About Us

The Heart Institute Today

Our goal is to continue to provide the most advanced state-of-the-art cardiovascular care in East Texas. The Heart Institute has been pioneers in state of the art care advancements to our community. We are a regional center of excellence for cardiovascular care. We are committed to serving East Texas.

Our Mission statement

“To provide a full continuum of high quality, cost effective, proactive, diagnostic and therapeutic heart & vascular services.  The Heart Institute of East Texas will be identified as the premier cardiology group committed to serving and enhancing the well-being of residents of the East Texas region.

The physicians and employees will be committed to functioning as an integrated team and to providing responsive and compassionate care through local and outreach coverage in order to improve access to care and provide a high level of satisfaction among patients, referral sources, and third party payers.  Quality of care and services will be identified and monitored on a continuous basis and constantly improved.”

This mission statement continues to drive the efforts of HIET providers and staff today; it guides decision-making and actions on both administrative and clinical levels.  The emphasis on providing high quality, cost effective care has not diminished in over 30 years since the practice was founded

History of facility and physicians

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Ravinder Bachireddy and Dr. J.S. Chandra, The Heart Institute of East Texas has been instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art heart care to East Texas. The two physicians, who introduced cardiac care to East Texas, began their practice in a small office on Gaslight Boulevard in Lufkin. When Dr. Bachireddy opened the facility, nearly 100 percent of patients with heart problems went to Houston for care. Today, with the development of this topflight cardiac program in Lufkin, that number has dropped.

From the beginning, it was their goal to bring the level of technology and care of metropolitan areas here so patients would not have to travel long distances for care.
In the ensuing years, they brought break-through technologies to Lufkin. They were the first to bring the new heart procedures to Lufkin. Over the past years they were responsible for:

The Heart Institute of East Texas – 35 years of excellence

1982 Dr. Bachireddy opens his first practice in Lufkin
1982 The first two-dimensional echocardiogram
1984 Dr. Chandra joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
1986 The first transesophageal echocardiogram
1987 The first cardiac catheterizations
1988 The first balloon angioplasty
1988 Dr. Bachireddy and Dr. Chandra Instrumental in starting the heart surgery program at Woodland Heights
1989 The first peripheral Angioplasty
1992 The first directional coronary atherectomy.
1993 The first coronary stent
1994 Dr. Kovvali and Dr. Hudson Joined the Practice
1997 Dr. Musa Khan joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
1999 The first procedure using rotablator technology to clean plaque from arterial walls.
1999 Dr. Mani joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
1999 Opening of the Heart and Vascular Center in the Heart Institute’s facility.
2001 The first installation of a cardioverter defibrillator designed to send shock to a patient’s heart if
It stops beating.
2001 Opening of the Heart Institute’s state-of-the-art facility at 310 Gaslight, which provides cardiovascular exams, stress testing, Holter monitoring, two-dimensional echocardiography, a pacemaker clinic, a defibrillator clinic, a lipid clinic, a vascular     clinic (to check for blockages in the neck and extremities), and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.
2003 TEE cardioversions done in Livingston
2004 Heart Institute of East Texas win’s Texas Monthly “Super Doctor”
2007 The first implantation of the Kronos LV-T implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
2008 AAHC National Accreditation for Outpatient Cardiac Cath Lab
Dr. Bachireddy accepts Healthcare Professional of the Year Award from Angelina Chamber
2010 Dr. Bachireddy selected KTRE Favorite Cardiologist
2011 Over Decade of State of the Art Facility to provide complete Cardiac Care under one roof.
2012 Dr. Rohit Kedia joins the Heart Institute of East Texas
2012 First Leadless Pacemaker by Dr. Kedia
2012 Dr. Chandra won the Healthcare Professional of the Year from the Angelina County Chamber
2012 First to start Laser Atherectomy program for coronary/vascular intervention
2013 Built Cath Lab
2014 Open Cardiac Rehab
2014 Dr. I. Khan joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
2014 STEMI R +L heart Cath from arm performed
2014 First to establish primary stenting (STEMI) in a radial access in 2014.
2014 First to establish CO2 Angiography for peripheral vascular intervention
2014 Radial PCI/Radial STEMI Program Coronary Stenting Wrist Approach
2015 Acquired Nuclear Cardiology in Livingston. Stress test now performed in Livingston
2015 C02 Gas Angiography
2016 Vein & Leg Pain Center
2016 Tina Ford from the Heart Institute of East Texas was awarded Nurse of the Year from Angelina Chamber of Commerce
2016 The Heart Institute of East Texas won Texas Super Doc Hall of Fame
2016 Heart Failure Clinic
2016 Dr. Garikipati, Dr. Manda, and Dr. Solhpour joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
2017 First TAVR procedure conducted by the Heart Institute of East Texas physician’s.
2017 Accreditation for Cardiac Rehab
2017 Laser atherectomy for coronary and peripheral arterial disease
2017 Dr. Velagapudi joined the Heart Institute of East Texas
2017 The Heart Institute of East Texas opened in Crockett, Texas
2018 Watchman – Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Device

In 2001, the team of eight physicians moved from their small office into a state-of-the-art, two-story building they had constructed specifically to grow the heart care program for all of East Texas. Within The Heart Institute is a state of the art cardiac catheterization lab and facilities for stress testing, Holter monitoring, echocardiography, a pacemaker, defibrillator, lipid, heart failure; vein and leg pain clinic, and vascular clinics, with separate facilities for stress test, and a Rhythm clinic. 

Dr. Bachireddy and Dr. Chandra played major roles assisting both Lufkin hospitals in establishing top-rated heart-care programs – Memorial Health System of East Texas and Woodland Heights Medical Center.

The development of these programs has been very successful and has done much to make Lufkin the hub of cardiology in Deep East Texas. Also, we feel Memorial’s heart program has further solidified Lufkin’s position as the medical hub for East Texas.

In addition to our Lufkin Offices, we maintain offices in Livingston, Woodville, Jasper, Center, San Augustine, Hemphill, Trinity, and Crockett.

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CONTACT US

For appointments and inquiries, please call your closest HIET office. We have nine convenient locations all across East Texas. Locate the closest clinic to you by clicking here. This is for non medical emergencies and medical necessities only. If you feel your condition could be life threatening, please go to the closest Emergency Room or call 911 immediately.


                

CONTACT US

For appointments and inquiries, please call your closest HIET office. We have nine convenient locations all across East Texas. Locate the closest clinic to you by clicking here. This is for non medical emergencies and medical necessities only. If you feel your condition could be life threatening, please go to the closest Emergency Room or call 911 immediately.