Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland Heart and Vascular Center is dedicated to being the best place for quality care and outstanding service for patients with conditions, or potential conditions, affecting the heart and vascular system. Our nationally recognized program offers comprehensive invasive and noninvasive diagnostic, interventional and rehabilitation services.
Our multidisciplinary staff understands the importance of providing accurate diagnoses, effective personalized treatments, and the right skills to manage heart and vascular disease, so that patients can get back to living their life.
Find out more about our diagnostic and interventional services, then take our heart assessment to find out how heart healthy you are. For a referral to a heart and vascular specialist on the Baylor Scott & White – Garland medical staff, call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627) or
find a physician online.
Echocardiography uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the heart and its structures. The test allows our skilled cardiovascular sonographers to identify damaged heart tissue or heart valves or other abnormalities of the heart. Additionally, the non-invasive test can detect and assess coronary artery disease, as well as potential causes behind chest pain.
- Pericardial effusion
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Low-ejection fraction
- Heart murmur
Our EKG technologists measure electrical activity in the heart by placing sensors on the chest, which can detect irregular heartbeats. The lab also offers several forms of stress testing, such as exercise stress tests, stress echocardiography and chemical stress tests. These tests can help determine whether the heart is receiving adequate blood flow during increased levels of activity.
- Coronary heart disease
- Coronary artery blockages
- Chest pain
- Heart valve disease
- Heart failure
The Vascular Lab conducts non-invasive imaging procedures to create dynamic visual images of organ vasculature and blood flow through the use of high frequency sound waves. Our highly trained vascular technicians have the resources to diagnose blood flow problems from head to toe, literally.
- Peripheral artery disease/peripheral vascular disease (PAD/PVD)
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
- Deep venous thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous insufficiency
- Renal artery stenosis
- Bypass graft stenosis or occlusion (lower extremity)
- Stenosis in lower extremity arteries
- Dialysis access graft for stenosis or occlusion
Radial Artery Catheterization
During most traditional diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, a cardiologist uses the femoral artery in the leg as the entry point for a catheter tube, which is guided through the body’s arteries to the heart. The relatively new radial artery approach allows a cardiologist to insert the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist.
Once the catheter has reached the heart, a contrast dye is injected through the tube, which allows cardiologists to identify cholesterol deposits – or plaque – in diseased arteries that may be blocking blood flow.
Radial artery catheterization offers patients several benefits:
- Less bleeding, meaning less chance of needing a blood transfusion
- Less risk of nerve trauma
- Lower rates of complication
- Shorter recovery/more comfortable (patients can move around immediately after the procedure rather than having to stay in bed for several hours)
Currently, less than five percent of hospitals in the United States employ the radial artery approach to catheterization. Baylor Scott & White – Garland is proud to be one of them.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
(expandable) A skilled team of interventional cardiologists on the medical staff, nurses, registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, radiology technicians and cardiovascular technicians work together to perform a range of advanced procedures, including:
- Coronary angiograms
- Right heart catheterizations
- Pacemakers (permanent and temporary)
- Internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD)
- Direct currant cardio versions (DCCV)
- Radial artery catheterization
- Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Coronary artery disease
- Irregular heart rhythms
- Renal stenosis/P>
- Cardiogenic shock
- Transesophageal echocardiograms
- Renal angiograms
- Intra-aortic balloon placement
- Bi-ventricular pacemakers
The primary goal of the Heart and Vascular Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is to assist patients in developing a healthy lifestyle plan that allows them to manage their disease while enjoying a greater quality of life.
Our education program helps patients understand their heart condition and provides information and techniques to help reduce the risk of future heart problems.
Our caring team of exercise physiologists and cardiac rehabilitation nurses educate patients in stress management, nutrition, exercise, risk factor modification and other aspects of cardiovascular disease management. All members of our team also are certified smoking cessation counselors.
The program rehabilitates patients recovering from a wide range of conditions and procedures, including:
- Heart attack
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Balloon procedures
- Coronary stents
- Heart valve repair and replacement
- Heart and lung transplant