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Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence for Third Consecutive Time

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital received Magnet recognition once again in March, 2017, proof of continued nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program® identifies superior quality in nursing care by evaluating performance outcomes. Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing practice.

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is proud of our continued Magnet recognition, which is proof of our dedication to quality patient care. Research shows that Magnet-recognized organizations consistently demonstrate:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Lower rates of falls.

Currently, only 452 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. An organization that reapplies for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance, and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition. In addition, only 34% of Magnet recognized organizations that have attempted three or more designations have been successful.

ANCC evaluates organizations seeking both initial Magnet recognition and recertification, judging how well organizations perform in the five foundations of the Magnet Model, which correlate to global issues in nursing and health care. ANCC looks at the degree to which leaders:

1. Transform the organization to meet changing needs.
2. Empower staff members and prepare them to face all challenges.
3. Promote exemplary professional practice.
4. Foster innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements.
5. Measure and evaluate outcomes throughout the entire organization.

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with advanced and high quality care and patient satisfaction and the third-time granting of this credential confirms success in this endeavor. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® website.


Third Time Magnet® Recognition Received »



Dallas Leipzig Conference

Dallas Leipzig Conference

Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas highlighted their skills and expertise at this year’s Dallas Leipzig conference. This conference highlights the field of valvular heart disease offering education through challenging cases and lectures in addition to the introduction of ground-breaking clinical trials and new technologies, devices and pharmacologic drugs.




Jeffrey Schussler, MD

Innovations in Cardiac Catheterization at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital

Good Morning Texas takes a look inside Baylor Dallas’ cardiac cath lab during Heart Month. Jeffrey Schussler, MD, medical director of critical care unit, speaks to advances in innovation, including robotic procedures, and the importance of a high-volume facility. View the Cardiac Cath Video




Arun Padala, MD

Cardiologist Answers Your Heart Health Questions

Good Morning Texas welcomed Arun Padala, MD, medical director of non-invasive cardiology at Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Fort Worth to wrap-up Heart Month by answering your questions about heart health and simple tips to prevent heart disease. View Heart Healthy Tips Video




Jeffrey Schussler, MD

Scrubbing In – Broken Heart Syndrome: Can You Die From A Broken Heart?

Broken heart syndrome is a condition almost unique to women between the ages of 50-80 and thought to be triggered by adrenaline which surges in stressful situations. For those two percent of all “heart attack” syndromes, symptoms are just like an acute heart attack. The difference in broken heart syndrome and a true heart attack is that heart arteries in broken heart syndrome typically have no significant blockage. Learn more about broken heart syndrome




Jeffrey Schussler, MD

Scrubbing In – Autoimmune Diseases Can Be A Strong Predictor of Heart Disease

Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, bridges the gap between autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease. Research suggested people with psoriasis were five times more likely to have coronary calcification then healthy people in the same study. This puts psoriasis on the same cardiovascular risk list as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Learn more about psoriasis and cardiovascular disease




Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD

Scrubbing In – Leading the Nation in Healing Hearts: The Evolution of Heart Surgery

Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery and heart transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, highlights the innovative, minimally-invasive advances in cardiac surgery. The collaborative effort of cardiology and heart surgery compliments the innovative approaches taking place at Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas.
Read more on the innovation of heart surgery




Danny McCoy

Scrubbing In – 72-Year-Old Returns to Active Life Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Danny McCoy always lived a healthy and active life. When a routine stress test snowballed into a quadruple coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), Mr. McCoy’s nerves escalated. CABG is one of the most common cardiovascular surgery procedures in the United States and at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Mr. McCoy’s worries were eased by the knowledge, cleanliness, and skill sets of his medical team. Danny is now able to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife this fall – a celebration of love and life. Read Danny's coronary artery disease story




Hands-Only CPR: Two Steps to Save A Life

Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth is offering free hands-only CPR training throughout the month of February. CBS channel 11 stopped by to speak with Dr. Sukesh Burjonroppa about the importance of knowing CPR and how you can save a life. Watch the Hands-Only CPR video.




Cardiac Surgery Kicks Off Heart Month on Good Morning Texas

February marks American Heart Month, a time committed to raising awareness for heart disease – the number one cause of death for men and women. Brian Lima, MD, cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, kicks off Heart Month on WFAA's Good Morning Texas. Watch the Heart Month video.




