was established in the mid-1990s in order to bring outstanding cardiovascular care to residents of
the Brazos Valley. Over the years, BCS Heart has continued to expand its staff and medical services, and remains dedicated
to providing worldclass care through the use of state-of-the-art technology. We were one of the first
practices in the state of Texas to utilize high-resolution Cardiac PET (positron emission tomography) scanning for diagnosis
of coronary artery disease. We have remained on the forefront of recent medical innovations and have been major participants
in national clinical trials of coronary and carotid interventions.
BCS Heart consists of 4 Board Certified Cardiologists, 4 mid-level providers, and numerous nurses, aids, technicians, and office staff that together make BCS Heart one of
the most respected cardiovascular providers in the region. BCS Heart provides a full range of both comprehensive heart disease and cardiovascular services, including onsite
echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, cardiac PET scanning, all phases of cardiac monitoring, laboratory services,
and cardiac catheterization. Our on-site nuclear cardiology and PET imaging laboratory is ICANL Accredited.
Our physicians are all Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology & Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and have trained at some of the top medical centers in the country.
Our goal is to offer the patient a wide spectrum of treatment options with emphasis on simplifying procedures to fit the individual patient needs.
BCS Heart - In The News
Sept 21, 2012
Average Door-to-Balloon Time of 23 Minutes in August 2012
By JOE DANNENBAUM, MS, ATC, CSCS, Firefighter 472 - I want to express my gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the College Station Medical Center for the care that I received during my heart attack on the morning of August 13th 2012 .... [Read Full Article]
August 24, 2012
Brazos Valley Journal of Medicine - Dr. Bilhartz - ASD/PFO Diagnosis & Management
In today's Brazos Valley Physician's Organization Journal of Medicine, Dr. Rocky Bilhartz discusses diagnosis and management of holes in the heart known as atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO).
"A normal heart has four chambers. There's two at the back and two at the front. Atrial Septal Defect is a congenital heart condition, something that you are born with when you have an absence of the tissue that divides these two chambers.
This leads to enlargement of chambers, blood flow kind of moving in wrong directions in the heart, and eventually symptoms of shortness of breath or even heart failure. In Brazos Valley with about 200,000 people, eight births a year will have an Atrial Septal Defect" ... [Visit BV Journal of Medicine Site]
August 24, 2012
Brazos Valley Journal of Medicine - Dr. Bilhartz - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Diagnosis & Management
In today's Brazos Valley Physician's Organization Journal of Medicine, Dr. Rocky Bilhartz discusses diagnosis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
"High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use are risk factors that increase your chances of developing blockages in your heart arteries. But what most people don't know are these same risk factors also increase your potential for developing life threatening aortic aneurysms.
Your heart actually pumps oxygenated blood into the aorta, curves upwards towards the neck and supplies blood to the arms and the brain before it curves downward and supplies blood to the organs and eventually the legs." ... [Visit BV Journal of Medicine Site]
February 18, 2012
Calvert dancer gets a second chance after surgery
Now a senior at Calvert High School, 18-year-old Skyy Walker had been active on the dance squad and the track and basketball teams since she was in junior high. After graduation from high school in May, she planned on joining the Army. When school started in September, Walker underwent the required pre-participation physical exam so she could play sports again. As in the past, she expected the physical to reflect how healthy she was. But this school year was different: A heart murmur had been detected during the physical.
After a series of tests at the College Station Medical Center, it was discovered that Skyy had an Atrial Septal Defect ... [Read Full Article]
February 8, 2012
From Father to Son, Passing a Torch in Caring for the Heart
You almost miss the small plaque hanging in the office hallway at BCS Heart in College Station. An unobtrusive framed commendation from The MED's CEO, Tom Jackson, and Chief of Staff, Dr. Eric Wilke hangs on the wall. The 2009 certificate denotes their recognition of Dr. Marcel Lechin as one of USA Today's Most Influential Doctors ... [Read Full Article]
May 17, 2011
World's Smallest Heart Pump Available at the CS Medical Center
A new state of the art piece of technology is not only enhancing modern medicine in College Station. It is also changing the recovery process for heart surgery patients. And the College Station Medical Center is the first hospital in the Brazos Valley to unveil what is being called: "The world's smallest heart pump." ... [Read Full Article]
March 21, 2010
B-CS residents have access to impressive cardiac resources, but heart association looks to do even more
By JIM BUTLER - Special to The Eagle. Las Vegas is a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to die there. That's what was in the cards for me.
And I was only 55. My wife and I were walking through one ... [Read Full Article]
February 9, 2010
Mix and Mingle with the doctors from BCS Heart
5:30 p.m. Downtown Uncorked, 206 West 26th St., Bryan.
Hosted by College Station Medical Center's Healthy Woman Program to promote heart health for women with ... [Read Full Article]
August 18, 2009
Brazos Valley Journal of Medicine - Dr. Mario Lammoglia - Coronary Arterial Disease (CAD)
In today's Brazos Valley Physician's Organization Journal of Medicine, Dr. Mario Lammoglia discusses the diagnosis and management of coronary arterial disease (CAD).
"Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States today, but it can be prevented," Dr. Mario Lamoglia explains.
"What do we mean by Coronary Disease? It's not, per se, you have a 'disease' but that you have blockages in the Coronary Arteries. The arteries that supply blood flow to the actual heart muscle. These are the arteries that if become severely blocked off, or completely blocked off can lead to a heart attack or could cause symptoms of Angina or chest pain due to decrease blood flow to the heart muscle itself" ... [Visit BV Journal of Medicine Site]
August 12, 2009
Brazos Valley Journal of Medicine - Dr. Lane Miller - Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
In today's Brazos Valley Physician's Organization Journal of Medicine, Dr. Lane Miller discusses the diagnosis and management of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
"Peripheral artery disease is a situation where the arteries and the extremities build up plaque. As you know, plaque build up can occur in the coronary arteries and lead to a heart attack. A lot of folks don't know that this same process, known as atherosclerosis can actually occur in the leg arteries.
Some of the symptoms you might experience if you have Peripheral Artery Disease include claudication. Often times people compare this to a cramping like sensation. This can sometimes be misconstrued for back problems or nerve problems" ... [Visit BV Journal of Medicine Site]