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Robotic Surgery Technology Key to Advancing Minimally Invasive Solutions

The use of robotic technology has rapidly expanded in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and interventional cardiology over the last several years. As one of the state’s busiest robotic cardiothoracic surgery programs, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano continues to invest in this growing field in order to provide even more minimally invasive options for patients.

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First in Texas to Robotically Perform SITRAL + TAVR During Same Procedure

The combined procedure is part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to offer surgical options for patients with mitral annular calcification.

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano recently completed the first successful combined procedure in Texas that included surgical implantation of transcatheter valve in native mitral annular calcification (SITRAL) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using robotic technology.

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Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation : Beyond Meds

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia treated in clinical practice. Lifetime risk of AF is estimated to be 24% in elderly patients.13 Stroke is the most devastating complication of AF, with AF patients experiencing a fivefold higher risk of stroke and a twofold increased risk of all-cause mortality.4 Taking all patients into consideration, the annual stroke risk is 5%, but can be as high as 15% depending on many common clinical factors.5

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Teaching on the Cutting Edge

For nearly a decade, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has pursued innovation in cardiovascular healthcare, offering novel therapies and procedures for a variety of heart diseases. The large volume of procedures and surgeries performed at The Heart Hospital provides a unique opportunity for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to train the next generation of innovators in cardiovascular healthcare. Under the leadership of Michael DiMaio, MD, Medical Director – Residency Fellowship Program, ​a yearlong Structural Heart Fellowship was initiated in July 2​016​.

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