High Performing Heart Care
Courtesy The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
When it comes to care for your heart, one of the nation’s “best hospitals” is right here in Collin County. With innovative treatments, medical excellence and five‐star service, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano consistently earns recognition as a destination for quality heart care.
U.S. News & World Report has again recognized The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano as one of the “best hospitals” in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery, as well as “high performing” in five areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and lung cancer surgery.
In each of these areas, the hospital continues to set itself apart through dedicated integrated care programs, heart team approach, advanced treatments and ongoing research.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
If left untreated, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an enlargement in the body’s largest artery, can be a medical emergency. As a regional center for aortic aneurysm care, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has a specialized transfer program established to receive those with an emergency condition and provide immediate treatment.
For those who are at high risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, the hospital offers CT screenings to catch the condition before it becomes a life‐threatening problem. If surgery is needed, endovascular surgery may be an option. This minimally invasive approach repairs the aneurysm inside the aorta using a small incision and a stent. When compared to traditional open surgery, endovascular surgery usually offers faster recovery and decreased complication rates.
Aortic Valve Surgery
Based on the number of cases, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is one of the nation’s busiest centers for valve surgery. Through The Heart Valve Center of Texas, an outpatient facility of the hospital, a multidisciplinary team offers evaluation and treatment for those with aortic valve conditions.
Since 2012, the hospital has been performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure during which a catheter is inserted through a small incision in the groin area up into the heart and a new valve is inserted into place. TAVR has expanded treatment options for those who are otherwise unable to have traditional open chest surgery.
To continue to improve care for valve conditions, the hospital is currently involved in several research studies related to valve surgery, including expanding the use of TAVR to more patients.
Heart Bypass Surgery
Heart bypass surgery is the most common surgical procedure for those with advanced coronary heart disease. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano currently offers several advanced approaches to this traditional surgery.
In some cases, surgeons may use small incisions between the ribs to perform the bypass surgery, instead of a large incision down the middle of the chest. Also, many surgeries can be performed while the heart is still beating, known as off‐pump surgery.
The hospital is also innovating traditional bypass surgery through the use of robotics. With this approach, surgeons use a few small incisions and robotic technology to perform the surgery. This typically results in a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
For those living with heart failure, the condition often requires long‐term management through lifestyle changes and medication.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has a comprehensive program for heart failure management through the Congestive Heart Failure Center. From dietary help to medication, a team from multiple specialties creates a personalized plan to manage heart failure and reduce the need for hospitalization.
For advanced heart failure, the center offers a ventricular assist device (VAD) program certified by The Joint Commission. This mechanical device takes over the pumping function of the heart when other treatments have not worked.
Lung Cancer Surgery
Thoracic surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano provide care for chest and lung diseases, including lung and esophageal cancer. When lung cancer requires surgery, often a minimally invasive surgery can be performed, such as robotic‐assisted surgery.
At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, robotic technology is used in the majority of thoracic surgeries, which allows more precision in removing lung cancer. For those undergoing a lobectomy, where part of the diseased lung is removed, the hospital’s minimally invasive options have led to shorter average hospital stays and outcomes that exceed national averages.
Recognized Care for Your Heart
From prevention to complex heart procedures, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is ready to care for you.
For more information or to find a physician, call 1-800-4BAYLOR or visit TheHeartHosptialBaylor.com.