The Heart Truth

The heart truth is heart disease is the #1 killer in America, and many do not know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. We want to empower you in your heart health. Use this page to learn about heart disease and how the UMC Heart Center is your partner in caring for your heart.

Every Heart Beats its own Tune

At UMC Health System, we know that each heartbeat is unique to the individual. That’s why when Boyce Wyrick had a heart attack, he trusted the cardiac team at UMC. Much like making the symphony even more powerful when it is joined by the sound of the upright bass, our full team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardiac rehab makes your recovery at UMC even stronger.

UMC Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is detailed and designed to improve cardiovascular health following a cardiac event or procedure. It is physician supervised and allows Cardiac Rehab therapists to give tools for lifestyle changes and preventing future events.

Through cardiac rehab, our patients can heal in multiple ways: physically, emotionally and mentally. They also are able to interact with others who have experienced a similar health event.

Patients who attend cardiac rehab are more likely to:

  • Go back to work/hobbies
  • Continue with lifestyle changes
  • 40% less likely to have another event
  • Adhere to exercise
  • Prevent readmission to the hospital

Strong evidence shows that cardiac rehab programs can benefit individuals:

  • Who suffered a heart attack
  • With stable angina
  • Received a stent or angioplasty
  • Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
  • Undergone bypass, valve or a heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Peripheral Artery disease

Know the Warning Signs

According to the CDC, 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent— meaning the person isn’t aware they are suffering a heart attack and doesn’t seek immediate medical attention. Because symptoms of a heart attack can be different in women than in men, women especially may not realize they are having a heart attack. Interact with the graphic below to learn about the warning signs many people are missing.

Heart Attack Signs in Men


Light Headedness


Shortness of Breath


Chest Discomfort

Feels like: pressure, squeezing, fullness, pain - it may last for a few minutes or go away & return.



In one or both arms, shoulders, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.




Cold Sweat

Heart Attack Signs in Women


Major Fatigue


Shortness of Breath



In one or both arms, back, neck, or jaw.


Chest Discomfort

Feels like: pressure, squeezing, fullness, pain in the center of the chest.


Nausea/Indigestion or Stomach Pain

Often mistaken for the flu or food poisoning.


Cold Sweat

Services offered by the UMC Heart Center

We treat a wide range of heart issues, from emergencies to everyday management. We work with Texas Tech Physicians to offer the latest in cardiac technology because we share in the belief that your care should be available in one facility, close to home.

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment

UMC is proud to offer advanced heart failure treatment options not usually readily available in our region. We use advanced technologies to give patients their lives back.

Advanced Treatment for Interventional Cardiology

Aside from traditional non-invasive screenings, patients receive more advanced interventional heart treatment close to home because of the UMC Heart Center.

Cardio-thoracic Surgery

The UMC Heart Center, in partnership with UMC Physicians and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, is privileged to offer a full range of cardiac surgery -- both elective and emergency. This is provided to you by our team of skillful cardiovascular surgeons.

Structural Heart

UMC Health System's Structural Heart Program is the region's only advanced structural heart program. This program offers great minimally invasive options.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Our Electrophysiology program, in partnership with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, uses the latest technology to evaluate if a person has heart damage, cardiac rhythm disorders, metabolic abnormalities and enlargement of the heart muscle.

Cardiac Rehab

UMC Cardiac rehab is a multidisciplinary program designed to help manage heart disease and assist patients in their recovery after a coronary intervention. Each individual's cardiac rehab regimen is molded to their needs in order to strengthen their heart and, in turn, the body as a whole.

To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, call the UMC Heart Center 806.775.8740.

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