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Uncovering a different type of heart failure

Traditionally, one of the clinical hallmarks characterizing heart failure has been a low ejection fraction (EF) of the left ventricle. EF is the percent of blood pushed out by the heart with each heartbeat. But there is a growing awareness of a significant portion of the heart failure population who do not display low EF— a condition known as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

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Baylor Dallas performs its 500th LVAD implantation

As advances in heart failure treatment continue, Baylor University Medical Center remains at the forefront and is still one of the largest programs in Texas. In 2018, surgeons on the medical staff performed 54 heart transplants and implanted a record 78 LVADs (left ventricular assist device). Dan M. Meyer, MD, recently appointed surgical chief of heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support at Baylor Dallas, implanted the first LVAD at Baylor in 1996, and recently implanted the 500th LVAD, making BUMC the first hospital in North Texas to reach this milestone.

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