When it comes to quality care for simple and complex coronary artery disease – a blockage in the heart’s arteries restricting blood flow to the heart muscle – thousands of patients each year trust Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano for diagnosis and treatment.
Coronary artery disease is one of the most common forms of heart disease and can lead to heart attack, heart failure and death.
Cardiac catheterization involves inserting a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) into a blood vessel through a tiny incision in the leg or arm and guiding it to the arteries in the heart. This technique can be used to both diagnose and treat coronary artery disease.
Diagnostic catheterization – once the catheter has been guided to the heart’s arteries, a contrast dye is pushed through the catheter, highlighting the location and extent of the blockage.
Interventional catheterization (percutaneous coronary intervention) – after the catheter is in place, a balloon can be sent through the catheter and slightly inflated to push open the blockage to allow blood to flow through the artery. Following the angioplasty (balloon procedure), a stent is placed to hold back the plaque. A stent is a small metal mesh scaffolding-like device through which the blood can flow more freely.
Unlike surgery, which requires large incisions, cardiac catheterization usually means less scarring, less discomfort, and faster recovery and return to normal activities.
While the majority of procedures treating coronary artery disease at Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano are performed with catheters, the interventionists on the medical staff also are skilled at performing bypass procedures to restore blood flow in the heart’s arteries. In fact, we are among the nation’s highest volume centers for isolated bypass surgery. We are proud to feature low complication rates that place us among the top in the nation for this procedure. Read more about Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting »
Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano features several hybrid operating rooms that allow for different set-ups and changes in equipment to allow for multiple procedures to restore blood flow and correct other heart issues (such as heart valve repair) during a single operation.
Our operating suites also allow for interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons on the medical staff to work together to perform complex procedures, involving a combination of bypass and coronary stenting.
In addition, we offer advanced robotic-assisted coronary procedures.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Health Care System.