Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute on Univision: High blood pressure
Aldo Rafael, MD, Medical Director of the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas and a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center, sits down on Despierta Dallas to discuss hypertension. Hypertension is another word for high blood pressure that affects millions of Hispanics in the United States. Learning to control it with the help of a specialist is important for general well-being and to prevent more serious complications.
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Subhash Banerjee, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Research and Innovation at Baylor University Medical Center
One of the nation’s leading experts in interventional cardiology and complex cardiac and vascular surgery, Subhash Banerjee, MD, is the Paul J. Thomas Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Chief of Cardiovascular Research and Innovation at Baylor University Medical Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Prior to joining Baylor Scott & White, Dr. Banerjee was Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas.
Board-certified in interventional cardiology, he has dedicated his career to minimally invasive coronary artery, peripheral artery, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures. Additionally, he is a leading expert in high-risk percutaneous peripheral artery and coronary artery interventions, the use of hemodynamic support devices, and percutaneous treatment of coronary and peripheral artery chronic total occlusions.
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Baylor Dallas cardiac surgery program receives highest star rating for CABG by STS
Cardiac surgery performed at Baylor University Medical Center received 3-Stars—the highest possible rating—for isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. As a consistently high-performing program, this recent recognition ranks Baylor Dallas in the top 10% in the nation by STS for julio 1, 2019 - junio 30, 2022. In addition to a 3-Star overall rating, the program received 3-Stars in all rated domains, including absence of mortality, absence of morbidity, use of IMA (internal mammary artery), and medications.
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Baylor Scott & White Advanced Heart Failure team presents at Heart Failure Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting
The Baylor Scott & White Advanced Heart Failure Clinic team joined over 2,600 heart failure clinicians and other representatives working in the field at the Heart Failure Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting from septiembre 30 – octubre 3, 2022 in Washington, D.C. The Baylor Dallas team featured 16 poster presentations and some team members had podium presentations.
The Heart Failure Society of America is a multidisciplinary organization working to improve and expand heart failure care through collaboration, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. HFSA members include physicians, scientists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and patients.
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Saving hearts and lives: A behind-the-scenes look at the heart transplant process
Our advanced heart failure team at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas provides expert care for patients across Texas who are living with heart failure. For many of them, a heart transplant is the only option. A single heart transplant takes dozens of health professionals working in concert as one well-organized team. This need can happen at any time, often in the middle of the night. For some transplant centers, that one transplant might use up all the available resources. As one of the top 10 heart transplant programs in the country based on volumes, the team at Baylor University Medical Center can manage multiple heart transplants in a short amount of time. In fact, the center recently transplanted three hearts over the course of a single weekend. “There’s always a time crunch because transplant has so many moving parts,” said Dan Meyer, MD, chief of heart transplantation and advanced circulatory support at Baylor University Medical Center. “Our team is prepared to get it done without missing a single detail. It’s quite a feat.”
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My smartwatch EKG says I have an irregular heartbeat. Now what?
A recent study by Pew Research found approximately one in five Americans owns and wears a smartwatch. That translates to 66.5 million people. Young and old alike are wearing them for different reasons. Praveen Rao, MD, an electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas has seen a trend in seniors buying smartwatches because of the health apps available on the devices. Older people seem to appreciate being able to monitor their health and well-being in real time via their smartwatch. Younger people seem to enjoy having the ability to track different metrics to fine tune their health and fitness. While many people recognize the potential value of the health apps available on their smartwatch, they also often ask how they should use or interpret the information, especially EKGs.
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Chest pain? You might need a cardiac CT scan
Nearly 6.5 million people visit America’s emergency rooms each year for chest pain. Additional millions of people seek out cardiologists to evaluate their chest pain, concerned they may be at risk for heart disease. If that’s you, it’s important to know what to expect when you do see a cardiologist or undergo evaluation for chest pain. Jeffrey Schussler, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas elaborates on the many causes of chest pain—some minor and some more serious—and testing that can help point towards the cause. You may expect your doctor to recommend a stress test. For the past 30 to 40 years, stress tests have been the main diagnostic test used by physicians to evaluate people complaining of chest pain. But within the past few years, studies have validated the use of computed tomography (CT) scans as an approach to determine the source of chest pain. Learn why and when a CT scan can be a helpful tool for those experiencing chest pain.
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First in North Texas – new procedure for patients with complex aortic arch disease at greater risk for rupture
DALLAS, Texas (julio 22, 2022) – There is now a new procedure in North Texas for patients with complex aortic arch disease who are at great risk for rupture. Thoraflex Hybrid is a single use medical device used in Frozen Elephant Trunk (FET) repair combining a Gelweave polyester graft with a Nitinol self-expanding stent graft. The FDA-approved device is the only one of its kind available for commercial use. It is indicated for the open surgical repair or replacement of damaged or diseased vessels of the aortic arch and descending aorta with or without involvement of the ascending aorta in cases of aneurysm and/or dissection.
Traditionally, this complex procedure would require two surgeries without this latest device. This was the first use and first procedure of its type in North Texas. And was one of only a handful completed in the United States since approval. Performing the procedure were surgeons on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center – Charles Roberts, MD, a cardiac surgeon, Javier Vasquez, MD, a vascular surgeon and Andres Leal, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon. During the procedure, the surgeons worked together to repair the aortic arch area as well as the full dissection in one surgery. The Thoraflex Hybrid studies indicated that with the hybrid device, there can be one surgical encounter rather than two separate procedures and has led to lowering the risk of major adverse events by 22.6%, in the first year, over traditional treatments.
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First in Texas – new laser device used to remove IVC filter
DALLAS, Texas (julio 20, 2022) – Using new laser device technology, Bradley Grimsley, MD, a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, was the first in Texas to use the Philips CavaClear system that just recently received FDA approval with “breakthrough device designation.” An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small device used to stop blood clots from traveling to the lungs and should integrate safely into tissue over time. In some cases, and over the course of time, some embedded filters may damage tissue or even experience breakage of the filter prongs. These pieces can migrate – causing severe complications. The FDA has recommended that if an IVC filter is no longer necessary, it should be removed. In addition, there are circumstances where patients may need to have a filter removed and replaced with a later generation filter.
The precision that the laser system used to help safely dislodge the filter components from the vena cava walls is technologically advanced and of great benefit to patients with a retrieval time of less than 15 minutes. The CavaClear laser sheath is the only system currently approved and available on the commercial market. It delivers the ability to ablate an area as small as 50 microns – less than the width of a human hair. However, this technology is only of benefit when used by a very skilled and trained surgeon.
As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Grimsley completed advanced training in laser-use safety and additional training specifically for this new device. The older alternative would have been to surgically cut out or pull out the filter from the vena cava with a high risk of injuring surrounding tissue or even causing pieces to break off and travel. This new procedure will now be an option for patients who need to have IVC filters removed.