KERA Vital Signs: Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Brian Lima, MD, cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, sat down with KERA's Sam Baker to discuss types, benefits, and potential candidates of minimally invasive surgery. Listen to KERA Interview with Dr. Lima




Heart Arrhythmias and AFib on Good Morning Texas

Craig Delaughter, MD, medical director of electrophysiology on the medical staff at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth and a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White All Saint Medical Center – Fort Worth, talks with WFAA's Good Morning Texas about heart arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation symptoms, treatments, and education. Watch the AFib video.




Healthy Heart Valves on Good Morning Texas

Good Morning Texas speaks with Robert Stoler, MD, interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, about heart valves and how to prevent heart valve disease. Watch the Heart Month video.




Doctor Induces Heart Attack to Save Arlington Man's Life

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital cardiologist, Stuart Lander, MD, an electrophysiologist, performs a specialized procedure on a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease where muscle fibers of the heart have not grown or developed properly. Unknown to the patient, this condition caused a sudden heart attack. Watch the story




Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Patient Receives Christmas Day Gift

Right Place at Right Time for Hospital Volunteer

Read how Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital volunteer, Norbert Schulz, became thankful that he was truly in the right place at the right time. The Dallas Morning News feature story is available. Read the story


Baylor Dallas volunteer, Norb Schulz's heart stopped beating while volunteering at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. When he fell while in the cath lab, the surrounding clinicians and physicians on the medical staff immediately jumped into action. Norb Schulz is now back in his role volunteering and giving thanks to those who saved his life. Watch the story




Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Patient Receives Christmas Day Gift

Heart Transplant Patient Receives Christmas Day Gift

Another family's loss results in a special Christmas Day Gift. Advanced Heart Failure cardiologist and Medical Director for Ventricular Assist Device Program, Susan Joseph, MD is featured. Watch the video




Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital gives back

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital gives back to Pleasant Hills Children's Home

Employees at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital joined to give back to those in need this holiday season. Team members donated gifts to the 43 children at Pleasant Hills Children's Home in Fairfield, TX for the upcoming holidays. This is Baylor's third year donating to this deserving organization.




Norb Schulz

Shelley Hall, MD, recognized in Modern Luxury's Dynamic Women edition

Chief of Transplant Cardiology, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure, Dr. Shelley Hall was featured in the November issue of Modern Luxury. Dynamic Women of Dallas features entrepreneurial women of the Greater Dallas area and highlights their talents and successes. View the article




Bill Ruth

Scrubbing In® — Lifesaving heart valve surgery restored triathlete's active life

Bill Ruth can't imagine a lifestyle that doesn't involve physical activity — biking, running and swimming are his passions. As a former professional triathlete and 24-year high school track coach, he and wife Sherry start almost every day with a run together.

When the 64-year-old noticed a decline in his running performance, he assumed it was because of growing older and their recent move to higher altitude in Colorado.
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Only FDA-Approved Device to Repair "Hole in the Heart" Condition Now Available at Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Fort Worth

Condition Affects One in Four Adults, Device Prevents Blood Clots and Reduces Recurrent Stroke Risk

Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Fort Worth on Tuesday, November 15, became the first program in all of Texas to implant the only FDA-approved device designed to prevent blood clots from entering the brain by sealing a hole in the heart. The device is designed to help reduce the risk of recurrent strokes in patients diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a small opening between the upper chambers of the heart.

The Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Fort Worth team led by Farhan Ali, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Fort Worth implanted this new device – the AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder – into two patients with PFO at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. The AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder is the first and only FDA-approved device designed to close the PFO and lower the risk of stroke caused by dangerous clots passing between the heart chambers and up to the brain.

Prior to the FDA approval on October 28th, patients who experienced a cyptogenic stroke when a blood clot passed through the hole in the heart to the brain were prescribed blood thinners for the rest of their lives. Often, these patients are young women, in their twenties or thirties (childbearing age). Being on blood thinners, especially living an active lifestyle, at such a young age can be viewed by patients as a concern. Now, with this minimally invasive option, the AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder, patients will have the relief of knowing that they are at a decreased risk of stroke.

"This 'first in Texas' commercial use post FDA approval is a wonderful advancement for patients in Tarrant County and the surrounding region," says Dr. Ali. "We are fortunate that these patients' neurologists and cardiologists understand the importance of seeking new technology options for their patients. The AMPLATZER is a device that is now available to help patients, many of whom are very young. With 20 to 25 percent of the population living with and growing older with open areas between the left and right atria of the heart, this is an important advancement for those who also experienced a stroke and at risk for additional strokes."

