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Heart Procedures

The Baptist Heart Institute offers a variety of procedures to treat heart disease and conditions.

Atrial Fibrillation

New cure for a silent killer

Baptist now offers a breakthrough procedure for patients with chronic atrial fibrillation - known as the "silent killer" because there was no reliable way to anticipate heart failure.

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's valves quiver instead of pumping effectively, causing blood to pool and increasing the risk of stroke.

More than 20 percent of strokes are caused by this disease, according to the American Heart Association. And the strokes are usually more debilitating due to the larger size of the clots. The new procedure, called "convergence," is minimally invasive and eliminates the need for open-heart surgery.

For more information about this groundbreaking procedure, please call Dr. Ed Garrett at 901-747-1262.

Cardiovascular Brachytherapy

This heart procedure, a nonsurgical alternative to bypass surgery, treats blood vessels that reclog after balloon angioplasty and stent placement. Research trials have shown that the use of very small doses of radiation delivered directly to the clogged stent site significantly decreases the need for additional procedures. Cardiovascular brachytherapy adds only 10 minutes to angioplasty, and no radiation remains in the body. Baptist Memphis employs a team approach. In addition to the interventional cardiologist and cath lab staff, the team includes a radiation physicist who monitors the safety and accurate calculation of the radiation dose, as well as a radiation oncologist who delivers the radiation.

Cardiovascular Brachytherapy Highlights

  • Beta radiation penetrates just a few millimeters into body tissues, resulting in minimal radiation exposure to the treatment site and no exposure to healthy tissue.
  • The radiation source remains in the body only three to five minutes and is completely withdrawn when the treatment is complete.
  • The procedure takes only about 10 minutes longer than angioplasty.
  • Cardiovascular brachytherapy has been shown to reduce the incidence of reclogging by 66 percent, with an overall 34 percent reduction in the need for additional procedures.

Heart Catheterization

The Baptist Ambulatory Centre, located within the Baptist Heart Institute on the Baptist Memphis campus, is the entry point for all patients coming to the hospital for heart catheterizations. Patients will check in and complete admissions paperwork in the Baptist Ambulatory Centre and go from there to the pre/post-cath unit located on the concourse level of the Heart Institute.

One family member may accompany patients to the pre/post-cath unit to receive updates during the cath procedure. Once the procedure is completed, the patient will return to the pre/post cath unit for recovery. Patients’ physicians will determine if patients may be discharged home or remain in the hospital overnight.

Family or friends who want to talk with a patient’s family may contact the Baptist Ambulatory Centre at 901-226-1900.


Computer-controlled magnetic catheterization available at the Baptist Heart Institute.

The same magnets that can entertain children for hours are being used to navigate the heart, thanks to a new technology called Stereotaxis. The Baptist Heart Institute at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis is the only Mid-South facility that offers this new technology, used in catheter-based cardiac procedures.

Using Stereotaxis, Baptist physicians are now able to digitally steer the catheter without the manual effort of twisting, turning and pushing — giving them more control and accuracy. Even better, the improved navigation allows physicians to access hard-to-reach areas that were inaccessible before. The result is less strain, faster procedures and recovery, and in some cases, the potential to avoid surgery altogether. Ask your doctor if Stereotaxis is appropriate for you.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

6019 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38120



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