Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center/Texas Heart Institute
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center/Texas Heart Institute is a 900-bed private hospital, renowned for its excellence in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The hospital is staffed by both Baylor and private physicians and serves a local, national and international referral population.
Cardiac facilities include 11 cardiac catheterization laboratories which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for catheterization, angiography, atherectomy, stent placement, valvuloplasty, and peripheral angioplasties. The angioplasty suites are linked to a central digital storage facility from which data is available on-line with minimal delay, providing on-line quantitative angiographic analysis. A dedicated facility for electrophysiology testing and pacemaker insertion offers the most current modalities in EP therapy.
The Echocardiography Laboratory is equipped with seven ultrasound imaging systems for 2-D and Doppler studies, transesophageal, and stress echocardiography, including exercise and pharmacological stress testing. The Echocardiography Laboratory provides for Level 1, 2 and 3 levels of training as approved by The American Society of Echocardiography.
Training in Nuclear Cardiology includes perfusion imaging with single-photon emission computed tomography and radionuclide is also available. The Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation service is world renowned for their work with left ventricular assist devices and innovative heart failure therapies.
Ben Taub Hospital is a 550-bed public hospital adjacent to Baylor College of Medicine, opened in 1990 and staffed entirely by Baylor physicians. The patient population is diverse, presenting a broad spectrum of acute and chronic cardiovascular problems.
The Cardiology Service operates an 8-bed Coronary Care Unit and participates in 16 MICU beds. The Invasive Laboratory performed over 1,600 catheterizations in 2004 with 1,200 diagnostic angiograms and 400 angioplasties. The lab is fully equipped for cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, computerized electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and transvenous defibrillator insertion, alcohol septal ablation, ASD closure, and valvuloplasty. The Noninvasive Laboratory, equipped for 2-D, transesophageal, and Doppler echocardiography, performed more than 9,000 procedures in 2004. Thallium stress tests and gated wall motion studies are performed routinely.
The Cardiology Consultation Service sees an exceptional variety of cardiovascular disorders. Due to the large population from developing countries, adult congenital heart disease, rheumatic valvular disease, and unusual cardiomyopathies are encountered frequently. Outpatient experience is provided with general Cardiology clinic weekly. In addition, a high-risk OB and Congenital Heart Clinic is operated for cardiac problems during pregnancy and the post-partum period.
The Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a 900-bed tertiary care hospital, which opened in 1991. Cardiac facilities include an 8-bed CCU, adjacent fluoroscopy and procedure room, and a 14-bed telemetry unit. The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a $2,000,000 state-of-the-art facility, equipped for diagnostic right and left heart catheterization, digital biplane angiography, atherectomy, angioplasty, and stent placement. The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performed more than 1,300 procedures, including 300 angioplasties.
MEDVAMC also features a dedicated, computerized laboratory for electrophysiology procedures, including programmed stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, and implantation of pacemakers and transvenous defibrillators. The Noninvasive Laboratory is equipped with three ultrasound machines for routine 2-D and Doppler studies, pharmacological stress testing, and transesophageal echocardiography performing over 9,000 procedures per year. Inpatient Cardiology services includes the CCU, Consult Service, Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology, and Noninvasive Laboratory. Outpatient clinics include General Cardiology, Pacemaker Surveillance, Arrhythmia, Urgent Care, and Transplant/Cardiomyopathy. Research facilities on site encompass 5500 ft for molecular and cellular biology, 800 ft for large animal research, and 1500 ft for clinical research personnel.