Normally in a developing fetus, the foramen ovale allows oxygenated blood from the placenta to bypass the lungs. This small, flap-like opening typically closes shortly after birth. When this flap remains open, or "patent," it is referred to as a PFO. A PFO can potentially allow dangerous clots to pass from the right side of the heart to the left, travel up to the brain and cause a stroke. The AMPLATZER PFO Occluder is designed to seal the unwanted hole and reduce this risk. Prior to this, many patients were placed on blood-thinning medications for their lives.

It is estimated that twenty-five percent of adults have a PFO, which is often not detected until they have a stroke from an unknown cause, also known as a cryptogenic stroke. Newly released, long-term data from RESPECT, a landmark clinical trial, showed that patients who received the AMPLATZER Occluder had a reduced risk of recurrent stroke by 45% over guideline-directed medical therapy alone.

Placement of the AMPLATZER PFO Occluder is minimally invasive and performed while the patient is sedated but still conscious. Data from the RESPECT trial also show that PFO closure with the device has a low risk of device or procedure-related complications.




Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital well-represented at American Heart Association's 2016 Scientific Sessions New Orleans, LA:

Peter McCullough, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FNKF, FNLA

Peter McCullough, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FNKF, FNLA, cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, chaired a featured session at the American Heart Association reporting results from the National Institutes of Health Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC). Eight NIH funded scientists presented new data on how kidney disease works to worsen cardiovascular disease. From this large study numerous novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets are emerging. Dr. McCullough is the current president of the Cardiorenal Society of America and is widely recognized for his work in cardiorenal interactions at Baylor.


Milton Packer, MD

On November 15th, Milton Packer, MD, Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas presented at the American Heart Association Scientific session. The topic "Early Vasodilator Therapy Not the Answer for Improving Long-term Outcomes After Acute Decompensated Heart Failure" initiated a lot of discussion with the cardiologists attending the conference for more information about this presentation, see more.



Dr. Kristen Tecson

Dr. Kristen Tecson presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in New Orleans, LA, on behalf of Baylor scientists the first results of a grant funded program on the evaluation of kidney injury after catheterization and cardiac surgery. Kidney injury is a leading cause of complications for cardiac patients and Baylor is on the forefront of strategies to mitigate this problem and thus enable better outcomes. Citation: Tecson KM, Hamman BL, Choi JW, Garg P, Olugbode OA, Schussler JM, Stoler RC, Vasudevan A, Velasco CE, McCullough PA. Abstract 15609: The Effect of Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury in High Risk Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery. Circulation. 2016;134(Suppl 1).




SWorld Heart Day

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Celebrates World Heart Day

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital celebrated World Heart Federation's World Heart Day on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Employees on the medical staff posted photos and heart-healthy tips to social media to raise awareness for heart health. Chief of Cardiology, Kevin Wheelan, MD, also participated in an interview with KXAS-TV on the correlation between alcohol and A-Fib.

World Heart Day is the World Heart Federation's largest platform for raising awareness for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America. They want everyone to power their lives by taking simple steps to improve their heart health and overall well-being: eating healthier, reducing alcohol consumption, and stopping smoking.
Watch the interview




Skip Vish, Nancy Vish and Victoria Vish

President and Chief Nursing Officer for Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital named by the Dallas Business Journal as North Texas Women in Business Honoree

Congratulations to Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, President and Chief Nursing Officer for Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, for being honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the North Texas Women in Business honorees for 2016. The Dallas Business Journal's ninth annual Women in Business Awards, held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Irving Convention Center, honored 30 North Texas' most influential business women. Women from every industry and profession were recognized with key criteria being that they are prominent leaders within their respective industries, as well as their organization; plus have demonstrated that they have made a difference in their workplace and community and are blazing trails for other women. In addition to Nancy's various cardiovascular service line leadership positions within Baylor Scott & White Health as well as her involvement with such national organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Heart Association and the United Way, Nancy's commitment to mentoring young professionals in healthcare administration and nursing leadership helped secure her recognition. Please join us in congratulating Nancy Vish on this award.

Nancy Vish pictured at the Dallas Business Journal's Women in Business awards with husband, Skip Vish and daughter, Victoria Vish.