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First in Texas to perform a dialysis access procedure
Javier Vasquez, MD, a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, was the first in North Texas to perform the Inside-Out® procedure developed for patients who have experienced blockage and are unable to continue with dialysis. This new procedure and the latest technology of the Surfacer® System is the first and only FDA cleared device which assists physicians to obtain central venous access in patients with blocked veins. This allows the surgeon to maneuver a device from the femoral area to the preferred right-sided access near the right internal jugular vein – the chest location where normally a perm cath would be located. This procedure could ultimately help save patients who, prior to, lost the ability to continue with dialysis.
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Blood pressure basics: What do systolic and diastolic mean?
Every time you go to the clinic, you get your blood pressure checked. Someone tells you the result—ideally a higher number over a lower number—and that’s noted in your medical record. But what do those numbers mean and why are they important? Michael Sills, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, fills us in on what to know about blood pressure.
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Why is hypertension (aka high blood pressure) dangerous?
You’ve heard of hypertension and you get your blood pressure checked regularly at your doctor’s visits, but what is high blood pressure, and why is it worrisome? Here’s what you need to know, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure. “Your heart is a muscle—but it’s not like the other muscles in your body,” said Michael Sills, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas. “You can make your heart stronger, but not in the same way you would lift weights at the gym to improve your biceps. That’s resistance exercise, and you don’t want your heart to have to work against higher resistance. But that’s what high blood pressure does—it makes your heart work harder and you wear it out early.”
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History Made in the Baylor Scott & White - Waxahachie Cath Lab
This week, the Waxahachie cath lab team, led by interventional cardiologist, Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, celebrated a “first” in the cath lab of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Services – Waxahachie. Dr. Stoler, co-medical director of cardiology and medical director for the catheterization lab at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, and the cath lab team were the first in Texas and second in the US to implant the newest generation drug eluting stent, the Onyx Frontier™, available for patients with coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is plaque buildup on the inside of the coronary arteries and is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC), it is present in 48 percent of adults.
The Onyx Frontier stent recently received FDA approval making it commercially available on junio 1, 2022. According to Medtronic, the maker of the stent and the improved delivery system technology for the minimally invasive procedure, the Onyx Frontier stent placement on junio 1 in Waxahachie’s cath lab is not only the first commercial use in Texas, it is the second commercial placement in the US.
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So, you were diagnosed with a heart condition. Now what?
If you’ve received a diagnosis related to the heart or blood vessels, it’s normal to be frightened and a little confused. The information out there on heart conditions can be overwhelming. Heart disease can be confusing at first. With many types of heart disease and various treatments to address them, our patients often need information and support to make sense of the diagnosis. To help you do just that, the team breaks down the most common heart conditions, what to do if you’ve been diagnosed with one and where to go for the specialized support you need.
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What to expect during a cardiac ablation procedure
Cardiac ablation is a preferred treatment option for many arrhythmias—or abnormal heart rhythms—and is particularly effective for the most common type of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AFib). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million people in the US are projected to be living with AFib by 2030.
Learn more about what to expect with this procedure from Ryan Williams, MD, an electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas.
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Understanding your heart valve disease diagnosis
Your heart’s ability to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body depends on a number of complex functions. The heart’s four valves allow blood to flow through your heart in the right direction. When they don’t open or close properly, the flow of blood throughout your body is disrupted. Heart valve disease is diagnosed when one or more of your heart valves doesn’t function properly. Without treatment, heart valve disease may lead to other heart health issues, but it can be managed with heart medications, lifestyle changes, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention. Farhan Ali, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Fort Worth describes what to know about recognizing and treating heart valve disease, and what to expect if you’ve just been diagnosed.
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TCAR: A minimally invasive approach to reduce your chance of stroke
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. As a vascular surgeon on the medical staff, Brad Grimsley, MD, sees a large percentage of people who are either on the verge of experiencing a stroke or have had a stroke already. Strokes are often debilitating and can be fatal—but many times, they’re preventable. Research is bringing new treatment options to the table for people at risk of stroke due to one of the most common stroke causes, called carotid artery stenosis (CAS) or carotid artery disease.
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Living with heart failure: When to consider advanced care
There are many steps you can take to live with heart failure and manage your symptoms, including lifestyle changes and medications. However, some people eventually need advanced care. Cesar Guerrero-Miranda, MD, FACC, a cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart failure can help you understand your condition and give you options when other heart failure treatments aren’t enough.
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What to know before getting a heart stent
Heart stents are a potentially lifesaving treatment in preventing heart damage during and after a heart attack. The procedure opens arteries that are causing the heart attack and can relieve other blockages that may be causing chest discomfort called “angina.”
But before getting stents in your heart, you’ll want to consider both the risks of heart stent treatment and how it benefits your cardiac health. Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, breaks down heart stents and what to expect if you are a candidate.
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7 healthy habits to help you thrive with heart disease
Life changes quickly with a diagnosis of heart disease. Whether the doctor says your coronary artery is filled with plaque or your heart muscle isn’t pumping as well as it should, your survival will require treatment. And it’s more than just taking a pill—living with heart disease requires lifestyle changes not just today, but for a lifetime.
While you can’t change your genetics, age or family history of heart disease, Jessica Betts, MS, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth, shares a number of easy-to-incorporate lifestyle changes that can keep you healthy for years to come.
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Dallas surgeon makes legendary commitment
Dan Meyer, MD, Chief of Heart Transplantation and Advanced Circulatory Support at Baylor University Medical Center, has been in practice for more than 30 years. At the age of 62, Dr. Meyer made a new commitment - he joined the US Navy. He is now the oldest graduate of the US Navy Officer Development School. When asked why he decided to join, he stated he wanted to do more for his community and "be part of something bigger than yourself."
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STEM Goes Red students visit Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas for hands-on learning
On mayo 25, 2022, 100 students from Fort Worth participating in the American Heart Association’s STEM Goes Red program visited the BSW Heart and Vascular – Dallas campus. STEM Goes Red gives students access to local STEM employers and experts. Program attendees gain firsthand experience, knowledge, and a platform to ask questions of professionals in a STEM career. The students participated in hands-on learning, rotating between six hospital departments including electrophysiology lab, catheterization lab, pharmacy, operating room, non-invasive imaging, and pathology where students were able to hold a human heart. Dallas students participated in a virtual event, hearing from hospital departments about career opportunities. American Heart Association and Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital are proud to host these students and provide access to healthcare careers.
Most cardiac arrests end in death. That could change with this machine
Starting this year, some Tarrant County patients suffering a cardiac arrest could see their chances of surviving increase dramatically, thanks to a new process for treating these patients. In January, emergency medical services provider MedStar teamed up with Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center - Fort Worth to begin using a more advanced technology to increase blood flow through the body for patients whose hearts have stopped beating. Instead of relying purely on mechanical power — like when a bystander uses their hands to compress someone’s chest — this process uses what’s known as an ECMO machine to increase blood flow.
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Hypertension Center discusses rising cases of hypertension among Black women
An alarming number released by the American Medical Association indicates 50% of African American women over the age of 20 have heart disease. High blood pressure among black women is nearly 40% higher than that of white women. Christopher Hebert, MD, a member of the Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas Hypertension Center, discusses how high blood pressure disproportionately affects African American women on FOX 4.
