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Taking good care of your heart can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, or other serious complications.

According to the American Heart Association, 84 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, affecting blood flow throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes or other serious complications.

Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Imaging

The first step toward a healthy heart is to determine the type and extent of cardiovascular disease. Below are procedures used to diagnose heart disease:

  • Electrophysiology: Measures the heart's electrical activity and identifies muscle damage that can cause heart disease.
  • Nuclear Medicine: Uses a small dose of radioactive material to reveal the structure and blood flow within the heart.
  • Non-invasive Imaging: Provide images of the heart muscle, valves, veins and arteries.
  • Cardiac Catheterization: Real-time X-ray images to show the heart’s pumping ability, the health of the valves and arteries, as well as measure blood pressure.
  • Cardiac Stress Test

Heart Failure Care

Occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Different from a heart attack, heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition that prevents the heart from functioning effectively. We provide a comprehensive management program that offers:

  • Medical management using medications
  • Risk-factor management and lifestyle changes
  • Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization procedures such as angioplasty to open blocked arteries
  • Surgery such as implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators

Heart Rhythm Disorders

Also known as an arrhythmia, heart rhythm disorders are characterized by abnormal heart beat - too fast, too slow or uneven. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) or a Holter monitor can be used to record heart activity over a period of time. Our treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle modification and medical management
  • Cardioversion by delivering an electrical shock to the heart
  • Implantable devices placed just under the skin to send electrical signals to the heart to regulate heartbeat. (Pacemaker for slow heartbeat and a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) for fast heartbeat)

Interventional Cardiology

Heart disease can be treated using minimally invasive interventional cardiology techniques that use a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into the arteries. The catheter is guided to the heart to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow. These advanced techniques are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a non-surgical alternative to treat many heart conditions.

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization

  • Angioplasty: A tiny balloon on the end of a catheter is inflated to push plaque against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow.
  • Stent placement: A small mesh tube is placed in an artery to hold it open and improve blood flow.
  • Ablation: A catheter fitted with a tiny electrode eliminates abnormal heart cells that cause arrhythmias.
  • Coronary atherectomy: A catheter fitted with a tiny rotating shaver removes hardened plaque to open a blocked artery.

When open-heart surgery offers the best treatment solution, our board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons perform advanced procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), congenital heart disease repair and valve repair and replacement.

Vascular Medicine

Focuses on conditions and diseases that affect arteries and veins, and impair blood flow, which can contribute to coronary artery disease (heart attack) and stroke. Vascular specialists provide care for conditions such as aneurysm, atherosclerosis, buerger's disease, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary embolism and varicose veins. Our treatment options include:

  • Diagnostic technology
  • Risk-factor management
  • Surgical interventions such as angioplasty, atherectomy and stent placement

Women's Heart Care

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Our heart care professionals provide you with information about your risk factors and ways to prevent development or reduce the progression of heart disease. We provide a full range of treatment and therapies that include:

  • Medications such as statins, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and others.
  • Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques, including angioplasty, stent placement, ablation and coronary atherectomy.
  • Advanced surgical options, including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), congenital heart disease repair, arrhythmia surgeries, valve repairs and aortic aneurysm surgery.
  • Education on heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Although the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort, women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain. The most common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort, which can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. The feeling can either last for more than a few minutes, or can go away and come back.
  • Discomfort or pain in other areas of the upper body, such as in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or vomiting, or lightheadedness.

Men's Heart Care

Men have a greater heart attack risk than women and they experience attacks earlier in life. The good news is that you can lower your risk. Our heart care professionals provide you with information and a range of treatment and therapies to combat heart disease, including:

  • Medications such as statins, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and others.
  • Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques, including angioplasty, stent placement, ablation and coronary atherectomy.
  • Advanced surgical options, including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), congenital heart disease repair, arrhythmia surgeries, valve repairs and aortic aneurysm surgery.
  • Education on heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Men

Symptoms can vary among men - some don't experience chest pain at all. In some cases, symptoms are mild and can come on slowly, so heart attacks are not always easily recognizable. Symptoms often include:

  • Chest discomfort, which can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. The feeling can either last for more than a few minutes, or can go away and come back.
  • Discomfort or pain in other areas of the upper body, such as in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or vomiting, or lightheadedness.

Resources

    Alliance with UF Health Our alliance with UF Health brings a new level of care to Indian River County. Our partnership is designed to strengthen and improve cardiac and stroke emergency services in in our community. This means real-time teleconferencing consultations between physicians, continuing education, and all other levels of hands-on exchange. Patients can expect more accurate, in-depth diagnoses.