

  • Ablation therapy
  • Angiojet
  • Angioplasty and coronary stenting, IVUS and CFR measurements
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardioversion
  • Cryoplasty
  • Diagnostic catheterization and hemodynamic pressure measurements
  • Electrophysiology studies with 3-D mapping
  • Pacemaker and AICD implants
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral angiography and revascularization therapy

Facilities and Equipment

Procedures are performed in two new Toshiba state-of-the-art cath labs with computerized digital hemodynamics and charting.  High resolution images are stored digitally and can be downloaded to a CD for transport or emailed via the Internet.  Two private consultation rooms, located within the cardiac unit, are included in the image chain, allowing patients’ family members to view images either upon completion of the procedure or when consideration of further therapy becomes necessary.  Patients recover in our same day surgery area, which is conveniently located a few doors down from the surgery suite or are admitted to the Progressive Care or Intensive Care Units as needed, allowing for continuity of specialized care.

Intensive Care & Progressive Care

A new intensive care unit that includes 24 rooms – doubling the number of ICU beds previously available at the hospital – is conveniently located near the surgery suites, while the 26-bed Progressive Care Unit is housed on the fourth floor.  Both units feature unique mini nurses’ stations that are positioned between every two patient rooms.  This gives nurses the ability to constantly monitor patients.   


Staffing includes four personnel per room consisting of registered nurses, radiological technologists and cardiovascular invasive specialists.  Staff members also are cross trained in different areas to provide a continuity of care.  Their roles include charting, driving, scrubbing and circulating the cases all under the direction of the physician.  Additional staff members are added depending on difficulty of case or acuity of patient.  All staff is required to maintain appropriate licensure or certifications.

Stroke Care

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a brain attack.  It is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. However, it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.  In fact, Texas is part of the Stroke Belt with a stroke mortality rate up to 4 times the national average.  This is why it is important to increase public awareness regarding symptom recognition, emergency response, risk factors and prevention.

The Stroke Center at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery of East Texans suffering from stroke.  Through a partnership with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial is the area’s first and only Joint Commission Certified Primary Care Stroke Center in East Texas.  This partnership also allows for the exchange of ideas, education, technology and best practices between the two institutions.

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • CT Technology Designated for Stroke Patients
  • Robot for Enhanced Telemedicine Capability for Treating Stroke
  • 24 Hour Radiologist Service
  • Dedicated Stroke Team
  • t-PA (the only FDA approved treatment for acute ischemic stroke) administration
  • Dedicated Stroke Unit
  • Full service rehab capabilities – Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists
  • Neurosurgical Physicians on staff
  • Neurologists on staff

Symptoms of Stroke

  • New or sudden onset of weakness/paralysis, especially on one side of the body, including the face
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Speech and language deficits
  • Impaired judgment and thought processes; confusion
  • Visual changes
  • Think F.A.S.T.: and understand these signs and symptoms of stroke:
    • Face – Is one side drooped?  Is it numb?
    • Arms – Hold both arms straight out; Is one drifting down?
    • Speech – Is it slurred?  Can the person communicate?
    • Time – Note the time when symptoms started.  Call 911 immediately.

Risk Factors

  • Non-Modifiable Risk Factors: age, gender, race, family history, personal history of stroke
  • Modifiable Risk Factorshypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking
  • Women’s unique risk factors: pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement

Prevention/Stroke Outreach Programs

CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial is educating the community on the signs and symptoms of stroke.  We are reaching out to the community through school, civic club and health fair partnerships.  If you would like to learn more, contact the Heart & Stroke Center at 936-631-6789.

  • Community Educator
  • Health Fairs
  • Seminars
  • Schools, Churches, Civic Organizations
  • Support Groups
  • Partnerships
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