When John Dutton woke up unable to move his leg, he knew something was very wrong. "The pain and swelling were awful." His wife Ginny called 9-1-1. "The paramedics took us straight to Baylor Scott & White." That's when they learned the source of the problem: a ruptured aneurysm. "The surgeon told me it had to be repaired right away and that I could lose my leg. All I wanted was to stop hurting."
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Sharon Smith's checkup took an unexpected turn when a shadow showed up on her chest x-ray. "It was a cancerous tumor in my lung." Fortunately, the cancer was a low-grade and early-stage. "My oncologist referred me to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for robotic surgery. He said I'd get the best care there, and I did." The robot-assisted procedure used tiny incisions, minimizing Sharon's pain and recovery time. "The day after surgery, they told me to just go home and live a nice, long life." A couple of weeks later, she was doing exactly that—working in the garden she loves and enjoying the sunshine.
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Nathan Palmer, 20, thought he was in excellent health, but a student in his primary care physician's office heard a heart murmur. After a series of tests, a cardiologist diagnosed Nathan with mitral valve prolapse, a genetic weakness that causes the valve to leak. At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, surgeons on the medical staff used robotic and video technology to repair the valve through a small incision on the side of his chest. Nathan was back in school the next week and working out regularly three months later. Today, he's a full-time paramedic. "The level of care at Baylor is higher than any hospital I've ever seen. They cared about me as a person, not just a patient."
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She runs; she exercises; she eats right. But one day, Debi Lemon collapsed at work from sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she was taken to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, where surgeons performed robotic-assisted bypass surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that normally results in quicker recoveries and better overall outcomes compared to traditional surgery. Recalling her recovery, Debi says, "I just have three little scars, and I was walking that same day. After two days, I was self-sufficient." Now she's back to her athletic lifestyle. "I'm doing everything," she says. "I'm even running the half marathon in December."Learn more about Debi's story by watching her video »
An angiogram at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano showed three clogged arteries and an immediate need for open heart surgery for David Thibodeaux.
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When Torchie Monk learned that her heart palpitations were atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that can lead to stroke, she took her cardiologist's suggestion and enrolled in an AFib research study at Baylor. The study focuses on evaluating patients' heart rhythms using a tiny implanted heart monitor. "The device records my heartbeat 24/7," Torchie explains, "and my doctor uses the information to fine tune my medication."Learn more about Torchie's story by watching her video »
When a former competitive weightlifter began to experience shortness of breath and an irregular, racing heartbeat, he knew something was wrong.
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A new heart valve got me back in the saddle. Joaquin Provencio, an admitted horse fanatic, needed a new heart valve, but his New Mexico doctors wouldn't operate because of his age. "I thought my life was over," he says. He came to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, where he enrolled in a clinical trial for transcatheter aortic valve replacement allowing surgeons to replace aortic valves without open-heart surgery. Afterwards, Joaquin was surprised at his quick recovery. "I was in the hospital three days. I couldn't believe it," he says. Now he's back in the saddle. "Soon I'll be out roping with my friends again," he says. "I have to thank Baylor for saving my life."
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Kevin Kirksey felt he was in great health, until he learned the results of his coronary calcium test. "The cardiologist had never seen scores that high," he explains, an indication of plaque buildup on his artery walls. Cardiac catheterization confirmed three severe blockages. "My only option was triple bypass surgery," says Kevin, "and I chose to have it at a Baylor Health Care System hospital." He chose Baylor for his cardiac rehabilitation, too. "I feel like I experienced the gold standard in cardiac care — before, during and after my procedure."
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Heart rhythm problems take specialized care, and specialized technology. Our cardiac electrophysiology program provides expert risk identification and offers a variety of therapies to diagnose and treat low- to complex-based arrhythmias. Physicians on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano work with highly advanced electrophysiology equipment, including a magnetic robotic system and innovative technologies resulting from our research program. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano strives for quality, care and compassion; all so that your heart rhythm never loses a beat.
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Lonna Hale was working in her front yard when she felt a severe pain in her leg. "It was excruciating," she says. Lonna had peripheral vascular disease, a condition so dangerous it sometimes requires amputating a limb. The vascular surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano performed surgery to repair her arteries and save her leg. Today she says, "I feel wonderful now. I'll be back to gardening this summer. It's one of my favorite things to do." And as far as her experience with Baylor, she says, "You just can't ask for better care."
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Heidi McGraw knew something wasn't right. "I was always out of breath," she says. Tests revealed a tumor on her thymus that was putting pressure on her heart and lungs. At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, surgeons used minimally invasive robotic surgery to remove the tumor. That reduced her recovery time from eight weeks to three weeks versus traditional surgery, so she could resume normal activities with her son that much sooner. "When I was sick, I had to rely on friends to take him to games," she says. "Now I'm there cheering him on."
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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, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.