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Nationally Ranked Heart and Cardiac Surgery Center

The Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center ranked nationally among Adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery hospitals; in the 2021-2022 rankings, it was also the highest-ranking heart care center in Houston. As a global leader in patient care for nearly six decades, the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s has been ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report since the rankings first launched over 30 years ago.

The Cardiology & Heart Surgery ranking is based on analysis of patient outcomes in the medical and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease, the volume of high-risk patients, patient experience, nurse staffing, public transparency, and use of advanced clinical technologies.

In the Cardiology & Heart Surgery category, U.S. News evaluated 592 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that care for patients who required challenging heart and vascular treatments, including heart transplants, implantation of cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, major chest procedures, and treatments for complex cardiovascular diseases such as endocarditis, heart failure, and circulatory issues.

“For patients and their families suffering from the most complex cardiovascular conditions or who have significantly heightened risk, these rankings provide a valuable resource for locating skilled sources of care,” said Joseph G. Rogers, MD, President and CEO of the Texas Heart Institute.

This year, in addition to being ranked 13th in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center received the highest possible ratings for all complex cardiovascular conditions and treatments, including heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart attack.


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