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Seven simple healthy habits to lower your blood pressure
Did you know that nearly half of all adults in the US have high blood pressure? Scott Ewing, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth, discusses high blood pressure and simple lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure. These include diet, sodium intake, alcohol, weight, physical activity, smoking, and stress.
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Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awards Dallas campus highest rating for Isolated CABG surgery
Cardiac surgery performed at Baylor University Medical Center received 3-Stars—the highest possible rating—for isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. As a consistently high-performing program, this recent recognition ranks Baylor Dallas in the top 5% in the nation by STS for enero 1, 2019 - diciembre 31, 2021. In addition to a 3-Star overall rating, the program received 3-Stars in all rated domains, including absence of mortality, absence of morbidity, use of IMA (internal mammary artery), and medications.
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Leapfrog Group awards "A" rating for Patient Safety in Spring 2022
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the US healthcare system. The Leapfrog Group assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas was assigned an "A" rating for this time period for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. This is the 14th consecutive "A" grade for the hospital. Only 33% of US hospitals received an "A" rating. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas is one of 78 hospitals nationally and one of eight hospitals in Texas to receive this 14th consecutive grade "A" desgination. According to the Leapfrog Group’s information, “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country.”
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas in the top 5% of hospitals in the US for patient safety, according to Healthgrades
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.
During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in US hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in-hospital. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ were, on average, less likely to experience these patient safety events.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award™ methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.
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New Procedure May Be Able to Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients
A North Texas man is free of his heart medications, thanks to a new procedure for a very common problem, atrial fibrillation– or AFIB, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. Not only does it put you at greater risk for stroke, but it can also zap your energy and significantly reduce your quality of life. A new procedure called Convergent may be able to help.
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Do you need open heart surgery? You could be a candidate for less invasive procedures
Minimally invasive, or less invasive, options may be available for patients who need open heart surgery. This option often results in a shorter recovery time, less pain, and reduced risk of complications. Aldo Rafael, MD, a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital, discusses for Spanish-speaking patients, the team with the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute – Dallas will connect you to a cardiac surgeon for evaluation to determine if you may be a candidate.
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Awarded for surgical outreach program
Congratulations to Aldo E. Rafael, MD, a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, who recently received a Thoracic Surgery Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award for his project entitled, “Regional and Registry Capacity Building for Rheumatic Heart Disease – Cardiac Surgery Intersociety Alliance.” This surgical outreach project aims to help underserved populations.
Along with high blood pressure could come other serious diseases
Although high blood pressure has no symptoms, over time it can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other organs. Alfredo Jimenez, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas discusses the importance of controlling high blood pressure to help prevent this damage.
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Pastor baptizes sister of man who saved his life with heart transplant
A North Texas pastor has continued in ministry for the last eight years because of a heart transplant he received after suffering a debilitating heart attack.
"It was an incredible thing for the glory of God," Pastor Baucom said. "What that donor heart has done for me and is continuing to do for others."
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Join us for an event that'll do your heart good
You’re invited to get cozy while learning about your heart during our FREE virtual Women’s Heart Health Event, Thursday, febrero 24, at 6:00 PM. Whether you or a family member has a heart condition, or you just want to know your risks, join us in your favorite PJs for this heart-to-heart conversation. You’ll interact with a variety of women physicians and specialists on our medical staff moderated by our heart and vascular hospital president, Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC.
Find out how you can love your heart for the better—all from the comfort of home.
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Four healthy habits to help you thrive with atrial fibrillation
AFib affects millions of Americans. Most people with AFib have an underlying cardiovascular condition such as coronary artery disease (blockages in blood vessels), congestive heart failure (weak pumping function) or hypertension (high blood pressure). The most concerning consequence of atrial fibrillation is a stroke. But there’s good news—medications and minimally invasive procedures can be used to treat AFib and lower your risk of stroke. While there is not a 100% cure for AFib, there are effective ways to manage it.
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Five foods that are good for your heart
If you’ve resolved to eat healthier and take better care of your heart, this is for you. Many people know they need to improve their diet, but most have difficulty deciding where or how to get started. Can you relate? To simplify and add enjoyment to your meals, here are five foods that will help improve the health of your heart, along with practical tips on how to select and include them in your diet.
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Baylor University Medical Center receives highest quality rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons for CABG performance
Cardiac surgery performed at Baylor University Medical Center received 3-Stars—the highest possible rating—for isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. As a consistently high-performing program, this recent recognition ranks Baylor Dallas in the top 5% in the nation by STS for julio 1, 2018 - junio 30, 2021. In addition to a 3-Star overall rating, the program received 3-Stars in all rated domains, including absence of mortality, absence of morbidity, use of IMA (internal mammary artery), and medications.
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Heart Failure: A manageable, progressive disease
Heart failure is when the heart muscle has weakened and can no longer pump blood efficiently throughout the body and effects approximately 6.2 million Americans in the United States. Cesar Guerrero-Miranda, MD, an advanced heart failure cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, discusses symptoms and treatment options which may improve someone's quality of life on Univision's Despierta Dallas.
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Heart anatomy education in the community
Third graders at Bradfield Elementary recently had the unique experience of dissecting pig hearts thanks our team members, Dan Enter, MD, a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Amber Bethea, PA-C, MBA, Advanced Practice Provider Manager.
The students learned the normal anatomy of the heart as well as the normal physiology of blood flow from the body. Each student was equipped with instruments and surgical attire to sew in either an aortic or mitral valve. One student even had the opportunity to sew in a complete “aortic root.”
To request a speaker or an educational event at your organization, please use our Community Outreach Request form.
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17 causes of chest pain (other than a heart attack)
Chest pains are the second-highest reason adults visit the emergency department. And it makes sense why—chest pain can signify one of the most serious conditions: a heart attack. If you think you are experiencing a heart attack, do not delay. Call 9-1-1. Scott Ewing, DO, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Fort Worth discusses the chest pain scoring method and reasons for your chest to hurt without having a heart attack.
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First LVAD program in Tarrant County offering patients hope
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth’s LVAD program is the first in Tarrant County. The program’s first patient–a grandfather and former marathon runner who received an LVAD this summer–was featured in a story by CBS 11.
Salman Gohar, MD, FACC, medical director of the advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support service at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth was also featured in the story.
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Baylor Dallas rated among nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health
Baylor University Medical Center, together with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, has earned a coveted spot among the "50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2022," according to Fortune and IBM Watson Health. Other Baylor Scott & White hospitals named among the top-performing in the US include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco and Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano.
The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The study is designed to identify impartial, actionable and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations' standards of performance in cardiac care.
"Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the hospitals recognized on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list are providing quality care in one of the most critical areas," said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader, IBM Watson Health. "Hospitals are constantly working to improve clinical and operational performance, and the exceptional organizations on this list demonstrate the standard for top-performing cardiac care. Their benchmarks serve as a real-world checkpoint for cardiovascular care across the U.S."