400th TAVR patient, Stephanie Luna

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Performs 400th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, together with cardiologists on the medical staff and the Center for Valve Disorders team, is celebrating a key milestone for the facility: the 400th TAVR patient.

Stephanie Luna, with her TAVR team cardiologist on the medical staff
at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, Ravi Vallabhan, MD.
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New Cardiac Stent Now Available: First Absorbable Stent Placed in Dallas

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital's involvement in clinical trial now moves to commercial availability for Absorb stent

A new stent is commercially available to heart patients who suffer from coronary artery disease. This technologically innovative device, called Absorb, has been in clinical trial stage for the past two years at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital under the direction of primary investigator, James W. Choi, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. This week, the Absorb stent moved into greater widespread availability with the first Dallas Absorb stent implant occurring at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital by Jeffrey Schussler, MD, Medical Director of Critical Care Cardiology/CVICU and an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. More news to be posted on this topic as it becomes available.




Baylor Dallas Physicians McCullough and Szerlip Elected to National Leadership Positions

Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FNKF, FNLA, Chief of Cardiovascular Research and Education for Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute and Medical Director for Baylor University Medical Center's Cardiology Fellowship Program, as well as Vice Chief of Internal Medicine together with Harold Szerlip, MD, Chief of Nephrology at Baylor University Medical Center were elected to advance as officers in the Cardiorenal Society of America. Dr. McCullough will serve as President and Dr. Szerlip will serve as Vice President. Both Baylor doctors are founding fellows of the organization which has grown considerably over the last five years. Cardiorenal Society of America brings together caregivers, physicians, and scientists who are working to advance treatments for patients with combined heart and kidney disease. This organization hosts a popular annual scientific meeting and multiple community outreach programs across the United States.




New Larger Heart Valve Clinical Study May Be Option for Some Aortic Stenosis Patients

Medtronic chooses Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital as one of seven sites

The new Medtronic clinical study for the CoreValve® Evolut® R System – the Evolut R 34mm System - launched today at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital with two patients receiving the 34 mm valve as one of seven sites nationwide. This effort is a collaborative effort for Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas with interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who are designated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) team members. The Medtronic and Baylor study is led by Primary Investigators interventional cardiologist, Robert Stoler, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon, Robert Hebeler, MD, who were joined today by TAVR team member cardiothoracic surgeon Albert C. Henry, MD. All are on the medical staff at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center – Dallas.




Fred and Linda Smith

Scrubbing In® — Shock to the heart brings life's rewards

One day in 1994, the doorbell rang at Fred and Linda Smith's home. To their surprise, a familiar police officer's face greeted them with a big smile as he pointed to a red bar pinned to his uniform. That red bar was an award for saving Fred's life after sudden cardiac arrest.
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Peter McCullough, MD selected to Present at Best of Cardiometabolic Health Congress Series

Peter McCullough, MD selected to Present at Best of Cardiometabolic Health Congress Series

Dr. Peter McCullough presented on core topics of secondary prevention after acute coronary syndromes, new advances in the treatment of heart failure, and high risk hypertension at the Best of the Cardiometabolic Health Congress in Atlanta May 7, and Chicago June 18, 2018.

Associated with the Harvard Medical School, Cardiometabolic Health Congress launched in October 2006 in Boston and has grown to be the largest US-based, multidisciplinary conference addressing cardiometabolic disease prevention and its interdependencies through an integrated approach to education. Dr. McCullough has been faculty on numerous occasions at the CMHC in Boston which is held each October and attended by 1,300+ multidisciplinary health professionals seeking real-world solutions to integrate directly into their clinical practices. In 2015, CMHC expanded to include "Best of CMHC" regional meetings held in cities across the US.




Robert Kowal, MD Discusses World's Smallest Pacemaker on RadioMD

Robert Kowal, MD Discusses World's Smallest Pacemaker on RadioMD

Dr. Robert Kowal, Co-Medical Director of Electrophysiology, discusses new pacemaker the size of a nickel, the Micra pacemaker, now available at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital.

