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Baylor Heart Clinic

Clinics

Arrhythmia and Syncope Clinic

The Baylor Heart Arrhythmia and Syncope Clinic takes a patient-centered approach in which a heart rhythm specialist (electrophysiologist) evaluates and treats heart rhythm problems such as palpitations, dizziness, fainting, fast or slow heart rate, irregular heart rate, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and various arrhythmia. We provide a full range of electrophysiologic procedures, ranging from non-invasive (Holter, event monitor and tilt table testing) to invasive (ablations, pacemaker or defibrillator implantation) procedures.

Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic

The Baylor Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at Baylor Heart provides for clinical and genetic evaluation of both common and rare cardiovascular diseases. The clinic provides for comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation and management in addition to extensive genetic testing and counseling for patients and family members.

Cardiovascular Intervention Clinic: Coronary, Peripheral and Aortic Disease

Baylor Heart Clinic provides comprehensive invasive diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients with signs and symptoms consistent with cardiovascular disease (coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and aortic disorders) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy among others. Invasive services are provided at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, Texas, and include coronary angiography, right and left cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary interventions (implantation of stents for narrowed arteries in the heart), balloon angioplasty and stenting for peripheral arterial disease (upper and lower extremities as well as arteries involving the kidneys). Other services provided include non-surgical septal reduction therapy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (alcohol septal ablation) as well as venous therapies (catheter directed local delivery of thrombolytic therapy – clot busters – in patients with pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lung arteries) and temporary/permanent deployment of IVC filter in such patients to reduce risk of future pulmonary embolism. We also provide urgent and emergent cardiac catheterization services for patients with evolving heart attack at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.

The aortic disease clinic focuses on patients with various disorders resulting in dilation of the aorta (aneurysm). In collaboration with our cardiovascular surgery team, we provide initial evaluation as well as subsequent follow-up to these patients so as to refer them for timely aortic surgery before major complications arise.

Healthy Heart Clinic for Sleep Disorders and Obesity

Sleep apnea increases the risks of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) and also makes it difficult to control high blood pressure. Blood vessels tend to be stiffer when sleep apnea is present and the heart relaxation capability tends to be impaired. It is commonly present in patients who have cardiac problems and is associated with an increased mortality.

Obesity increases the risk of having high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart failure.

The Healthy Heart Clinic for Sleep Disorders and Obesity's goal is to help in the prevention of cardiac problems and effective treatment of coexisting cardiac issues inpatients with sleep disorders and obesity. This will be achieved by tackling each cardiac risk factor, and coordinating the patient care with sleep specialists and bariatric surgeons as deemed necessary.

Preoperative Evaluation Clinic

The Preoperative Evaluation Clinic at Baylor Heart provides rapid assessment of risk, the need for additional tests and therapy before elective surgical procedures. Patients are seen within 24 hours and additional imaging tests,such as echocardiogram and stress tests are done on site in the clinic.

Preventive Cardiology Clinic

The complications of atherosclerosis remain the major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. However, a significant reduction in age adjusted cardiovascular mortality has occurred over the past several decades. The underlying causes of coronary disease are complex and multifactorial. However, a number of the clinical conditions which increased the risk for the initiation and progression of coronary disease are identifiable and can be modified. Clinical trials have demonstrated that identification and control of elevated cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity significantly reduced the risk for the development of atherosclerosis.

The Baylor Heart Clinic preventive cardiology program is dedicated to the identification of individuals at risk for the development of coronary disease and initiating preventive therapy prior to the onset of heart attack or stroke. Advanced lipid and other laboratory evaluations, cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, noninvasive coronary imaging cardiac MRI, etc.), dietary and nutrition therapy, are available and the personnel in the clinic are dedicated to the reduction of cardiovascular risk.

Valve Disease Clinic

The Valve Disease Clinic at Baylor Heart provides comprehensive evaluation and management of valvular heart disease and complications of valve disease. This one stop clinic combines the expertise of Clinical cardiology, Cardiac imaging (including three-dimensional echocardiography, stress echocardiography), interventional cardiology (for minimally invasive valve surgeries) and surgical intervention for valvular heart disease and aortic pathology.