HCM offers interventional cardiology in Fredericksburg

Beginning September, Hill Country Memorial patients requiring interventional cardiology will be able to undergo diagnosis and treatment in Fredericksburg.

Austin Heart interventional cardiologists Frank J. Zidar, MD, and John Moscona, MD, will perform interventional cardiology procedures in Fredericksburg on Mondays at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Patient care will be provided in collaboration with Drs. Greene, Gallagher, and Jepson.

HCM “is excited” to add interventional coronary procedures to its line of patient care services, according to Craig McCord, Imaging Director.

“This allows HCM to expand existing outstanding vascular and radiology patient-centered interventional services,” McCord said. “These services now support heart problems and other diseases that affect vascular, gastrointestinal, liver and gallbladder, kidney and bladder, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems. The expansion of interventional services will be influential in diagnosing and treating patients locally, reducing the need to travel long distances for these services, and therefore supporting HCM’s commitment to Remarkable Always.”

Zidar and Moscona are Partners at Austin Heart, Central, in Austin TX. While Zidar has consulted with local area patients undergoing procedures at Austin Heart, this is the first time he and his associate will offer coronary interventions at Hill Country Memorial.

Zidar considers it “unprecedented” to have these types of coronary procedures available in a community the size of Fredericksburg.

“It is unusual for a rural health care system to open a program such as this,” Zidar said. “What we are doing is bringing the specialty service to the community instead of sending the patients out. While not every patient that comes in with chest pain that needs a stent will qualify, the majority of cases will now be able to be done locally.”

Interventional Cardiology is the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery and vascular disease, heart disease, and congenital heart defects, using imaging and catheter-based techniques. When indicated, these procedures are less invasive, offer quicker recovery times, and do not require traditional open-heart surgeries.

“I’m familiar with the community, so this is an extension of my already existing presence there,” said Zidar, who has provided outreach in Fredericksburg since 2005. “For me, family is the most important thing in my life. When I say that I take care of my patients, I include their families. Not only do patients need to understand a procedure, I want them to understand why they need to stop smoking; I want them to understand why they need to lose weight. I look at my practice as an extension of my family.”

Moscona shares a similar approach to practice.

“This is a special service line of procedures that patients need, and what we do every day,” Moscona said. “While the process is routine, we understand for many of our patients this is the first time for any heart procedure. It is important we are able to talk to the patient and their families and reassure them this is a quick, safe procedure.”

Zidar received his medical degree from Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is married with three children, and as a family they enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating in the Texas Hill Country.

Moscona graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. The Louisiana native is married and has three children.

Andrew Bowser, MD, provides vascular interventional services and will continue to provide vascular angiography and interventional treatment such as stenting, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR).

South Texas Radiology Group provides interventional radiology services and will continue to provide catheter placement, stent placement, as well as biopsy and procedures requiring drainage.

The cardiologists at Hill Country Memorial are experienced in helping patients suffering from heart problems such as angina, heart disease, and heart failure.

Utilizing a powerful partnership with Austin Heart, our cardiology team is equipped with the latest innovations and state-of-the-art equipment to pinpoint accurate diagnoses and create robust and effective treatment plans. To help our patients, we solve problems with a broad range of treatment options tailored to each individual patient. We work with our patients and their families to pair effective treatment options with lifestyle modification recommendations, medication, and procedures as necessary. If surgery is needed, we work with Austin Heart Cardiac surgeons to assure the best possible results from surgery.

So, when you see a cardiologist from Hill Country Memorial, we don’t just work to save your heart. We help you save your life.