Translational research fuels discovery at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) is well known for its diverse research portfolio. The program actively maintains nearly 2,000 active and enrolling projects across more than 50 medical specialties each year, including initiatives supported by its translational research program. The program is focused on driving innovation by working with clinical teams across the Baylor Scott & White Health System to develop new medicines and diagnostic tests. The translational research team’s approach to discovery of “bench-to-bedside- and- back-to-bench” allows BSWRI to continue to be a major contributor to advancements in medical science.

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Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth builds upon advanced heart failure program with mechanical device support

Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth now offers comprehensive care for patients with advanced heart failure, including left ventricular support devices and other mechanical circulatory support. The advanced heart failure team implanted its first LVAD in July.

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#ReviveTheSwan – The importance of right heart catheterization in advanced heart failure

Placement of a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC), commonly known as a Swan-Ganz catheter, provides hemodynamic data that is vital for clinicians treating patients with acute decompensated heart failure or cardiogenic shock.  While routine use has been shown to not be beneficial, there are many instances in which hemodynamic monitoring through the use of a Swan is highly indicated.

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SGLT2 inhibitors reduce heart failure hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths in diabetic patients

Heart failure and diabetes are closely intertwined.  Diabetes affects not only coronary artery blood flow, but also the myocardium. Patients with type 2 diabetes are at risk of heart failure due to intrinsic myocardial disease, resulting in increased myocardial hypertrophy, fibrosis and stiffness. This can also lead to a form of heart failure described in literature as diabetic cardiomyopathy.

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