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Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgery refers to heart surgical procedures. In many cases, the chest is opened, and the heart is stopped to repair or replace tissue, muscle, valves or arteries of the heart. Whether you need heart surgery or a second opinion, the healthcare team at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health is specially equipped for these procedures.

Backed by years of groundbreaking research and quality care that wins awards, we've become experts at offering innovative, personalized cardiovascular care you can feel Better about. Awarded High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Failure and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement by U.S. News & World Report and 3-Stars in Isolated CABG by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas together with Baylor University Medical Center, continue to be a nationally-recognized cardiovascular program committed to Better.

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Bypass Surgery

Bypass or "open-heart" surgery is performed to repair or replace tissue, muscle, valves or the aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body, caused by coronary artery disease. A surgeon opens a patient's chest and the heart is stopped to complete these procedures.

At Baylor University Medical Center these surgical procedures include coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), off-pump bypass and minimally-invasive heart bypass surgery.

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Aortic Surgery

The aorta is the main artery in your heart that carries blood to the rest of your body. Problems with the aorta can lead to serious or life-threatening emergencies. A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and imaging specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas offer specialized aortic surgery services including aortic aneurysm repair and aortic valve surgery for conditions such as aortic dissection.

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Valve Surgery

Heart valve disease is a condition that occurs when heart valves fail to open and close properly. If left untreated, valve disease may lead to arrhythmias, an abnormal heart rhythm, or congestive heart failure. A dedicated team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and imaging specialists on the medical staff diagnose and treat patients with valve disease at the Center for Valve Disorders, part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas.

Treatment options include open heart and minimally-invasive surgical procedures for valve repair and valve replacement.

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Arrhythmia Surgery

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm, a condition in which the heart may beat at an irregular pace, or too fast or too slow. Caused by a problem with the heart's electrical system, some arrhythmias have no complications; other more serious conditions can result in heart failure, stroke, or even cardiac arrest.

At the Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas Heart Rhythm Center, a multidisciplinary team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. In addition to medication therapy, surgery procedure options include surgical ablation to destroy or remove the tissue causing the arrhythmia requiring general anesthesia. Minimally invasive surgery options are also available such as the Maze procedure to address atrial fibrillation, a specialized type of arrhythmia.

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Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition which means your heart doesn’t work as well as it should. If the heart is too weak or too stiff, the heart, organs, and tissues receive an inadequate supply of blood, and you may have difficulty doing things that might have been easy in the past. You can experience heart failure without ever suffering a heart attack. The good news is that heart failure is a treatable condition.

The healthcare specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas help patients diagnosed with heart failure, offering surgical treatment options including a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD), the total artificial heart and heart transplant.

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Specialized programs

Dedicated care provided by the entire surgical team is critical to the patient's outcomes, including a care team with specialized training and experience with the most critical cases. When coming to Baylor Dallas for even the most common heart surgery, patients may rest assured knowing they are in good hands if more critical care is needed. The multidisciplinary team provides advanced treatment including:
  • 24/7 critical care coverage provided by a physician
  • Board-certified cardiovascular anesthesiologists credentialed in adult cardiovascular anesthesiology
  • A tertiary care center with the infrastructure and physician experience to provide quality care to the most complex cases
Collaborating with various specialties allows the care team to determine the best treatment for each individual patient. The cardiac surgery team participates in various outpatient centers. Visit the page to learn more.


Aortic Center

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

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Center for Valve Disorders

The Center for Valve Disorders, a part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, provides a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan for patients with any type of valvular heart disease. A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, noninvasive cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and cardiac imaging specialists combine evidence-based quality with advanced technology to diagnose and treat aortic, mitral, pulmonic, and tricuspid valve disease. The Center for Valve Disorders’ collaborative program structure provides specialized treatment plans and innovative clinical research options for each patient.

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Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute

Members of the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas team understand the cultural dynamics of the Latino population, as well as the importance of incorporating language, family and religion in medicine. Our interdisciplinary team will follow you along your way at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center to help you while you receive advanced cardiovascular care, from check-in until after hospital care ends.

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Valve replacement and ascending aortic aneurysm

Colorado tri-athlete, Bill Ruth, restored his athletic lifestyle after receiving an ablation for atrial flutter, valve replacement for congenital bicuspid valve and ascending aortic aneurysm repair at Baylor Dallas.


Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

After discovering he had five blockages in his heart, Jim Eiler was worried he wouldn't be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. Less than a month later after his CABG surgery, Jim walked arm-in-arm with his daughter on her special day.


Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

Danny McCoy thought he did all the right things to live a healthy lifestyle. When it was recommended that he have coronary artery bypass surgery, he was blown away by the level of customer service he received at Baylor Dallas.


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