Getting heart care you need now can make a difference later

From heart scans to heart surgery, get the advanced care you need at Ascension Seton in Central Texas. Appointments available with a cardiologist. 

Ascension Seton

Specialty heart care close to home

In Central Texas, our experienced cardiovascular specialists provide the care that is right for you. Your health shouldn't wait, even now. We are now providing virtual (telehealth) visits so that you have more options for heart care. Call your doctor first to discuss whether a virtual visit is an option for your care. When an in-person visit is necessary, we have strict precautions in place for your safety while in our care.

While certain things have been postponed, it’s important for you to talk with your doctor if you have been delaying care. Because delaying care may impact your health. Ascension Seton heart doctors and care teams can help you plan when and how to get the care you need. Whether you're coming to us with a cardiac emergency, or we're monitoring and treating a chronic condition such as AFib, our care starts by listening to understand you. Then we're able to deliver the care that's right for you. With cardiologists and vascular specialists trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, and as part of a national network, you have access to advanced heart care close to home, including: 

  • The highest level of emergency heart care in the Austin area. 
  • The only heart transplant center in Austin, along with other lifesaving procedures that support it, like ECMO and permanent ventricular assist device programs. 
  • A women's heart care program in Austin. 
  • Three heart hospitals with gold designations from the American College of Cardiology.

Getting the right heart care at the right time is critical for your health. Find a doctor today. Ask about virtual care (e.g, telehealth or online) appointments for your first consultation and as part of your ongoing care. You can have these virtual visits from the comfort of your home. You’ll be able to talk with your doctor one on one via video from your phone or computer and get the care that’s right for you.

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Healthy arteries are flexible and wide until the blood flow is blocked, making them stiff and narrow. This condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD).

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Having an irregular heartbeat can greatly increase a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. Irregular heartbeat may be caused by many things, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Other risk factors matter too.

If you have a family history of CAD or AFib, you may be at risk for heart disease.

How to get a second opinion for heart and vascular care

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Schedule a heart screening

Having a $75 heart scan takes less than 30 minutes of your time and could be life saving. After your screenings, talk with your primary care doctor about your results and changes you can make to improve your heart health. After you get back your heart scan results, you should follow up with your primary care doctor or cardiologist.

A heart scan is recommended if: 

  • You are over 40 years old - men and women.
  • You have no previous history of heart disease.
  • You have not had a heart screening in the last 5 years.

Preparing for a heart scan

When having a heart screen, you should not consume caffeine or decaffeinated products, smoke, or consume chocolate at least 12 hours prior to the testing.

If you have any questions before scheduling your heart scan, please call 512-324-9999, ext. 21855 or learn more about Ascension Seton's cardiac imaging capabilities. 


Patient finds way to thank his heart surgeon
For Ed, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Rather than stumble for the words to thank his cardiothoracic surgeon, Ed sends photos of himself doing his favorite activities, including fly fishing, golfing, and riding bicycles. 

Cardiologist was at hospital in a heartbeat
Tim is grateful for his heart care team at Ascension. On the night of his cardiac episode, his care team was right by his side, providing personalized, compassionate heart care.

Stories from the heart

***A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, family history of heart disease.***

Understanding the heart care needs of women

The Seton Heart Institute provides thorough risk assessments and high-quality heart care, specially designed for women. Our program is for:

  • Women with risk factors but no symptoms 
  • Women with a history of heart disease and symptoms (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.) 
  • Women at significant risk of having a cardiac event in the future

At Ascension, you have access to a full network of services and specialty care doctors. The Women’s Heart Center is at Seton Heart Institute, Austin, Texas. The Women's Heart Center provides convenient access to doctors who specialize in women’s health. We take the time to listen and understand your health concerns and provide convenient access to all of Ascension Seton’s heart disease diagnostic and treatment resources.


Whether you’re dealing with a new diagnosis or deciding on a cardiac treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about when facing a serious cardiovascular health issue. If you’re looking for a second opinion, cardiologists at Ascension Seton are here for you.

We can help match you with the right cardiologist or heart and vascular specialist. Ask about virtual care (e.g, telehealth or online) appointments for your second opinion appointment. 

Before your appointment, you should check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required. Ascension Seton can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

Telehealth or virtual visits available - Ascension Seton heart doctors are now offering phone or video appointments. Call your doctor for to see if a virtual visit is right for you.  

Changing the way we provide care
Ascension is changing the way we provide care, but with the same compassionate care you've come to expect. 

Options for your care

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension Seton, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms and common areas to accommodate social distancing, making more online appointments available, treating patients who are ill at separate sites of care, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

Frequently asked questions

What services are provided by a cardiologist? 
From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health to provide heart care that’s right for you. Our total care approach uses a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques. Our doctors are also part of a national network of specialists, sharing best practices and advanced treatment options for more complex heart conditions. 

What heart conditions does a cardiologist treat? 
Our cardiovascular specialists diagnose and treat diseases of the heart. We work with you to make a personalized care plan that helps preserve your independence while helping to slow heart disease and prevent complications. Our heart doctors and care teams can help treat a range of conditions such as atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, coronary artery  disease, congestive heart failure , high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and hypertension. 

What are symptoms of a heart attack? 
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. There may also be symptoms like shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or discomfort in the neck, jaw or arms. If you or a loved one is experiencing the warning signs of a heart attack, don’t wait to get emergency care. ERs at Ascension hospitals are open 24/7. 

Are there virtual options available for cardiologist appointments? 

Virtual (telehealth) visits may be appropriate for some of your visits with your cardiologist so that you get the care you need without leaving home. When you call to schedule, ask about the right option for your care.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.