Listen to Dr. Kowal




Baylor University Medical Center's Cardiac Surgery Program Earns Top Rating

Baylor Dallas's heart surgery program is ranked among the top three hospitals in Texas for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting, a procedure used to relieve heart disease symptoms.
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Cardiologist Invited to Proctor TAVR in Japan

Cardiologist Invited to Proctor TAVR in Japan

Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Co-Medical Director Cardiology; Medical Director, Catheterization Laboratory at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital received an invitation from hospitals in Japan to proctor Japanese cardiologists and surgeons on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), He also provided inservices to hospital staff on TAVR patient selection and clinic processes related to the development of a comprehensive valve program as established at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital. Throughout the week of May 23rd, Dr. Stoler visited three cities and hospitals including Iwate Medical University Hospital, Kurashiki (Okayama) Central Hospital and Ageo Central General Hospital in Japan.




Baylor Cardiac Rehabilitation Presents to Chinese Medical Conference

Baylor Cardiac Rehabilitation Presents to Chinese Medical Conference

May 2016 – Baylor's Cardiac Rehab team presented at a medical conference in China to an audience of physicians and medical professionals. Topics presented included the heart hospital's cardiac rehab and Return to Work program, patient flow and dietary recommendations, and research-based outcomes.
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William C. Roberts, MD

Renowned Baylor Heart Hospital Cardiologist Recognized with Top Award

William C. Roberts, MD, honored by American College of Cardiology with a Lifetime Achievement Award, prestigious recognition from the American College of Cardiology.
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Peter McCullough, MD Speaks to Cardiologists, Nephrologists at Joint Meeting on Heart and Kidney Disease

Dr. Peter McCullough delivered the keynote address at the Inaugural Cardiorenal Connection Meeting in San Antonio April 16 2016. This meeting is designed to bring cardiologists and nephrologists together to review critical advances for patients who have both heart and kidney disease.




Research Cardiologist Lectures at Cardiovascular Meeting in China

Dr. Peter McCullough was honored as a guest lecturer at the 2016 China Interventional Therapeutics Meeting in Beijing, China. This meeting is modelled after the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meeting in the United States and now draws cardiologists from China, Southeast Asia, and increasing numbers from across the globe.




Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD Discusses Heart Stents with KERA Radio

Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital interventional cardiologist, Dr. Jeffrey M. Schussler, speaks with National Public Radio affiliate station KERA 90.1's host Sam Baker about living with heart stents and helpful tips living with heart stents.
Listen to the interview




Cardiologist Shelley Hall, MD Featured in TV News Story on Patient's Heart Transplant Journey

March 2016 — Cardiologist Shelley Hall, MD and patient Bryan Tyo talk about his artificial heart and heart transplant journey.
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D Magazine Article on Heart Transplantation Highlights Baylor Heart Hospital Doctors

March 2016 — What's it really like to go through the process of a transplant? From the death of the donor, to the small charter flights that bring the organs to those in need. And to the time the new organ jumps back into life.

D Magazine takes an in-depth look at our growing transplantation service line and features the Drs. Shelley Hall and Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski.

Get a peek into the real life heart break, decision making, science and miracles that make up our groundbreaking transplantation program.
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Cardiologist Says Income, Education May Affect Motivation to Exercise for Older Latinos

February 2016 — In his cardiology practice in Dallas, Carlos E. Velasco, M.D., sees first-hand how income and education affect his patients' motivation to exercise. read more




New Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Opens at Baylor Heart Hospital

DALLAS January 13, 2016 — A new center at the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is focused on caring for the rising number of adults with health complications due to congenital heart disease.
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Heart Patient Brings "Listen to Your Heart" Art to Baylor Heart Hospital

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve.

Florence Hawkins-Criss hangs hers in a gallery — complete with images of the electrodes that once monitored its irregular beat.
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Heart Hospital President Nancy Vish Makes National Top Health Care Leaders List

DALLAS December 30, 2015 — President of Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, was named to Becker's Hospital Review as one of the top female leaders for 2015 to know. A list of 130 women are noted on the linked article. According to Becker's, the women have established themselves as key leaders in our industry; navigating an abundance of changes in healthcare throughout their careers. Becker's evaluated leaders on their management and leadership skills, as well as overall career accomplishments.
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Bob Howard Honored as Baylor Heart Hospital Volunteer of the Year

Bob began serving as a volunteer on the 2nd floor guest area in 2014. Quick to learn and having a heart for people, he understood the need for consistent and timely communication to family during their loved one's procedure and time apart. Bob then stepped up to help develop the entire throughput process, working with staff and training additional volunteers who would then serve our families in the 2nd floor guest area. In addition, Bob also serves as one of our Patient and Family Advisors, attending our Service focused council, and providing on-going input to improve care and communication to our patients and families during their healthcare journey.




