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MeetOur Physicians

  • Thomas T. Hoang

    Dr. Hoang specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

  • Mihaela Kruger
    M.D., R.P.V.I.

    Dr. Kruger obtained her medical degree from The University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed her Fellowship in General and Interventional Cardiology at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, and Echocardiography. Dr. Kruger is interested in all aspects of general and interventional cardiology, with a focus on transradial cardiac catheterization and intervention. Dr. Kruger is married and has two young sons. She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French and Italian.

  • Vinit R. Lal

    Dr. Lal specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Hootan Rahimizadeh

    Dr. Rahimizadeh specializes in Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Nhan P. Nguyen

    Dr. Nguyen specializes in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine.

Welcome to HeartPlace

Mission Statement:

HeartPlace is the past, present, and future of cardiology in North Texas. Founded almost 50 years ago, HeartPlace is the oldest and largest cardiovascular group in North Texas. From its small beginning in Dallas, HeartPlace has grown to over 70 physicians throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. HeartPlace has been an innovator in cardiovascular services, introducing to the North Texas area procedures such as coronary angiography, angioplasty, coronary stenting, and electrophysiology. This dedication to innovative techniques and procedures has guaranteed our patients the latest and most up-to-date cardiovascular services...

Heart Healthy Tips & News

  • Abdominal Fat Most Strongly Linked to Hypertension Risk

    The association between obesity and the development of hypertension appears to be driven specifically by visceral adiposity, according to research published in the Sept. 9 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Alvin Chandra, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues followed 903 normotensive participants of the Dallas Heart Study (median age, 40 years; 57 percent women; 60 percent nonwhite; median body mass index, 27.5 kg/m²) for a median of seven years to monitor the development of hypertension. Imaging studies were used to assess adiposity, including visceral adiposity. Source: Physician's Briefing Read More Read More

  • New online calculator estimates cardiovascular disease risk

    The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy method to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple lifestyle habits. The free web-based survey, which will be found at, also gives users practical tips for improving their scores by incorporating heart-healthy habits into their daily lives. "Currently recommended risk models for CVD are harder for an individual to calculate on their own because they include clinical risk factors such as elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. These risk scores, which are mostly used in doctors' offices, often underestimate the burden of CVD among middle-aged adults, and women in particular," said Stephanie Chiuve, a research associate in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. "The Healthy Heart Score is all about modifiable lifestyle risks, which may increase awareness of CVD prevention through lifestyle interventions earlier in life, prior to the development of clinical risk factors." Source: Medical News Today Read More Read More

  • Treating the uninjured side of the brain appears to aid stroke recovery

    To maximize stroke recovery, researchers may want to focus more on ways to support the side of the brain where the injury didn't occur, scientists report. Source: Science Daily Read More Read More

  • AHA: Daily Cup of Tea May Boost Cardiovascular Health

    Drinking as little as a cup of tea daily may improve cardiovascular health, according to new research scheduled to be presented on Tuesday at the American Heart Association`s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2016 Scientific Sessions, held from March 1 to 4 in Phoenix.

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  • New methods enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging

    New methods that enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her PhD study, Tuija Kangasmaa, Lic. Phil., invented a method which makes it possible to reduce the imaging time by up to 50%, making the scan session easier for the patient. Furthermore, the study also created two additional methods which correct errors resulting from patient movement during the scan. The methods were validated and they have already been taken into use in hospitals all over the world. Source: MedicalNewsToday Read More Read More

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