Cardiac surgery in our award-winning cardiovascular program

Cardiac surgery refers to heart surgical procedures that, in many cases, involve opening the chest and stopping the heart to repair or replace tissue, muscle, valves or arteries. Whether you need heart surgery or a second opinion, the healthcare team at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is specially equipped for these procedures.

Backed by years of groundbreaking research and award-winning quality care, we've become experts at offering innovative, personalized cardiovascular care. Awarded High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report and 3-Stars in Isolated CABG by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, together with Baylor University Medical Center, continues to be a nationally recognized cardiovascular program committed to better.

Cardiac surgeries we perform


Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas offers expertise and cardiac surgery treatment options in Dallas.

Aortic surgery

The aorta is the main artery in your heart that carries blood to the rest of your body. Problems with the aorta can lead to serious or life-threatening emergencies.

A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and imaging specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas offers specialized aortic surgery services, including aortic aneurysm repair and aortic valve surgery for conditions such as aortic dissection.

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Arrhythmia surgery

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm condition caused by the heart's electrical system, resulting in the heart beating at an irregular pace—too fast or too slow. Some heart arrhythmias have no complications, but other more serious conditions can result in heart failure, stroke or even cardiac arrest.

At the Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas Heart Rhythm Center, a multidisciplinary heart care team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. In addition to medication therapy, arrhythmia surgery procedure options include surgical ablation to destroy or remove the tissue causing the arrhythmia and requires general anesthesia. Minimally invasive arrhythmia surgery options are also available, such as the Maze procedure that addresses a specialized type of arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation.

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Coronary artery bypass grafting

The most common cardiovascular surgery procedure in the United States is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This is a cardiac surgery treatment for coronary artery disease that we perform at our heart hospital in Dallas.

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Surgery for adult congenital heart disease

The cause of any particular congenital heart defect is typically unknown, however, factors that may increase the chance of a heart defect include:

  • Family history of birth defects
  • Premature birth
  • Genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome
  • Pregnant women exposed to certain prescription medications
  • Pregnant women who get rubella (German measles)
  • Pregnant women with uncontrolled diabetes 

Some congenital heart problems can be watched by the baby's doctor and managed with medicines, while others will require heart surgery.

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Heart failure surgery

Heart failure is a condition in which your heart doesn’t work as well as it should. If the heart is too weak or too stiff, the heart, organs and tissues receive an inadequate supply of blood, and you may have difficulty doing things that have been easy in the past. You can experience heart failure without ever suffering a heart attack. The good news is that heart failure is a treatable condition at our Dallas heart hospital.

The heart specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas help patients diagnosed with heart failure by offering cardiac surgery treatment options, including a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), the total artificial heart and heart transplant.

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Valve surgery

Heart valve disease is a condition that occurs when heart valves fail to open and close properly. If left untreated, valve disease may lead to arrhythmias, an abnormal heart rhythm or congestive heart failure. A dedicated team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and imaging specialists on the medical staff diagnose and treat patients with valve disease at the Center for Valve Disorders, part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas.

Treatment options include open-heart and minimally invasive surgical procedures for valve repair and valve replacement at our heart hospital in Dallas.

Specialized programs

Dedicated care provided by the entire surgical team at our Dallas heart hospital is critical to the patients’ outcomes, including a care team with specialized training and experience with the most critical cases. Patients coming to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for a common heart surgery can rest assured knowing they are in good hands if the need for more critical care arises.

Collaborating with various specialties allows the care team to determine the best treatment for each individual patient. The cardiac surgery team participates across multiple outpatient centers.

  • Aortic Center

    The Aortic Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, focuses on treating complex conditions related to aortic disease.

    Early diagnosis, appropriate medical management and surgical options—including minimally invasive surgery or open surgical treatment—involve a multidisciplinary team of specialists on the medical staff.

    Cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons on the medical staff, who have experience with technically demanding procedures and the complexity of circulatory issues, collaborate to deliver quality care to their patients.

  • Center for Valve Disorders

    The Center for Valve Disorders, a part of Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas, provides a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan for patients with any valvular heart disease.

    A multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, non-invasive cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiac imaging specialists combine evidence-based quality with advanced technology to diagnose and treat aortic, mitral, pulmonic and tricuspid valve disease.

    The Center for Valve Disorders’ collaborative program structure provides specialized treatment plans and innovative clinical research options for each patient.

  • Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute

    Members of the Hispanic Cardiovascular Institute - Dallas team understand the cultural dynamics of the Latino population, as well as the importance of incorporating language, family and religion in medicine.

    Our interdisciplinary team will follow alongside you at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center—from check-in until after hospital care ends—to help as you receive advanced cardiovascular care.