Heart Care

Heart Care for Southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast Region

Your heart health has been years in the making, and so has our care. A leader in Southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast Region, we opened Mobile’s first coronary unit in 1966 and performed the area’s first open-heart surgery in 1978.

Since then, our top physicians have kept up with the pace of technological advances, and we offer the latest procedures to help patients reclaim their cardiovascular health.

  • Advanced Diagnostics. When it comes to prevention and early intervention, minutes matter, and so do years. We help patients and physicians see as far into the future as possible to prevent problems and move toward good health.
  • Full-Service Care. Infirmary Health offers one of the state’s most comprehensive centers for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation with a full complement of catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab, diagnostics, open-heart suites and care units.
  • Time-Saving Design. Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital combine our award-winning cardiac services, keeping families informed and patients on the fast-track. We also educate patients and families in how to manage heart failure as an outpatient.
  • Rehabilitation Program. Want to take control of your health? You’re not alone. Operation Bounce-Back is the largest medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program in the state.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis). This narrowing prevents the valve from opening fully, which obstructs blood flow from your heart into your aorta and onward to the rest of your body. Aortic stenosis can cause chest pain, fainting, fatigue, leg swelling and shortness of breath. It may also lead to heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is sometimes called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The replacement valve is delivered through a catheter or long tube, which is inserted through the groin or, in some cases, across the apex of the heart. TAVR may be an option for people who are considered at intermediate or high risk of complications from surgical aortic valve replacement. TAVR may also be indicated in certain people who can't undergo open-heart surgery. The decision to treat aortic stenosis with TAVR is made after consultation with a multidisciplinary group of medical and surgical heart specialists who together determine the best treatment option for each individual. TAVR can relieve the signs and symptoms of aortic valve stenosis. Patients who undergo TAVR often go home within one to three days.
  • Watchman or LAAC: Watchman is the trade name for a Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device (LAAC) manufactured by Boston Scientific. Traditionally, patients who have AFib are treated with blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke. However certain patients cannot tolerate the medications or have other life issues which prevent them from taking these blood thinners. By employing the Watchman closure device, the appendage is closed off which prevents the blood from entering and clotting. Sometime after placement, the closure device is checked through an echocardiogram and then the blood thinners can be stopped. The decision to employ the Watchman LACC Device is made after consultation with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and technologists. Patients who undergo this procedure often go home the next day.
  • TMVR: Mitral regurgitation occurs when your mitral valve’s two leaflets (or flaps) do not close completely, allowing blood to flow backward through the valve into the left atrium. Degenerative mitral regurgitation (also called primary or organic) can be related to age, a birth defect, or underlying heart disease. Mitral regurgitation places an extra burden on your heart and lungs. Over time, some people may develop an enlarged heart because it has to work harder to pump blood through the body. If it is not treated, mitral regurgitation can cause other, more serious problems to your heart, such as heart failure, a condition that occurs when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of your body. Treatment for your degenerative mitral regurgitation depends on how severe it is and how sick you are. Your cardiologist may prescribe medications that reduce symptoms, such as diuretics for fluid buildup in the lungs. However, these medications only treat the symptoms and do not address the underlying problem with your mitral valve that is causing your disease. Degenerative mitral regurgitation, itself, can only be anatomically corrected in two ways: mitral valve surgery or transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR). TMVR is a minimally invasive procedure that may be an option for patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too sick for surgery. Unlike surgery, this procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access your heart through a vein in your leg to repair your mitral valve. MitraClip, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, is the only TMVR option to treat mitral regurgitation. The decision to treat this condition with MitraClip is made after consultation with a multidisciplinary group of medical and surgical heart specialists who together determine the best treatment option for each individual.

The American Heart Association proudly recognizes Mobile Infirmary with the Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation: Gold Achievement Award Hospital and Adult Patient Population Recognition. Mobile Infirmary has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure: Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures. Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, the program has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001.


Heart Center at Thomas Hospital

Thomas Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.* The hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association as a Heart Mission Lifeline Silver STEMI Receiving Center for adhering to the highest scientific standards for heart care. The center consists of two open-heart surgery rooms with support space, two fully-equipped operating rooms, a seven-bed surgical intensive care unit with dedicated waiting room, two state-of-the-art cardiovascular labs and an 11-bed coronary-vascular recovery area.

Every effort is focused on patient outcomes, safety, comfort, and security. We assign a nurse to each family to escort them, answer questions and provide frequent updates on the patient's progress.

The award-winning cardiac program includes such services as dedicated cardiac beds in the emergency room, non-invasive diagnostics, catheterization labs, open-heart surgery and a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Thomas Hospital STAT Heart Program

The Thomas Hospital STAT Heart Program was the first in the region to focus on streamlining emergency care to meet the national goal of providing angioplasty (a non-surgical procedure to treat diseased arteries) within 90 minutes from a patient’s arrival at the hospital (often referred to as door-to-balloon time.)

The STAT Heart program is a collaborative effort between MedStar EMS, North Baldwin EMS, North Baldwin Infirmary, South Baldwin Hospital, local physicians and urgent care clinics in Baldwin County that was initiated by Thomas Hospital. This partnership ensures that patients located in the rural community receive emergent heart care at least as fast as patients in larger urban areas. Since the launch of the STAT Heart Program in 2004, the program has served more than 730 patients in Baldwin County who have suffered from heart attacks.

In southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, Infirmary Health is a leading provider of heart care. Browse our website to learn more about related cardiac services as well as our emergency care and long-term acute care.

*Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.