Listen to Robert L. Smith, II, MD, as he discusses the quality outcomes of The Heart Hospital's valve program and the multidisciplinary approach to treatment used by the clinical team.
The Heart Valve Center of Texas is a specialty outpatient setting within the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans for patients with valve disease. The Heart Valve Center of Texas offers a patient-focused, multidisciplinary program that combines medical quality with advanced technology to diagnose and treat heart valve disorders. This unique heart valve program features specially trained physicians in heart valve disease including interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, general cardiologists, cardiac imaging specialists, and others who collaborate to provide effective valve treatments and innovative research options. The team of physicians on our medical staff maintains close contact with referring physicians to ensure they are kept abreast of the patient's treatment and progress.
The Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care is an outpatient facility owned and operated by The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. When a patient evaluated at the CACC's Heart Valve Center of Texas requires surgical intervention and treatment, the care coordinator at The Heart Valve Center facilitates the process with The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and assists the patient through the necessary steps for treatment and follow-up care.
Heart valve disease occurs when the valves in the heart do not work properly. Your heart has four valves: aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary. Each of these valves is responsible for blood flow through your heart into different chambers. Heart valve problems can include:
Just as some people are born with heart valve problems (congenital) and some people develop them later in life, heart valve disease may have no symptoms in some people while in others it may progress until symptoms develop. Heart valve disease may lead to serious heart and blood vessel disorders if left untreated, including heart failure, stroke, blood clots, or sudden cardiac arrest. Although medications may be used to treat the symptoms of heart valve disease, they cannot cure it. The most effective treatments are the repair or replacement of malfunctioning valves. Valves can be either man-made (mechanical) or biological, usually from pigs (porcine), cows (bovine), or horses (equine).
The highly trained cardiac surgeons and interventionalists on our medical staff offer a complete range of traditional surgical heart valve procedures as well as minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based management of aortic and mitral valve disease. With comfort and care being a top priority, we try to take a minimally invasive approach to treating heart valve disorders first. This interventional approach means that one can often avoid a traditional surgical procedure. Interventional procedures usually result in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery for most patients. In addition to traditional (open heart) heart valve procedures, The Heart Valve Center of Texas offers evaluations and expertise for highly specialized procedures such as:
In addition, via a process that begins with evaluation at The Heart Valve Center of Texas, these heart valve specialists also perform:
If you are in need of heart valve care and an evaluation of your condition, talk to your physician about a referral to The Heart Valve Center of Texas.Referring physicians can call 469.814.3480 to schedule a patient for evaluation.
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.