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Newsweek's World's Best Specialized Hospitals announced
Baylor University Medical Center, together with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, was recognized for cardiovascular care on the Dallas campus. The Baylor Dallas Department of Cardiology ranked 44 on the international list for heart care. In addition to this ranking, the Baylor Dallas cardiac surgery program ranked 50 for cardiac surgery.
The World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 ranks the best hospitals in ten medical fields across the world by surveying tens of thousands of medical professionals (doctors, other healthcare professionals and hospital managers) from across the globe in their field of expertise. The resulting ranking reflects the international reputation for excellence these hospitals have achieved.
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Hospital participates in quality of care initiative to improve outcomes for heart valve patients
More than 1.7 million Americans over age 65 have severe aortic stenosis, a disease occuring when the opening of the heart valve narrows. In an effort to improve the lives of many patients with aortic stenosis, the American Heart Association has launched its Target: Aortic Stenosis. The initiative aims to help patients suffering from aortic stenosis receive a timely diagnosis, appropriate treatment, improved quality of care and additional resources to combat the disease. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas is part of a learning collaborative of 15 pilot hospitals that study and apply quality improvement methodologies and share best practices to improve patient care.
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Cardiac surgeon's annual mission trip brings advanced cardiovascular treatment to Peru
Aldo Rafael, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, continues to bring advanced cardiovascular care to South America through his medical mission Salvando Corazones (Saving Hearts). Founded in 2013, Salvando Corazones mission brings free cardiovascular treatment to patients in Peru at Hospital 2 de Mayo. The mission is expanding to those most in need in Costa Rica, Colombia and Honduras.
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Do you suffer from diseases related to the arteries and veins? A vascular surgeon can help.
When it comes to your health, it is essential you seek the help and advice of the correct specialist. For diseases involving the vascular system, the body's network of blood vessels, a vascular surgeon may help diagnosis and treat your condition. Javier Vasquez, MD, a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas discusses the various disease processes, when to seek treatment, and treatment options on Univision's Despierta Dallas.
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Baylor Scott & White Heart & Vascular Hospital – Dallas first in Texas to place the latest generation drug-eluting stent
Robert Stoler, MD, co-medical director of cardiology and medical director for interventional cardiology at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, announced another “first” for the Dallas campus in octubre 2021. The team in the hospital’s catheterization lab performed a first-in-Texas procedure to implant two Orsiro Mission drug-eluting stents (DES) during a complex percutaneous cardiac intervention led by Dr. Stoler. The first and only commercially available Ultrathin strut stent on the US market, the Orsiro Mission DES was designed for use with patients with challenging anatomy and small blood vessels that complicate the placement of stents to open coronary arteries to improve blood flow to the heart. This latest “first” continues the tradition of often bringing new treatment options and technology to the forefront for cardiac patients.
Expanding services into Ellis County begins
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas announce the first step in expanding cardiovascular services to Ellis County. A cardiac catheterization lab will open within Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, managed by Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, the first week of November.
Conjointly with this recent announcement, a groundbreaking for a new Medical Office Building for the Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie campus occurred on octubre 28. The new Medical Office Building is a part of a multi-million-dollar campus expansion. Specialty physicians including cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and others will co-locate in the new medical office building. The building will contain the new heart and vascular hospital.
The hospital will include advanced cardiology and vascular services provided by Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas. Working collaboratively with Baylor Scott & White - Waxahachie, the new heart and vascular hospital will include expanded cardiovascular interventional services, electrophysiology treatments, and non-invasive services, and cardiac imaging capabilities. New catheterization labs, electrophysiology labs, and an outpatient recovery unit will complete the new space. The anticipated opening is mid-year 2023.
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Irregular heartbeat? It may be a sign of atrial fibrillation
More than 5.1 million Americans are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or AFib, one of the most common forms of cardiac arrhythmias. Early diagnosis and treatment by a cardiologist or an electrophysiologist can be life-saving as this can lead to more serious conditions including blood clots, strokes and heart failure. Carlos Velasco, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, discusses more about this condition on Despierta Dallas and how the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute can help connect patients with a Spanish-speaking specialist.
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Hospital receives Gold-Plus and Gold Mission: Lifeline recognition
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas received Gold-Plus recognition as a STEMI Receiving Center and Gold for NSTEMI care, as outlined by the American Heart Association’s quality indicators for patients who have had a severe heart attack. The hospital met specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment of patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
How to prevent heart disease? Start by knowing your numbers
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, with the highest rates among Latino communities. Aldo Rafael, MD, a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas and champion of the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas, was featured on Despierta Dallas explaining what numbers you should know and how to interpret them.
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First in Tarrant County to use new heart failure treatment
The Fort Worth team, together with Craig Delaughter, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, medical director for electrophysiology at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth, were the first in Tarrant County to use a minimally invasive procedure and associated CCM® Therapy implant called The Optimizer®. This new treatment option for heart failure patients is aimed to halt or reverse the shift in protein within genes that regulate calcium cycling and myofilament function. This is called Cardiac Contractility Modulation (CCM) Therapy.
During the procedure, the Optimizer device is implanted under the skin of the upper chest, along with electrical leads that are placed in the heart’s right ventricle through the veins (transcatheter). After the procedure, the physician programs the delivery of CCM® therapy for each patient and activates the device. The implanted device then sends electrical pulses to the heart muscle for a total of five hours a day, in one-hour treatments, separated by regular intervals. The patient can easily charge the device every week. Within days, research has indicated that myocardial and global LV function improves. This can be observed in the electrical signal delivery. And, it has been observed that this benefit doesn’t require additional myocardial oxygen consumption. This is an exciting new treatment option for heart failure patients.
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Team prepared for fourth ANCC site visit in September
agosto 13, 2021 -- The leadership team of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital is pleased to announce the upcoming survey by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the Magnet Recognition Program®. This will be the fourth survey for the organization. Survey dates are scheduled for septiembre 22 – 24, 2021.
In 2017, Magnet® recognition was received for the third consecutive time; a testament to the continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguished healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and this credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Throughout Baylor Scott & White Health, our nurses are dedicated to the care of a diverse community of patients. As members of our frontline care team, nurses take pride in seeking opportunities to provide a higher level of care. At Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Fort Worth, the nursing team collaborates with all clinical staff and medical staff to provide excellence in specialized cardiovascular care.
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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program - Site Visit
• Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2007, 2012, and 2017 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In septiembre 2021, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital is applying for redesignation.
• Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via email and direct mail. All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office.
• Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by septiembre 10, 2021.
NOTE: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the healthcare organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office.
Address: AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC)
MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM OFFICE
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
Fort Worth cardiologist guiding COVID-19 battles in India
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in India, Fahmi Farah, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Fort Worth, has taken initiative to help stop the spread. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Farah was appointed to the COVID-19 advisory board for the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand and helped assemble a multidisciplinary team to provide telemedicine and reach out to patients who didn’t have access to healthcare.
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U.S. News & World Report 2021-22 rankings announced
In its 2021 - 2022 “America’s Best Hospitals” list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas by rating it High Performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Failure and Heart Attack. For cardiovascular services, Baylor University Medical Center was rated High Performing in Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure while Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth received High Performing in Heart Failure and Heart Attack.
