MeetOur Physicians

  • Aamir Amin
    M.D.

    Dr. Amin specializes in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Vinit R. Lal
    M.D.

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

  • Cyril Varughese
    D.O.


  • Sanjay Chamakura

    Dr. Chamakura specializes in Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Joshua Burak
    M.D.

    Dr. Burak specializes in Cardiovascular Disease.

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

  • Breakthrough: Statin treatment reduces risk of cardiovascular disease in women

    A large international study has shown conclusively that statin treatment reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in women. The research confirms that statins are beneficial not only to women who have already had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke, but also in those who - whilst they have not yet developed cardiovascular disease -- are at an increased risk of such diseases. Source: Science Daily 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 www.healthyheartscore.com, 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

  • New targeted drug effectively dissolves blood clots, has fewer side effects

    Critical conditions associated with the blockage of blood vessels are one of the primary health concerns worldwide. The main objective of emergency assistance in such conditions is to effectively implement thrombolysis, i.e. to quickly dissolve the clot. To this end, scientists from ITMO University in cooperation with Mariinsky Hospital in Saint Petersburg have developed a magnetically controlled drug that can be condensed on a blood clot by means of a magnetic field. The new drug is safe for intravenous injection and can dissolve clots up to 4000 times more efficiently than ordinary enzyme-based drugs. Read More

  • Coronary arteries hold heart-regenerating cells

    Source: ScienceDaily Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, investigators have discovered. The heart has long been considered to be an organ without regenerative potential, said one expert. Recent findings, however, have demonstrated that new heart muscle cells are generated at a low rate, suggesting the presence of cardiac stem cells. The source of these cells was unknown. Read More Read More

  • Physical activity cuts risk of irregular heartbeat in older women

    By now, most of us are aware of the plethora of health benefits linked to exercise. But for older women, another advantage been added to the list; researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Heart Association say increasing the amount or intensity of exercise can decrease risks of developing arrhythmia - a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. Source: MedicalNewsToday Read More Read More

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