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Aortic Center

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas
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Focused on treating complex conditions related to aortic disease

The Aortic Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, focuses on treating complex conditions related to aortic disease. Early diagnosis, appropriate medical management and surgical options, including minimally invasive surgery or open surgical treatment, involve a multidisciplinary team of heart specialists on the medical staff. Cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons on the medical staff who have experience with technically demanding procedures and the complexity of circulatory issues collaborate to provide quality care to their aortic desease patients.


Dallas Aortic Center Hours of operation

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New patients are seen in the Aortic Center, Suite 108, on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • U.S. News & World Report

    Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas was rated High Performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair by U.S. News & World Report for 2020–21. Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was rated High Performing in Aortic Valve Surgery for 2020–21.

emergent transfers

For emergent transfers to Baylor University Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas

About aortic disease

 

The largest artery in the body is the aorta, through which oxygen-rich blood enters and the heart pumps the blood out from the aorta, traveling to the rest of the body through smaller arteries that branch out from the aorta. Aortic disease can affect either the abdominal aorta, which runs through your abdomen, or the thoracic aorta, which runs through your chest. Aortic disease can cause the aorta to split (a dissection) or dilate (an aneurysm).

Physicians on the medical staff of the Aortic Center at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas specialize in treating aortic diseases. Aortic disease conditions we commonly treat include:

  • Hipertensión
  • Degenerative aneurysm disease
  • Type A and B aortic dissections
  • Genetic conditions, such as Marfan’s syndrome
  • Connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos disorder, polychondritis, scleroderma, osteogenesis imperfecta, polycystic kidney disease and Turner syndrome
  • Inflammatory aortic disease
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Vascular anomalies

Specialized interventions

The multidisciplinary heart team specializes in the full spectrum of care for patients with aortic disease. Some critical conditions, such as aortic dissection or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, require emergent care. In other cases, following assessment, a heart patient can electively and selectively choose the timing for aortic intervention. From medical management to second opinions and aortic dissections, physicians on the medical staff at the Aortic Center collaborate to provide patients with quality care and access to advanced diagnostic and treatment strategies.

Diagnostic testing

  • 3D, volume-rendered, computerized tomography
  • Stat echocardiography

Opciones de tratamiento

  • Advanced medical management strategies to control blood pressure and reduce inflammation and expansion of the aorta
  • Use of minimally invasive procedures when appropriate
  • Treatment of complex conditions with specialized techniques
Heart surgeons perform a heart operation in the OR

About the Aortic Center

The Aortic Center program expands minimally invasive treatment options for patients with aortic disease. The team of heart surgeons on the medical staff who participate in the Dallas Aortic Center is dedicated to treating complex aortic conditions along with providing close follow-up care in collaboration with the patient’s referring physician.

The proven experience and involvement with innovation and clinical trials in the area of aortic diseases also provide patients and referring physicians with access to advanced treatments and techniques. As a patient, you will have access to the following service advantages in our Dallas Aortic Center:

  • Comprehensive, on-site imaging and radiology services offering advanced equipment and experienced technologists
  • Compassionate and experienced heart physicians, advanced practice providers and cardiac nurses on the Dallas Aortic Center care team are specially trained in the treatment of aortic disease
  • The Aortic Center offers multiple options for high-risk cardiovascular patients
  • Access to clinical research trials for qualified candidates
Two heart surgeons in scrubs perform a heart operation in the OR

Meet the Aortic Center team

Members of the Aortic Center team stand next to each other for a group photo

Patients referred to the Aortic Center in Dallas gain access to a team of cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons with advanced expertise in treating aortic disease; our program in Dallas is one of only a few that bridges the gap between these two acute specialties. The aortic team collaborates with one another, as well as with patients’ referring physicians, to determine treatment plans based on age, medical history, type and stage of aortic disease and personal preferences.

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