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Frequently asked questions

Does it matter how many heart procedures a hospital does?

The more you do, the better you are. Research shows that patients at hospitals where fewer heart procedures are done have more complications than patients at hospitals with robust heart programs. 

In the last five years, Salem Health has done more than 1,700 open-heart surgeries. You can be confident that you’ve come to the right place to find experienced physicians and staff.

Are services available in Dallas?

Yes. Board-certified cardiologists Raghu Kamineni and Kevin Thompson from Salem have office hours in Dallas for your convenience. To visit a heart or vascular specialist in Dallas, ask your primary care provider for a referral.

Can I get diagnostic tests at Salem Health?

You don’t need to travel to a larger city to take advantage of the latest diagnostic tools—we have them conveniently located at Salem Health Heart and Vascular Center and West Valley Hospital in Dallas.

We offer a full array of state-of-the-art equipment to make your visit as efficient as possible. Case in point: One out of every three people who have a “routine” heart study ends up needing additional treatment — sometimes immediately.

We offer a full spectrum of treatment and intervention services so we don’t skip a beat between finding the problem and correcting it.

Talk you your doctor about your heart disease risk factors. He or she can advise you about diagnostic checkups you may need. If you are having severe chest pain, please seek immediate medical attention — this is an emergency! 

Where can I learn more?

American Heart Association

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

American College of Cardiology

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MedlinePlus: Cardiovascular

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

Contact us

If you have any questions about the diagnostic services we perform, call the Salem Health Heart and Vascular Center at 503-814-1700.