Heart Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgeon Named a Top Dallas Healthcare Leader

Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Chief of Cardiothoracic Transplantation, and Mechanical Circulatory Support for Baylor University Medical Center and Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program, was featured in the December 2015 issue of D CEO in the article, "The Top Dallas Healthcare Leaders of 2015", distinguishing this year's exceptional executives and healthcare institutions. Dr. Gonzalez-Stawinski has been a part of Baylor for the past three years and has played a key role in the transformation of the transplant program into one of the top transplant programs in the nation. In 2014, the Baylor University Medical Center Heart Transplant Program performed 102 transplants, the second most in the country. Since beginning to do heart transplants for Baylor in late 2012, Dr. Gonzalez-Stawinski and his surgical team have performed over 248 heart transplants. Prior to joining Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Gonzalez-Stawinski practiced at the Cleveland Clinic.
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Cardiologist Milton Packard, MD Joins Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas as Distinguished Scholar

DALLAS December 3, 2015 — Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas announces the appointment of Milton Packer, M.D., as the new Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science. Dr. Packer's recent study findings now published in latest New England Journal of Medicine.
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Baylor Heart Hospital Celebrates Milestone 300th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, together with cardiologists on the medical staff and the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program team, is celebrating a key milestone for the facility: the 300th TAVR patient.
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One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare: Baylor Heart Hospital

October 2015 — Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is a proud recipient of recognition given by Modern Healthcare, a leading health care industry publication, for being one of the best places to work in healthcare. This is the sixth time that Modern Healthcare recognized the hospital. Pictured receiving recognition at the Dinner in Nashville on October 14, 2015 are Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital leadership representatives Julio Perez and Rodney Fuller with Modern Healthcare publisher, Fawn Lopez.


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Baylor Heart Hospital is First in Dallas to Offer New Implantable Heart Device as Alternative to Blood Thinning Drug Therapy

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital has begun offering patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), an irregular heart beat, a new implantable device called WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC.). Approved by the FDA, WATCHMAN LAAC offers patients who have taken or will be taking blood thinners such as Warfarin (commonly known as Coumadin) on a long-term basis an alternative treatment approach. Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is the first cardiac center in Dallas to offer this new approach. James Choi, M.D., director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, has received special training to implant the WATCHMAN device.
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"Smart Pillow" Monitoring Helps Patients Manage Heart Failure Symptoms

Dallas, TX, September 15, 2015 — Today, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, together with cardiologists on the medical staff, deployed a pro-active personalized approach to managing heart failure by launching a new procedure for heart failure patients. Now, CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System, a tiny, implantable device, is available to help certain patients and their physicians closely monitor heart failure symptoms and potentially avoid unnecessary medical visits. The minimally invasive device works together with a home unit and a "smart" pillow to identify increased heart failure symptoms often in the early stages.
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Articles


Daily RX — Cardiologist Explains "Skinny Fat" Term

Central obesity in normal-weight patients linked to higher death risk than in obese patients with normal fat distribution – Local cardiologist, Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT, provides commentary on the "skinny fat" term.
November 9, 2015
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Daily RX — Baylor Heart Hospital Cardiologist Discusses Women and Atrial Fibrillation

Dr. Anumeha Tandon, cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital featured in dailyRX video about women and atrial fibrillation.
September 3, 2015
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Daily RX — On Your Feet for Heart Health

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U.S. News & World Report Rates Baylor Heart Hospital as "High Performing" in Heart Failure Treatment — One of the Top Hospitals in the Country

U.S. News and World Report Announces Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital as high performing in the treatment of heart failure

U.S. News and World Report issued their 2015-16 "Best Hospitals" rankings on Tuesday, July 21. For this list, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. U.S. News also released its annual list of "Best Regional Hospitals." In addition, nine Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals, including the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, were rated in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals for Common Care" ratings in an announcement made recently. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them as high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals nationwide were rated as high performers. Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is listed as "high performing" in the treatment of heart failure.
July 2015
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Daily RX — The Relationship Between Cardiovascular Disease, Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes Risk

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Daily RX — Becker's Hospital Review Names Baylor Heart Hospital to the List of Great Places to Work in Healthcare

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Daily RX — Metabolic Syndrome May be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

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Daily RX — Health Smarts for a Healthier Heart

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Daily RX — Teen E-Cigarette Use Increases, Along with Concerns About Long-Term Side Effects to Cardiovascular Health