Baylor University Medical Center was also ranked #2 in DFW and #5 in Texas as well as being named ‘Best Regional Hospital’. Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth was rated #7 in DFW and #22 in Texas.
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Dallas heart and transplant surgeon follows his heart to military service
For nearly three decades, Dan Meyer, MD has been operating on and transplanting hearts. Recently the Chief of Heart Transplantation and Advanced Circulatory Support at Baylor University Medical Center took on another job title - Navy Reserve Lt. Commander Dan Meyer. He is honored to join the military and hopes this next chapter inspires others to live a life of service.
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Too much of a good thing? Competitive athletes face higher risk of irregular heartbeat
Every two years, we watch world-class athletes compete in the Olympic Games. These superb competitors are at the top of their game physically. They are role models for competitive athletes who dedicate themselves to intensive exercise to achieve personal fitness highs. They appear to be the epitome of health—but looks can sometimes be deceiving.
Conventional wisdom holds that exercise is good for your heart and for the most part, it is. Study after study has supported this thinking. But, when it comes to ultra-athletes, an old saying comes to mind: “There can be too much of a good thing.” For many years we’ve recognized ultra-athletes are at higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), compared to individuals who do moderate to light exercise.
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Dallas officer returns to duty after being nearly impaled by fence pole
Michael Bono, a Dallas police officer, was severely injured off duty while doing repairs in his backyard. A fence pole was projected at his chest and caused him to have a heart attack and heart failure. After receiving acute care at the hospital to repair the damage from the impact, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas created a customized cardiac rehabilitation program through the Return to Work Lab for the 34-year-old officer, allowing him to focus on activities specific to his police duties to get back in the field.
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How electrophysiology has revolutionized care for heart rhythm disorders
Kevin Wheelan, MD, FACC, chief medical officer and electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital, reflects back on his 35-year career as an electrophysiologist and the medical advancements that have helped treat patients with heart rhythm disorders.
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Golfer records first top-10 on PGA Tour since thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosis
Bo Van Pelt had a noteworthy top-10 finish since 2015 after missing 3 1/2 years because of debilitating pain. After a tear in his right should and bone spurs in his AC joint, Van Pelt underwent multiple surgeries. Later, when he began experiencing numbness in his hand, Bo visited Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas where he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. Thoracic outlet syndrome is when the nerves and blood vessels of the arm become constricted and can lead to pain in the shoulder, arm or hand. To treat this condition, Bo had a first rib resection to create more room for the blood vessels and nerves. Now, the 46-year-old golfer is back on the course writing his comeback story.
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Baylor Dallas first in North Texas to implant newly designed cardiac mechanical pump
Baylor Dallas was the first in North Texas and second in the state to implant the EVAHEART® 2 left ventricular assist system (LVAS). The implant is part of the COMPETENCE Trial: a randomized multi-center clinical trial with nine sites participating. Additionally, Baylor Dallas was the first in the nation to implant this device with a miniaturized controller system.
This newly designed cardiac assist device is an alternative to transplantation and is intended to help patients with severe heart failure, whose hearts are unable to pump enough blood to support their normal activities or to sustain life. The main components of this device include a blood pump (inside the body), a controller (outside the body), and a driveline cable that connects the blood pump to the controller. The EVAHEART® 2 LVAS may benefit patients by minimizing stroke risk, aortic insufficiency, right heart failure, and surgical and gastrointestinal bleeding.
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New study shows long work hours can lead to increased risk of death
A new global study conducted by the World Health Organization shows working long hours is a serious health hazard that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. The study revealed that working over a 55-hour week increases an individual's chance of having a stroke by 35% and chance of dying from heart disease by 17%.
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Baylor Scott & White nurse saves passenger on Southwest flight
Meredith Smyly, a registered nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, helped save a woman who was having a seizure on a Southwest Airlines flight. Meredith and four other nurses were onboard a flight from Dallas to Pensacola. All five of them jumped into action, padding the area around the passenger so she’d be safe. The pilot made an emergency landing in New Orleans and the passenger was able to walk off the plane.
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Becker's Healthcare Podcast highlights advanced heart failure treatments and COVID-19
Shelley Hall, MD, FACC, FHFSA, FAST, Chief of Transplant Cardiology and Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure at Baylor University Medical Center, was featured on Becker's Healthcare Cardiology Podcast. During the episode, Dr. Hall discusses emerging innovations in congestive heart failure treatment and how COVID-19 has impacted the field.
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Nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the 12th consecutive Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for the 12th consecutive period, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
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American College of Sports Medicine adopts BSWH Research’s sternal guidelines
The new (11th) edition of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription has shifted the guidelines for individuals with sternotomy to reflect the work by physicians on our medical staff as well as providers, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, and registered nurses at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas. This text is the guiding force for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, vascular rehabilitation and many other professions involving exercise in healthy or clinical populations.
The published guidelines reflect years of effort that went into bringing about evidence-based change. These include, “Challenging traditional activity limits after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a simulated lawn-moving activity” and “An alternative approach to prescribing sternal precautions after median sternotomy, ‘Keep Your Move in the Tube®’”.
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Wearing face masks while exercising reduces oxygen and increases heart rate
The result of a six-month study on the physiological effects of wearing a mask while working out during the COVID-19 pandemic showed wearing a face mask while exercising has a significant impact on the body. Researchers recorded vital signs and other data while the thirty-one participants ran on treadmills with and without cloth face coverings. The study found less oxygen in the blood and an increased heart rate among those wearing masks. The researchers say the study did not find exercising with a face mask was dangerous.
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First in Fort Worth for treatment of severely calcified coronary artery plaques
Farhan Ali, MD, MA, MPH, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI, medical director for interventional cardiology for Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Fort Worth, announces that the first Shockwave Coronary IVL System in Fort Worth occurred in the hospital’s cath lab the week of abril 6, 2021. Shockwave Coronary IVL System is a new innovative technology for the treatment of cardiac patients. Shockwave Coronary IVL (short for Intravascular Lithotripsy) was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of severely calcified coronary artery plaques. The device uses a balloon to deliver sonic pressure waves that can pass through soft arterial tissue to “preferentially disrupt” calcified plaque and optimize stent placement. “This new technology allows for a possible safer way to deliver stents in heavily calcified arteries that in the past would have limited options for treatment,” says Dr. Ali. “We are proud to bring another ‘first’ to Fort Worth as a part of our advanced cardiovascular care program.”
An article was published a few months ago in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) cites that patients with an advanced form of coronary artery disease (CAD) benefited from treatment that used sonic pressure waves to break up hardened blockages in the heart. The novel therapy is similar to the therapy used to break up kidney stones, and is known as Intravascular Lithotripsy (or IVL). Now that this is commercially available, more patients with cardiovascular disease will have this innovative procedure as a treatment option.
