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Heart and Vascular

​​​​​​Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death of Central Texans. Committed to offering comprehensive heart and vascular care to area residents, Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest is growing its investment in keeping hearts healthy in the region.

Experienced and respected cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists on the medical staff lead the hospital's heart and vascular team. They use the expertise they have gained from treating thousands of patients coupled with:

  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • Innovative digital imaging technology
  • A wide variety of treatment options

From precise diagnostics to minimally invasive interventional procedures and complex cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries, Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest is the destination of choice for Waco-area residents seeking advanced heart care for a variety of conditions including:

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the large blood vessel (aorta) that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward. The rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 and seek immediate medical attention if you have extreme pain in your belly or back that does not go away. 

An arrhythmia, also called a dysrhythmia, is an abnormal heartbeat. An arrhythmia occurs when the electrical system that regulates a steady heartbeat becomes impaired, causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

Commonly called hardening of the arteries, arteriosclerosis includes a variety of conditions that cause artery walls to thicken and lose elasticity.

Atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib) is a type of arrhythmia that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. It is a serious condition that needs immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Congestive heart failure (CHF)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) results when blood flow out of the heart slows, causing blood returning to the heart through the veins to back up and create congestion in the body's tissues. Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest offers a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, bringing together the expertise required to successfully manage this condition.

Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when the heart muscle experiences a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow. Cardiologists on the medical staff use a wide variety of approaches to treat a heart attack, including medication, minimally invasive and traditional surgery approaches, and lifestyle changes.  

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy occurs when heart muscle cells enlarge and cause the walls of the ventricles (usually the left ventricle) to thicken. The ventricle size often remains normal but the thickening may block blood flow out of the ventricle. Cardiologists on the medical staff use lifestyle changes, medications and surgery to address this condition.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Vascular surgeons on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest successfully diagnose and treat hundreds of patients annually for a variety of PAD—atherosclerosis of the peripheral arteries. They use the latest digital imaging technology, minimally invasive surgical techniques and pharmacological approaches to treat PAD.

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
The American Stroke Association defines TIAs as temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. A TIA should not be ignored, as it may be the precursor to a major stroke. Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest's Emergency Center houses the stroke center, which has been awarded the Joint Commission's Stroke Gold Plus Award in recognition of having all necessary elements to provide top-tier care for stroke patients, including evaluation and treatment of TIAs. 

For more information about heart and vascular services at Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest, call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (279.3627).

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