Heart & Vascular Expertise at Baptist Memorial

A Heart & Vascular Leader in the Mid-South

When you have a serious heart and vascular condition, or you know you are at risk for a cardiovascular issue, you can feel confident turning to Baptist Memorial Health Care. Baptist is the only health care system in the Mid-South to offer the full spectrum of cardiovascular care, from non-invasive cardiology to heart transplantation. We are here for you.

In addition to this, Baptist is proud to be a leader in cardiovascular technology and expertise. We are the:

  • First in the Mid-South to perform coronary artery bypass surgery
  • First in the Mid-South to perform cardiomyoplasty
  • First in the Mid-South to successfully implant theHeartMate® ventricular assist device
  • First in Memphis to provide a dedicated resuscitation focus pairing early intervention with a response team in a uniform defibrillator operating system (Medical Response Team)
  • First in Tennessee to discharge a patient home on a HeartMate®
  • First in Tennessee to use the HeartMate® ventricular assist device as a destination therapy (alternative to heart transplant)

Baptist has vast expertise in the heart and vascular arena. In fact, we've grown substantially over the years to have a convenient and comprehensive system of cardiovascular services, including our primary facility called the Baptist Heart Institute. Below are additional ways in which Baptist has expanded and grown its heart and vascular expertise:

Partnership with Stern Cardiovascular

In January 2011, Stern Cardiovascular and Baptist Memorial Medical Group, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care, announced a partnership. The partnership allows both Baptist and Stern to provide a full continuum of care to cardiac patients.

Hybrid Vascular Surgery Suite

The hybrid vascular surgical suite, which opened in spring 2011, enhances surgical capability for the benefit of patients. Monitors throughout the room allow the entire surgical team to view patient images in real time, with clarity. Patients spend less time in different procedures, because all diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures can be done in one place.

New Diagnostic Catheterization Lab Opened

When the heart doesn't beat properly, like beating too fast, skipping beats or beating too slow, it may be a heart arrhythmia. The most common form of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AFib), and this is also the most serious. Undiagnosed and untreated AFib can lead to life-threatening health problems, including stroke. Other arrhythmias include atrial flutter, ventricular arrhythmias (tachycardia and fibrillation), bradyarrhythmias, and arrhythmias in children.

City's First Cryoballoon Procedure

Baptist/Stern cardiologist performed the city's first cryoballoon procedure in 2011 with a new technology called ArticFront Cardiac CryoAblation. The new procedure is used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). The minimally invasive procedure blocks the conduction of atrial fibrillation in cardiac tissue using a coolant delivered through a catheter. The cooling makes the catheter more stable, providing more efficient therapy for the patient.

First to Offer Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System

In 2011, Baptist Memphis/Stern cardiologists first in Mid-South to offer Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System allowing patients with pacemakers to receive MRIs.

First to Perform the Medtronic Convergent Maze Procedure

In 2012, Baptist Memphis/Stern was the first in the nation to perform the Medtronic Convergent Maze procedure, putting Baptist at the cutting-edge of atrial fibrillation (AFib) technology and treatment. Combining the newly FDA-approved 'Cryoballoon' technology in the Convergent Procedure provides patients with the most current and innovative treatment option available to potentially improve care, decrease recovery times and get patients back to enjoying a better quality of life.

First Surgery with the Edwards SAPIEN TAVR Technology

In 2012, physicians at Baptist performed the area's first surgery with the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve technology (TAVR) for inoperable patients with aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a progressive disease that affects the aortic valve of the heart by restricting proper blood flow. During the procedure, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons replace the damaged valve using a catheter, threading an expandable heart valve up an artery from the groin and adjusting it within the heart. By using a catheter, the doctors are able to perform the necessary procedures without having to perform open heart surgery.

Implanted the First Viva® portfolio, ...

In 2013, Stern physicians at Baptist implanted the first Viva® portfolio, cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillation devices, and the Evera® portfolio of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, which were designed to reduce hospitalizations for patients and to deliver increased longevity and improved comfort. The new devices take after the function of pacemakers. However, they are improved to last longer and to reduce the number of hospital visit for patients.

First to implant the Boston Scientific S-ICD® System

In 2013, Stern physicians at Baptist Memphis are the first in the region and Tennessee to implant the Boston Scientific S-ICD® System, the world's first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

Implanted the First Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor

In 2014, Stern Cardiovascular Foundation doctors implanted the first Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. The Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System is the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients. The Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. The device is part of system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient's heart for up to three years.

Smart Touch Catheter is the First Catheter Approved...

The Smart Touch catheter is the first catheter approved in the U.S. that allows physicians performing atrial fibrillation ablations to have objective measures of the amount of contact force with the heart. This technology is an advance for patients as it shows improved outcomes when compared to traditional catheters.

Heart and Vascular

Learn more about Baptist cardiology services, risk factors for heart disease and more in the Heart and Vascular Frequently Asked Questions.

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