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Chief Medical Officer featured on Doing it Right! podcast
Kevin Wheelan, MD, FACC, Chief Medical Officer at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital, is featured on a recent episode of Valerie Sokolosky's podcast, Doing it Right!. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming increasingly more available to segments of the population, Dr. Wheelan answers questions related to the vaccine, including why to get the vaccine, the difference between the various vaccines and effectiveness.
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How to exercise for heart health at home
In the era of COVID-19, many people face new challenges in remaining active. It is well known that exercise and an active lifestyle greatly reduces risk factors for and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the US. However, many traditional methods of exercise are now inaccessible (gyms, sporting groups, cardiac rehabilitations, etc.). Check out our resources, recommendations and information from the experts at cardiac rehabilitation to help keep you moving toward a healthy heart.
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Celebrating Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
Doug and Judy Laing have been attending Carter Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for their heart and lung conditions. When a Texas snow storm postponed the celebrations planned for Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, the couple surprised the staff members and other rehab patients with their head-to-toe outfits! The nationally-celebrated week highlights the role of cardiac rehabilition in reducing the effects of heart disease. After a week of cold temps, this couple brought some much-needed warmth to everyone's heart.
Located on the campus of Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center - Fort Worth, the Carter Rehabilitation Center's activity sessions are designed to meet our patient's personal needs, interests, and abilities. As an AACVPR-certified program, we are recognized as a cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation leader, offering the most advanced practices available.
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Cardiac surgery program recieves Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) 3-Star rating
Cardiac surgery performed at Baylor University Medical Center received 3-Stars—the highest possible rating—for isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. This is the fourth consecutive recognition period that the program has received three stars and is ranked in the top 10% in the nation by STS for FY20.
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North Texas man still dealing with lung damage one year after contracting COVID-19
A COVID-19 patient contracted the virus early on in March of 2020, among the first in North Texas. The virus severely impacted his lungs making it hard to do even simple daily chores like showering. He was referred to Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, Carter Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation where he has completed the therapy and now back to living life. Before therapy, he could barely walk 50 feet, now he walks several miles per day without oxygen.
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How quintuple bypass surgery changed my outlook on life
When Kenneth Hersh woke up on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, little did he know that his life was about to take a major detour. The pain in his chest was mild, but the heaviness in his chest was more pronounced. Kenneth's arteries were 70 to 80% blocked and stents were not a treatment option. He had a quintuple coronary bypass graft operation.
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Cath lab team celebrates two Texas "firsts" in one day
On Monday, febrero 22, the catheterization lab team led by Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, co-medical director of cardiology and medical director for catheterization laboratory at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, became the first in Texas to commercially use the Shockwave IVL System to treat severely calcified coronary arteries. Additionally, in a separate procedure, the team was the first in Texas to place SYNERGY MEGATRON™ from Boston Scientific Corporation, the first and only commercially available, purpose-built drug-eluting stent for large, proximal vessels. Both of these new procedures and the technology were approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently. In addition, these new-to-market treatment options had clinical trials conducted on the campus of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas with Dr. Stoler as the principal investigator.
two Texas "firsts" in one day
Go Red for women and heart health
When Nancy Gopez had a heart attack, she recognized the symptoms from an American Heart Association event and immediately sought care. She is now an advocate for women’s heart health. Ravi Vallabhan, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, explains how women can exhibit different symptoms than men.
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Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas Recognized for Cardiac and Patient Safety Excellence
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas achieves the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for our second consecutive year and the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™! This distinction places Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas among our Nation’s top 10% of hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas also received 5-Stars for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Treatment of Heart Attack and Pacemaker Procedures for the second consecutive year.
Dallas surgeons save woman's life after COVID-19 causes heart failure
A San Antonio woman who nearly died of COVID-19 credits Baylor University Medical Center's extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) team for saving her life. Baylor Dallas' ECMO team has established safety protocols to treat COVID-19 patients. To date, the team has treated 50 COVID-19 patients using ECMO.
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Dallas heart transplant recipient meets the family whose son saved his life
Kennedy Ngungutau was only 24 when he received his new heart and a second chance at life. Inspired by his experience, Kennedy wanted to give back to other heart patients. He began volunteering at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas in marzo 2020 and in October, he became an employee at the hospital. Impressed by his outlook on life and newly-found career path, the heart donor's family knew they needed to meet the man with their son's heart.
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Dallas cardiologists play critical role in determining how sonic waves may help treat advanced heart disease
Research for a new treatment for coronary artery disease that included participation by cardiologists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas (BSWHVH) was recently published in the octubre 2020 Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The article cites that patients with an advanced form of coronary artery disease benefited from an investigational treatment that used sonic pressure waves to break up hardened blockages in the heart. The novel therapy not yet available to the general public is similar to the therapy used to break up kidney stones, and is known as Intravascular Lithotripsy (or IVL). It is currently being reviewed by the US FDA for potential pre-market approval in the United States under a “Breakthrough” designation. One of the primary investigators was Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, co‐medical director for cardiology and medical director for catheterization laboratory at BSWHVH – Dallas.
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Biostatistician selected to Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine editorial board
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute’s Kristen Tecson, PhD, was recently selected to the editorial board of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Tecson has 50+ peer reviewed publications and her recognition as a cardiovascular biostatistician at Baylor Scott & White over the past five years has received worldwide acclaim. She will be responsible for assessing the rigor and validity of research and work collaboratively with authors and editors to improve manuscripts, ensuring only high-quality content is published in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. This journal places "an emphasis on studies that challenge the status quo of treatments and practices in cardiovascular care,” a great fit for Dr. Tecson’s talents.
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Dallas heart transplant program reached 1,000 heart transplant patient milestone
Baylor University Medical Center reached another milestone in the program’s 35-year history. In septiembre 2020, the team completed its 1,000th heart transplant since the program’s inception. This milestone could only be achieved with the involvement of a multidisciplinary team, including transplant cardiologists and surgeons on the medical staff, certified heart failure nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers, and many more. The heart transplantation program at Baylor Dallas is the top heart transplant program in Texas and is one of the top 10 programs in the nation. Baylor Dallas was also recently selected as one of seven sites for the Carmat Total Artificial Heart, a landmark clinical trial and is the only site to offer the FDA-approved total artificial heart in the area.
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Vascular surgeon inducted into American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™
John F. Eidt, MD, RVT, RPVI, FACS, a vascular surgeon from Dallas, TX, is among a group of 50 esteemed surgical educators inducted into membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ on septiembre 25 at a Virtual Induction Ceremony. This is the third cohort of members inducted into this prestigious Academy.
Dr. Eidt was inducted as an Associate Member of this highly coveted Academy. He is the current vice chair of vascular surgery and a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas.
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President and Chief Nursing Officer featured in Becker's Healthcare Podcast
Nancy Vish, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas and Fort Worth, was featured on Becker's Healthcare Podcast discussing her advice for emerging leaders, the importance of strong values in leadership and more.
Becker's Healthcare Podcast is a new podcast from Becker's Healthcare, which features interviews and conversations with the latest in thought leadership in the healthcare industry.
