The Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute (BHVI) was established in 1993 to promote cardiovascular research and education to prevent and treat heart and vascular disease. Paul A. Grayburn, M.D. is Director of Cardiology Research and is an internationally recognized expert in echocardiography.
As part of the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, BHVI serves as a research and education facility that supports development and implementation of the newest techniques and technologies in cardiovascular care. The Institute is also an important referral center for physicians and consumers seeking information about and access to treatment for cardiovascular disease.
The Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute supports a variety of original research including cardiovascular imaging, advanced cardiovascular surgical options, and robotic surgical procedures. Vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists recently completed participation in a national research trial that studied new technology to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. Cardiologists on the staff at Baylor are studying the advanced technology that continues to revolutionize the treatment of heart disease. Research is also underway on drugs that treat high blood pressure and cholesterol.
The Institute is represented on the Cardiovascular Research Review Committee that oversees the distribution of funding from Baylor Health Care System Foundation's cardiovascular research endowment funds. The Committee assesses the scientific merit of research proposals and awards start-up funds for new projects. Baylor also offers cardiovascular clinical trials that are not generally available elsewhere.
The Institute's classrooms and auditorium spaces are equipped to support echocardiograms, digital images and international video conferences. Real-time communication between the auditorium and catheterization lab allows for remote observations of cardiovascular procedures. Physicians conduct conferences with the cardiology fellows and periodic lectures to cardiology fellows, faculty, nurses and sonographers. The Clinical Library also contains more than 1,000 reference books in the cardiovascular specialty area.
BHVI also hosts more than 80 events each month for the general public, local schools, media, researchers and nursing educators as well as Baylor entities. The SBC Community Resource Center (CRC) is open to the public to provide information on recognizing the signs of heart disease, understanding treatment options and connecting with support groups. The CRC has a print reference library, internet connections and free information brochures.
In 2005, the CRC initiated a major community education program, "Information Rx." The program is co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the American College of Physicians Foundation. It promotes the federal website, Medline Plus, as a repository of health information from the National Library of Medicine.