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Accreditations and Advanced Technology

Accreditations
Texas Health Fort Worth is designated as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). What does this accreditation mean to you? It means that when you arrive in our emergency services department (ED) with chest pain, we are able to provide you specialized cardiac care within moments of your arrival. Texas Health Fort Worth received this prestigious designation after meeting stringent evaluation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, which included clinical performance in rapid assessment for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with varying degrees of heart disease.

Texas Health Fort Worth is also a designated an Acute Heart Failure Center. The designation, also given by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, signifies that the hospital has met stringent national standards for rapid recognition and comprehensive treatment of heart failure. This best practice model of care leads to better outcomes and reduced hospital visits for heart failure patients, a population known for repeated readmissions. Other Texas Health Fort Worth accreditations include:

  • Primary Stroke Center
  • ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories)


Advanced Technology

Cryoblation
Atrial fibrillation (AF), one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias seen by physician in the US, is a condition that causes the upper chambers of the heart to start and stop erratically. Patients who struggle with AF often have high blood pressure and structural heart disease. If left untreated, AF can cause rapid and irregular heart palpitations as well as lead to both stroke and death.
Texas Health Fort Worth is the first hospital in Tarrant County to offer the Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system, the first and only cryoballoon that is FDA approved to treat drug refractory recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Artic Front® Cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon catheter system to deliver a freezing coolant instead of heat to make circumferential lesions around the pulmonary vein. In contrast to traditional heat-based ablation, the freezing technology significantly reduces the risk of damage to critical structures adjacent to the heart. The procedure allows for trained surgeons to restore normal function to the heart in a safer and more efficient manner.

CV Airstrip
Minutes count when dealing with potentially deadly heart attacks and heart disease. Patients at Texas Health Resources hospitals can now benefit from new technology that helps speed up the process of accurately diagnosing and treating heart attacks.

The new technology, called AirStrip CARDIOLOGYTM, is a wireless system that allows clinicians to access digital electrocardiograms (EKGs) on a smart phone or iPad.

64-slice computed CT
In less than a second, the 64-slice CT scanner can capture 64 pictures of the heart; in five seconds, physicians will be able to capture the motion of a heartbeat; and in five heartbeats, the physician will be provided a three-dimensional view of the heart. The scanner acquires the 64 pictures as thin as credit cards, then the computer reassembles them to create a complete image for diagnosis.

3.0 T MRI
The 3.0 Tesla is the most powerful MRI scanner available to patients today in routine clinical use will specifically benefit neurological and orthopedic patients The scan allows for images of your brain, leg or heart to be viewed with the same precision and clarity that you will see while watching high definition television allowing physicians to identify and diagnose faster and more efficiently. The 3.0 T MRI also allows surgeons to create a surgical map prior to the procedure using the highest definition imaging of the brain, spine, or spinal cord currently available.

Portable X-Ray T
The portable X-ray unit can be operated via wireless technology. This digital state-of-the-art technology provides on-the-spot image transfers from the patient's room to the physicians viewing station, giving them time-sensitive information for more efficient diagnosis and treatment.

 

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