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Daily RX — For Diabetes Patients, Reducing Blood Pressure May Also Help Prevent Major Heart Problems

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Daily RX — Study Shows Heart Health, Longevity Were Best for Light and Moderate Joggers

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Daily RX — Testosterone and Men's Heart Health: New Review Offers Additional Data

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Complacency After a Heart Attack Can Be Risky

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Archived Articles

Star-Telegram
Cozy family gatherings and serious conversation
December 25, 2014
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everyday HEALTH
Is There a Heart Disease Gene?
December 8, 2014
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daily RX
Cholesterol-Lowering Rx Recommended for Most Older Patients
November 24, 2014
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Blood Pressure Was Lower in Patients Who Visited Doctor More
October 22, 2014
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Mediterranean Diet May Fight Heart and Diabetes Risks
October 14, 2014
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Heart disease risk and fat storage location varied with race and ethnicity
September 21, 2014
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High-Protein Diet May Keep Blood Pressure Lower
September 17, 2014
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Salt and Blood Pressure Tie May Not Be Completely Clear
September 10, 2014
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Low-Carb Diets Beat Low-Fat for Heart Health,
Weight Loss
September 2, 2014
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New high cholesterol treatment guidelines called for statins more often than old guidelines
August 20, 2014
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Heart Attacks, Survival Rates Increased
August 7, 2014
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Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes
June 1, 2014
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NEWS MEDICAL
Minimally invasive TAVR procedure saves more lives than open-heart surgery, shows study
May 14, 2014
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Heart Failure Patients Need Their Sleep
April 6, 2014
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When Surgery Triggers Kidney Trouble
February 6, 2014
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Making Sense of New Cholesterol Advice
January 30, 2014
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Heart Health Knowledge Lagged Among Hispanics
January 9, 2014
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How Energy Drinks Impact the Heart
December 2, 2013
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Baylor Health Care System Online Newsroom
First in Texas: Abbott's First-In-Class MitraClip? Device Implanted at Dallas Hospital
November 26, 2013
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Baylor Health Care System Online Newsroom
Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Receives Beacon Award of Excellence
November 26, 2013
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Drinking Coffee to Wake Up Blood Vessels
November 20, 2013
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Drinking Linked to Metabolic Syndrome
October 17, 2013
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Does Alogliptin Add to Heart Problems?
October 2, 2013
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Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers
September 13, 2013
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Heart failure patients who see a doctor in first month after hospital stay improve survival odds
August 19, 2013
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The Wall Street Journal
Return to Work Lab featured in The Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
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The Dallas Morning News
Popular radio personality Kidd Kraddock died recently of heart problems. Dr. Jeffrey Schussler discussed the No. 1 risk factor for heart disease in The Dallas Morning News.
July 2013
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The Dallas Morning News
Dr. Shyla High comments on a health issue facing middle aged women: belly fat.
April 2013
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Baylor Health Care System Online Newsroom
Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital opens Center for Valve Disorders
March 2013
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MDNEWS
The Center for Valve Disorders was recently featured in the Dallas-Ft. Worth edition of MD News.
February/March 2013
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The Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., FSCAI, Medical Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital ICU, Baylor University Medical Center, Cardiology, Dallas one of twelve interventional cardiologists selected for emerging leader mentorship program.
February 26, 2013
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Becker's Hospital Review
100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs
January 2013
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MDNEWS
The Heart of North Texas' Cardiac Care
October/November 2012
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The Dallas Morning News
Caution to baseball fans: Tense games can be harmful to your health
October 4, 2012
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Becker's Hospital Review
120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know
October 3, 2012
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Baylor Health Care System Online Newsroom
Baylor Raising Red Flag on Offbeat Hearts
September 2012
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Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings
Paul Arthur Grayburn, MD: an interview by Mina Mecheal Benjamin, MD
July 2012
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Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings
High-intensity track and field training in a cardiac rehabilitation program
January 2012
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Television


WFAA-Channel 8
Your Heart's Rhyrhm: It's Electrifying!
Dr. Wheelan discusses Atrial Fibrillation on Good Morning Texas
August 2016

WFAA-Channel 8
It's Heart Health Month with Baylor Scott & White Health
See Inside the Heart Cath Labs at Baylor Hamilton Heart & Vascular Hospital
February 2016

