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 Providence in Waco, Texas. Appointments available with a heart specialist. 

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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

When it comes to heart disease, early detection can make a world of difference. 

heart scan takes less than 30 minutes of your time and can save a life. A quick, painless screening may detect certain forms of heart disease and help reduce the risk of a heart attack and costs $100.  

Ask your primary care doctor if it's time to have a heart scan. Finding problems early can mean preventing heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for men and women.

A screening is recommended for men age 40+ and women age 45+ with one or more of these heart disease risk factors: 

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart disease

A screening is also recommended if you have no previous history of heart disease, or if you have not had a heart screening in the last 5 years. If you’re over 50, your risk of heart disease could be higher. 

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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.

Heart scan results

After you get back your heart scan results, you should follow up with your primary care doctor or cardiologist.

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.

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. Ascension Providence doctors are now providing virtual (telehealth) visits so that you have more options for care. Call your Ascension Providence doctor first to discuss whether a virtual visit is an option for your care. If it's not, know that our promise is to keep you safe while you're receiving care from us. 

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 Providence 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 hear 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.

In Waco, Ascension Providence has earned a platinum designation 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.


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, heart specialists at Ascension Providence are here for you.

We can help match you with the right 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 can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

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 Providence, our commitment is to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ER, hospital, 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 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.


At Ascension Providence, you'll find a different kind of relationship between you and your care team. It starts with getting to know you and your story, so we can deliver the care that's right for you. Whether your need is simple or complex, our team of heart specialists are here with you every step of the way. Because when it comes to your health, it's more than caring. It's our calling.

Your care is our calling.