Collin County Living Well Magazine November/December 2017 - Page 25

High Performing Heart Care W hen it comes to care for your heart, one of the nation’s “best hospitals” is right here in Collin County. With inno- vative treatments, medical excellence and five-star service, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano consistently earns rec- ognition as a destination for quality heart care. U.S. News & World Report has again rec- ognized 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 re- pair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass sur- gery, heart failure and lung cancer surgery. In each of these areas, the hospital continues to set itself apart through dedicated integrat- ed care programs, heart team approach, advanced treatments and ongoing research. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair If left untreated, an abdominal aortic aneu- rysm, 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 re- covery 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 Courtesy The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano The Heart Valve Center of Texas, an out- patient facility of the hospital, a multidis- ciplinary team offers evaluation and treat- ment for those with aortic valve conditions. Since 2012, the hospital has been per- forming transcatheter aortic valve replace- ment (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 con- ditions, 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 com- mon surgical procedure for those with ad- vanced coronary heart disease. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano currently offers sev- eral 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 re- covery. Heart Failure For those living with heart failure, the con- dition 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 medica- tion, 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 of- fers a ventricular assist device (VAD) pro- gram 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 lu ng 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, ro- botic 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 hos- pital’s minimally invasive options have led to shorter average hospital stays and out- comes that exceed national averages. Recognized Care for Your Heart From prevention to complex heart proce- dures, 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. COLLIN COUNTY Living Well Magazine | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 23