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Surgeon sits on international panel discussing COVID-19: The View from ICU
Dan Meyer, MD, chief of heart transplantation and advanced circulatory support at Baylor University Medical Center, was one of three panelists who participated in a webinar hosted by The Australia Institute. "COVID-19: The View from ICU" is part of an international webinar series on the economics of a pandemic. Joining Dr. Meyer on the panel was Professor John Fraser, director of the critical care research group at the Prince Charles Hospital and University of Queensland, and Professor Carol Hodgson, deputy director at the Australian and NZ Intensive Care Research Centre.
The Australia Institute is one of the country’s most influential public policy think tanks. It conducts original research that contributes to a more just, sustainable and peaceful society. Based in Canberra, it conducts research on a broad range of economic, social, transparency and environmental issues in order to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.
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Baylor Scott & White Research Institute hosts summer interns
The internship program at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with William C. Roberts, MD, MACC, a 60-year veteran in Cardiac Pathology, in an environment devoted exclusively to cardiac pathology research. This eight-week-long program offers a wide range of opportunities educating the interns (18 years and older) in the high global prevalence of cardiovascular disease, which remains the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. Students study the underlying causes of cardiovascular diseases through hands-on examination of specimens and through a variety of research. In doing so, they are able to produce fact-based editorials for publication. Students also participate in weekly cardiovascular conferences, attend cardiovascular specimen dictations and review histology sections for final diagnosis. Combined with working in a fast-paced office environment, their internship becomes one complete experience centered around the sciences, ethics and humanity.
Non-invasive team member earns national recognition
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital’s Department of Non-Invasive Services announces the nationally recognized achievements by team member, Marie “Bunny” Owens, RDCS, RVT, who passed the American Society of Echocardiography board exam to become one of only 130 Advanced Cardiac Sonographers (ACS) in the US. She was also awarded the designation of Fellow – American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).
The ACS exam is the most difficult in the field of echocardiography for sonographers and demonstrates a profound knowledge and advanced level of critical thinking needed to perform advanced procedures. In some roles across the country, the ACS functions as an advanced practice sonographer, providing preliminary findings and interpretations to cardiologists.
The American Society of Echocardiography is a global organization with over 17,000 professional members, comprised of physicians, sonographers, nurses, veterinarians and scientists and sets the standards and guidelines we practice in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound today. Only those who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment of education, research and volunteering earn this designation of FASE.
Hospital awarded Mission: Lifeline® / Get With The Guidelines Gold-Plus and Gold recognition
Announced in julio 2020 by the American Heart Association, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas received Gold-Plus recognition as a STEMI Receiving Center and Gold for NSTEMI care. The 2020 Mission: Lifeline® awards acknowledge adherence to the GWTG®‐ Coronary Artery Disease quality performance standards from the analysis of 2019 registry data. Achieving Mission: Lifeline® Recognition denotes a commitment to high-quality systems of care among STEMI Receiving Centers, STEMI Referring Centers, 911 EMS agencies, interfacility transport agencies, and other supporting system participants through collaborative efforts, including quality improvement priorities outside the doors of your own facility.
The hospital received Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance, including meeting 75% or greater compliance of the Quality PLUS measures, for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility. In addition, the Gold for NSTEMI care was awarded as a result of meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re‐establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
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U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 rankings announced
U.S. News & World Report published its 2020‐2021 Best Hospitals list, and for the third consecutive year, Baylor Scott & White is the most award‐winning not‐for‐profit health system in Texas. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas was awarded High Performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Baylor University Medical Center was awarded High Performing in the following cardiovascular categories: Aortic Valve Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Bypass Surgery. Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center ‐ Fort Worth received High Performing in Congestive Heart Failure as well as a regional ranking of #8 in the Dallas‐Fort Worth metroplex. Baylor University Medical Center received a regional ranking of #2 in the Dallas‐Fort Worth metroplex. Our legacy of providing quality, safe care has propelled us forward once again–even during one of the most challenging times in our history.
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First in Texas, second in nation to use new commercially-approved stent
The team at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas became the first in Texas and second site nationally to use a new 48mm stent to treat cardiovascular patients. This new-to-market stent features a fast-absorbing polymer for healing and reduces treatment costs in some cases where two stents were previously indicated.
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas was involved in the clinical trial "EVOLVE 48" which tested the efficacy of this stent. The hospital was the number one enrolling site worldwide for the trial.
Heart failure cardiologist finds promising results in COVID-19 clinical trial
Heart failure specialist on the medical staff, Robert Gottlieb, MD, is the co-principal investigator for the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute’s Dallas site to study the antiviral drug Remdesivir, collaborating with Gilead Sciences, to treat people who are severely ill with COVID-19. The Dallas site was one of 180 hospitals participating in the worldwide study fast-tracked during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Study results in junio 2019 indicated that the drug helps shorten the illness time and the severity of the virus, decreasing morbidity by 62 percent. Furthermore, the study indicates that the drug provided over fewer days was as effective as providing dosing for ten days. At the time of printing, the results continue to be reviewed, but indications are promising.
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Fellow named to American Heart Association Science Subcommittee
Taimur Safder, MD, MPH, a third-year cardiology fellow, has been selected for the prestigious American Heart Association Science Subcommittee. Dr. Safder received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology and philosophy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO and went on to receive his medical degree and complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. He completed his Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. His scientific works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Safder joined the cardiology fellowship program in julio 2018.
Vascular surgeon reaches milestone in innovative TCAR procedure
Bradley Grimsley, MD, vascular surgeon on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, achieved a national and campus milestone by becoming one of the few surgeons in the United States to have reached the 200th procedure volume for Transcarotid Artery Revascularization or TCAR for short. The procedure is less invasive than open carotid endarterectomy and helps resolve blockages in the carotid artery that could lead to stroke.
Often performed under local anesthesia, a small incision is made just above a patient’s collar bone to expose the common carotid artery in the TCAR procedure. Then a soft, flexible sheath is placed directly into the carotid artery, connected to a specialized system to reverse the flow of blood away from the brain to protect against fragments of plaque that may come loose during the procedure. The blood is filtered and returned through a second sheath placed in the femoral vein in the patient’s thigh, and then the stent — a small wire mesh coil —is inserted and placed to open the artery.
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Hospital President Nancy Vish provides guest commentary of DFW Hospital Council radio show
Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, president and chief nursing officer for Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital, was featured on two segments of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council’s The Human Side of Healthcare on KRLD Newsradio 1080 AM. The radio show and podcast series showcases healthcare leaders throughout the metroplex discussing all types of topics related to the business of healthcare, current topics and future trends. Moderated by DFW Hospital Council’s president and CEO, Stephen Love, the interview with Nancy Vish aired on mayo 26 and junio 1, and the discussion included commentary on the unfortunate trend of people avoiding seeking urgent medical care for cardiac conditions due to COVID-19. The Baylor Scott & White COVID-19 Safe Care plan was explained.
