Cardiology

Memorial’s outstanding staff of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and specialists perform more than 25,000 total cardiac procedures annually. Using advanced techniques and technology, our Cardiac Care Team collaborates to ensure high-quality care for the hearts of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico.

Early Heart Attack Care and Awareness 

Find out how 15 minutes of your time is all it takes to learn about detecting and caring for a heart attack in its early stages. Think, just 15 minutes could save a life! 

Making heart health a priority

Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.

Accredited Chest Pain Program with PCI

Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce that we have successfully been re-accredited by the renowned American College of Cardiology for our Chest Pain with PCI. What does this really mean?

This means that Memorial Medical Center has adopted, adhered to, and achieved best in-class standards of care related to the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Since cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death for over a decade, our team found it of the utmost importance to seek alignment with the most respected accrediting agency not only in the nation, but in the world.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Memorial Medical Center has three, fully equipped catheterization labs that are well suited to accommodate both scheduled and emergent procedures. Our catheterizations labs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our highly trained teams are able to perform both caridiac and peripheral procedures. Some of the procedures that we perform in the catherization labs include:

  • Diagnostic Catheterization – Left & Right Heart
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Pacemaker Implantation 
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator  (ICD)
  • MRI Compatible Pacemaker Implantation
  • Reveal Loop Recorder Implantation
  • Stent Placement
  • Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Stenting and Angiography

In 2019 Memorial opened an exclusive patient preparation and recovery unit will specially trained staff to care for Catheterization Lab patients both before and after their procedures. Do you have more questions regarding our Cardiovascular Services at Memorial Medical Center?

Please feel free to reach out to our service line at (575) 521-2211.

Cardiothoracic Surgery (Open Heart Surgery)

Memorial Medical Center’s cardiothoracic surgical team has performed thousands of open heart procedures and is proud to have been providing services to our community for over 30 years. The skill and experience of our team provides the foundation for consistent, exemplary patient outcomes. Memorial Medical Center is proud to report our participation in the quality reporting registry, Society of Thoracic Surgery (also referred to as STS). Our participation allows us to nationally benchmark our services and patient outcomes not only nationally, but worldwide. The allows our program to undergo constant re-evaluate and improvement our care standards.

Cardiothoracic surgery is only performed after all other options have been fully explored, including interventional cardiology procedures that can sometimes avoid the need for surgery. If surgery is indeed required, patients and their families will meet with the members of our cardiothoracic surgical team and develop a multidisciplinary care approach that will follow evidence based practices.

Some of the cardiovascular surgical services that Memorial Medical Center offers include the following:

  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect repairs
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), commonly known as bypass surgery
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Minimally invasive open heart surgery
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Myomectomy for heart tumors
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Pacemaker insertions
  • Thoracic aorta repairs
  • Traumatic heart injuries
  • Valve repair and replacement, using mechanical valves and bioprosthetic valves
  • Ventricular aneurysm repair

Heart Failure Bridge Clinic Accredited Heart Failure Program

Memorial Medical Center is proud to be the only Heart Failure Accredited Program in the entire southern region of New Mexico! We have been fully accredited by the renowned and peer respected American College of Cardiology.

This means that Memorial Medical Center has adopted, adhered to, and achieved best in-class standards of care related to the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Since cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death for over a decade, our team found it of the utmost importance to seek alignment with the most respected accrediting agency not only in the nation, but in the world.

Services in the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic include a follow up call within 24-72 hours and a scheduled visit within 7-14 days after discharge. Our team will:

  • Review the medical history, learn tools for self-care including exercise, nutrition, guidelines and fluid management techniques
  • Educate on the early and late signs and symptoms of heart failure exacerbations
  • Provide tools for self-care including exercise, nutrition, guidelines for fluid management techniques
  • Educate as to when to come to the clinic for care and when to report directly to the emergency department
  • Connect individuals to community resources

Our skilled team will communicate the services and education provided in the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic to the individuals Cardiologist or Primary Care Provider for a smooth transition in care.

Memorial Medical Center
Heart Failure Program and Bridge Clinic
2450 S. Telshor Blvd
(2nd floor, West Annex)
Las Cruces, NM  88011
Office 575.556.6257
Fax 575.556.6539

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Memorial Medical Center offers a fully equipped Cardiac Rehabilitation Center staffed with highly qualified team members. Our overall goal is to improve the strength and stamina of our patients so that they may return to their own daily, independent routines.