WFAA-Channel 8
It's Heart Health Month with Baylor Scott & White Health
Experts from Baylor Heart & Vascular Services at Dallas talk about the latest innovations in cardiac surgery.
February 2016

WFAA-Channel 8
Baylor doctor shows heart transplant recipients old hearts
Darrell Horton got a new heart in August. About two months later, he went back for a special doctor's appointment.
October 2015

WFAA-Channel 8
Baylor offers unique rehab to heart attack victims
Randy Baker had a massive heart attack in January. Now, with the help of a Baylor Hospital rehab program, he's getting ready to go back to work.
April 2015

Archived Television

WFAA-Channel 8
What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation & Strokes
Dr. Manish Assar was recently on the Good Morning Texas set to discuss Atrial Fibrillation & May 2014

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Blogs


Scrubbing In® — Skydiver dives into cardiac rehabilitation

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Scrubbing In® — Heart Hospital instructors teach hands-only CPR to SMU students

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Scrubbing In® — Cardiovascular wellness for the new year: mind, body and soul

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Scrubbing In® — Cardiac rehab customized for jet mechanic

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Scrubbing In® — New "disappearing" stent in clinical trials for heart disease

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Scrubbing In® — Irregular heart rhythm: How serious is it?

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Archived Blogs

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
BHVH Named One of Top Hospital's in the Country

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Necessary Conversations About Advanced Directives

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Should Everyone Be On Cholesterol Medicine?

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Dr. Jeffrey Schussler weighs in on the death of radio personality Kidd Kraddick.

Baylor's Return to Work Lab featured by prominent health care communications blog:
Using video to chronicle a firefighter?s bid to regain his job

Innovative treatments offered at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital:
Through the Wrist to Fix the Heart?

Return to Work Lab profiled on Scrubbing In blog:
Baylor's Innovative Return to Work Lab is training industrial athletes to go back to work after a heart related procedure or surgery.

Oklahoman's Resiliency Serves As a Lesson For All:
The recent tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma reminds us all we can be better.

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
Cara East, MD, was featured in a blog post on the DHealthcare Daily blog about the rising awareness of high blood pressure in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital's innovative Return to Work Lab is featured in the D Healthcare Daily blog.

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
A short film about Baylor's Return to Work Lab was screened at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival . You can read more about the Lab and watch the film On Baylor's Scrubbing In blog.

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Rafic Berbarie, MD, tackles the topic of statin use for controlling high cholesterol.

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Is stroke risk higher in pregnant women? Rafic Berbarie, MD, comments.

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
Does obesity protect against congestive heart failure? Rafic Berbarie explains.

Dr. High featured on The Dallas Morning News Blog:
Nancy Churnin, a reporter with The Dallas Morning News, blogs about a story on women and belly fat. In the original story, Dr. Shyla High was a featured expert.

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
Dr. Jeffrey Schussler is one of 12 early-career interventional cardiologists to participate in the 2013-13 Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program.

BHVH featured on scrubbingin Blog:
BHVH is featured in conjunction with the American Heart Association in a Google+ Hangout about the importance of Knowing Your Numbers.

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is one of the top enrollers in the Symplicity trial.

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
Baylor Explores Alternatives to Blood Pressure Medication

BHVH featured on DHealthcare Daily Blog:
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American Heart Association
Ingredient in chocolate may help you think more clearly
How you spend your free time can lower risk for heart disease
Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure
BHVH physicians, Dr. Shyla High and Dr. Jeff Schussler, were recently featured on the American Heart Association blog. Each doctor comments on a recent study released by the AHA.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Tarrant Business
11 North Texas facilities make Modern Healthcare "best places to work" list
Jim Fuquay of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram recently blogged about BHVH being named one of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare.


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Radio


KERA 90.1 FM: Peripheral Artery Disease: Avoiding Associated Pain

July 28, 2014 - Dr. Stephen Hohmann, a vascular surgeon with Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, said peripheral artery disease can be painful, but you can avoid it.
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KERA 90.1 FM: Heart Failure: When the Heart Can't Meet the Body's Needs

May 26, 2014 - Dr. Jeff Schussler, a cardiologist with Baylor Medical Center, says heart failure can be treated, and even avoided.
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KERA 90.1 FM: Heart Health Checkup: Cholesterol

November 21, 2011 - Dr. Jeff Schussler, a cardiologist on staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, talked with KERA morning anchor Sam Baker about cholesterol in light of a recent report by the American Pediatrics Association.
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