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Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas hosts international webinar for physicians
The Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas, in collaboration with Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo, hosted a webinar for Peruvian physicians on the clinical management of critically ill adults with COVID-19. Moderated by Aldo Rafael, MD, a cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center, and Julio Peralta, MD, chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Dos de Mayo Hospital in Lima, Peru, the webinar shared lessons learned from the United States to assist Peruvian physicians in the care of COVID-19 positive patients.
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Dr. Ossama Elsaid earns title of Best Teaching Fellow from Texas A&M College of Medicine
Texas A&M College of Medicine has awarded the Best Teaching Fellow this year to Ossama Elsaid, MD. This is a coveted distinction and is duly elected by the third and fourth-year medical students in recognition of the fellow who has exemplified the best attributes as a teacher and role model for future doctors. Dr. Elsaid received his MBBCh (MD equivalent) from Ain-Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, and served a preliminary internship year at Lincoln Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, before he came to Baylor University Medical Center and completed his internal medicine residency in 2013. He has worked for nearly five years as a cardiology hospitalist under the direction of Paul Thompson, MD, at Hartford Hospital, in Hartford CT (J-1 waiver satisfied). Dr. Elsaid joined the Baylor University Medical Center Cardiology Fellowship in July of 2018.
The Leapfrog Group announces “A” grade for hospital
Once again, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas received an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements providing safer healthcare. This is the ninth consecutive “A” grade for the hospital. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas received an “A” for this time period for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. Two times a year, the organization evaluates over 2,600 hospitals using national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and other data sources. The safety grades evaluate 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data in process and structural measures and outcome measures.
Dallas campus cardiologist helps lead new clinical trial bringing potential COVID-19 treatments to North Texas
Robert Gottlieb, MD, heart transplant and heart failure cardiologist on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center, is the principal investigator for a study launched through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute of an experimental treatment using the drug remdesivir in the fight against COVID-19. The Dallas campus study led by Dr. Gottlieb will be one of a few study sites nationwide. Additional details may be found in an article from Dallas Morning News published marzo 28, 2020.
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How to know if you have heart disease if you don't have symptoms
Heart disease may be advanced before you ever experience symptoms. Jeffrey Schussler, MD, interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, discusses how to know if you have heart disease without symptoms and what tests you can take to know your risk for heart disease.
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After a heart transplant, 24-year-old Kennedy Ngungutau is making every beat count
With a new heart and outlook on life, 24-year-old Kennedy Ngungutau is making every beat count! Inspired by his care as a patient, Kennedy is using his second chance at life to become a heart transplantation nurse and give patients just like him hope for recovery.
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Finding your heart disease risk is as easy as pulling out your smartphone
David Lofthus, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, chats with WFAA's Daybreak team to teach everyone how to assess their risk for cardiovascular disease on their smartphone.
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Dallas woman saves husband twice using hands-only CPR
After her own cardiac event, Sandra Cheshier enrolled in Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital's Leap for Life class with her husband Pat. Learning hands-only CPR in class allowed Sandra to have her husband’s life twice in 2019 when he went into cardiac arrest at home. Together, they are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of marriage in junio 2020.
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Latest generation device available to treat ongoing cardiogenic shock
Chief of Transplant Cardiology, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure, Dr. Shelley Hall, and vascular surgeon on the medical staff, Dr. Brad Grimsley, were the first in North Texas and the second team in Texas to implant this new device, Impella 5.5™ with SmartAssist®. This Impella 5.5 with Smart Assist is used in conjunction with the Automated Impella Controller™ and is collectively known as "Impella® System Therapy.” This is a temporary ventricular support device intended for short term use and is indicated for the treatment of ongoing cardiogenic shock that occurs immediately, defined as under 48 hours, following acute myocardial infarction or open-heart surgery or in the setting of cardiomyopathy, including peripartum cardiomyopathy, or myocarditis as a result of isolated left ventricular failure that is not responsive to optimal medical management and conventional treatment measures, including volume loading and use of pressors and inotropes, with or without IABP. The intent of Impella System Therapy is to reduce ventricular work and to provide the circulatory support necessary to allow heart recovery and early assessment of residual myocardial function.
Women at risk of high blood pressure at younger age than men
New research has found that women experience earlier and sharper rises in blood pressure than men. Dr. Fahmi Farah, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth, chatted with NBC Channel 5 about the findings.
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Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, featured on Doing It Right Podcast
Nancy Vish, President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital in both Dallas and Fort Worth, sits down with Valerie Sokolosky, host of the podcast Doing It Right, to discuss organizational culture, leadership and building a strong team.
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ISCHEMIA study reveals some patients may not require stent placement
Fahmi Farah, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Fort Worth, sat down with KERA's Vital Signs host, Sam Baker, to discuss the ISCHEMIA study. This new study suggests that alternative therapies may be available for certain patients who traditionally needed a stent.
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29-year-old LVAD patient's hard work brings her heart back to life
At just 29 years old, Heather suffered a massive heart attack and required an LVAD to keep her heart working until she could receive a transplant. Through cardiac rehab and exercises, Heather's heart got stronger and she began to heal. One year later, she defeated the odds and became part of the 1% of LVAD patients in the country who get the device removed.
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Cardiac surgery program earns highest rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The cardiac surgery program at Baylor University Medical Center earned its second consecutive 3-Star rating for Isolated CABG from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. These ratings apply to quality data from enero 1, 2018 - junio 30, 2019, and it is an honor to be recognized for our award-winning care on the Baylor Scott & White - Dallas campus.
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital attends annual STEM Goes Red conference
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Fort Worth participated in American Heart Association's third annual STEM Goes Red Conference. 150 8th grade students in the Dallas and Irving ISD, as well as students in Fort Worth, attended this all-day workshop and learned about the heart from hospital leaders. The students will be visiting the hospitals at the end of January as part of the program.
TCAR Performed in Fort Worth: First in the area
Mujtaba Ali, MD, on the medical staff in Fort Worth, performed the first ever TCAR procedure on the Fort Worth campus! The procedure occurred in early October. TCAR is short for Transcarotid Artery Revascularization. It combines the safety and reliability of open carotid endarterectomy with the minimally invasive features of carotid stenting. This is a relatively new procedure not performed in many places nationwide.
Often performed under local anesthesia, a small incision is made just above a patient’s collarbone to expose the common carotid artery in the TCAR procedure. Then a soft, flexible sheath is placed directly into the carotid artery, connected to a specialized system to reverse the flow of blood away from the brain to protect against fragments of plaque that may come loose during the procedure. The blood is filtered and returned through a second sheath placed in the femoral vein in the patient’s thigh, and then the stent — a small wire mesh coil —is inserted and placed to open the artery. On the Dallas campus, Dr. Grimsley is the TCAR vascular surgeon.
Adding this procedure to the Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth portfolio of minimally or less invasive procedures continues to advance cardiovascular care on the Fort Worth campus.
Advantages and new applications of cardiac MRI
Haojie Wang, M.D., director of advanced cardiovascular MRI at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, discusses new diagnostic imaging and therapy directions for cardiovascular magnetic resonance in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular - Dallas is equipped with a dedicated cardiac 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner offering soft tissue visualization not available on CT or ultrasound.
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