We provide an individualized exercise program that will extend over 12, 24 or 36, one hour sessions depending on the degree of need. We have a variety of exercise equipment that can provide accommodation for patients with range of motion limitations.

You may qualify for Cardiac Rehabilitation if you have experienced any of the following:

  • A heart attack (also known as a “myocardial infarction”) in the past 12 months
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Valve replacement or repair
  • Angioplasty or “stent” placement
  • Heart transplant
  • Stable chest pain (also known as stable angina)
  • Congestive heart failure

Cardiac Rehab is a team effort and it is for this reason we will discuss all aspects of care from medication regimens, dietary routines, and access to community resources and offer opportunities for improvement in a non-judgmental and realistic approach. Cardiac Rehab is also an excellent opportunity to surround yourself with others’ that have gone through similar experiences which many of our members find very therapeutic.

Please talk to your doctor if you are interested in joining our Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Most insurance plans partially or fully cover the cost of this service, all you need is a referral and we can schedule your appointment!

Memorial Medical Center
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
2450 S. Telshor Blvd
(2nd Floor, West Annex)
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Office 575.521.5353
Fax 575.556.6533

Exercise Rehabilitation for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce the availability of exercise rehabilitation for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). This is a unique and individualized program tailored to individual participant’s strengths and even limitations. The exercise is performed to the patient’s tolerance and improved each session.

PAD symptoms can include leg numbness or weakness, painful cramping in one or both of your hips, thighs, or calf muscles after certain activities such as walking or climbing stairs, sores on your toes or feet that don’t seem to heal and skin that is cool to the touch in your lower leg or foot.

Exercise rehabilitation for PAD typically lasts 36 sessions over 12 weeks and will last approximately 30-60 minutes. All rehabilitation exercised are supervised by a Registered Nurse and are overseen by a Physician.

Exercise rehabilitation is a team effort and it is for this reason we will discuss all aspects of care from medication regimens, dietary routines, and access to community resources and offer opportunities for improvement in a non-judgmental and realistic approach. This program is also an excellent opportunity to surround yourself with others’ that have gone through similar experiences which many of our members find very therapeutic.

Please talk to your doctor if you are interested in joining our exercise rehabilitation program. Most insurance plans partially or fully cover the cost of this service, all you need is a referral!

Memorial Medical Center
PAD Rehabilitation Program
2450 S. Telshor Blvd
(2nd floor, West Annex)
Las Cruces, NM  88011
Office 575.521.5353
Fax 575. 556.6533

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce the championing of our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. This calculated service offers our members individualized treatment plans targeted to the management for individuals with chronic respiratory disease.  Pulmonary Rehab has been scientifically proven to improve quality of life and plays an essential role in symptom management. Pulmonary Rehab members often report feelings of decreased anxiety, depression, increased activity and an emergence from isolation during and after the program.

We provide an individualized exercise program that will extend over 12, 24 or 36, one hour sessions depending on the degree of need. We have a variety of exercise equipment that can provide accommodation for patients with range of motion limitations. All rehabilitation exercises are supervised by a Registered Nurse and are overseen by a Pulmonologist.

You may qualify for Pulmonary Rehabilitation if you have moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (defined as GOLD classification II, III, or IV).

Please talk to your doctor if you are interested in joining our Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Most insurance plans partially or fully cover the cost of this service, all you need is a referral!

Memorial Medical Center
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
2450 S. Telshor Blvd
(2nd floor, West Annex)
Las Cruces, NM  88011
Office 575.521.5353
Fax 575. 556.6533

Cardiovascular Testings

Memorial Medical Center is proud to offer a variety of cardiovascular testing modalities. This will allow your care team to appropriately evaluate your symptoms and determine the most appropriate and evidence based plan of care. Some of the testing options we offer include:

  • EKG 
  • Stress Testing
  • Nuclear Stress Testing
  • Lexi Scan 
  • Holter Monitoring 
  • EEG
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA)
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
  • Cardioversion 

If you would like additional information or specific details about any of these tests, please reach out to our Cardiovascular Service Line at (575) 521-2211.