Staffed with highly skilled cardiovascular specialists, the Florida Hospital Altamonte Cardiac Institute uses proven techniques to diagnose, treat and manage cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America, especially for women. In fact, women are four to six times more likely to die of vascular disease than of breast cancer.
Preventative screening, accurate diagnosis and quick treatment can prevent many deaths attributed to heart disease, along with other conditions that accompany it, like stroke. When a patient arrives in our emergency room, our team works quickly to diagnose heart disease and stop the attack. Our average time from arrival to testing, diagnosis and surgical intervention is 50 to 90 minutes—a quick time frame that saves lives.
Prompt and proper diagnosis is critical to providing patients with the most effective care. Diagnostic and interventional procedures offered include:
- Echocardiography - often referred to by my medical professionals as a cardiac ECHO or simply an ECHO, this diagnostic tool is a sonogram of the heart. Also known as a cardiac ultrasound, it uses standard ultrasound techniques to image two-dimensional slices of the heart.
- EKG or ECG - short for Electrocardiography, this noninvasive test looks as the electrical activity of the heart over time, recorded outside the body through the use of skin electrodes.
- Nuclear imaging - a method of producing images from different parts of the body after a radioactive "tracer" material is given. These tracers are not dyes or medicines and have no side effects; and the amount of radiation a patient receives tends to be very low.
- Stress testing - used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It usually involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty, while electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.
- Peripheral vessel balloon angioplasty - a technique of mechanically widening a narrowed or obstructed blood vessel, typically as a result of atherosclerosis. Tightly folded balloons are passed into the narrowed locations and then inflated. This procedure is typically minimally invasive.
- PCI - is used for patients in need of emergent cardiac care, such as those who suffer a heart attack.
Once a diagnosis is made, our team works to stop the heart attack. Even with this high level of care available, prevention is the best way to stop death from cardiovascular disease. Doctors at Florida Hospital Altamonte work with patients one-on-one to reduce their risk of developing disease and techniques to better manage it. Request an appointment online today to learn about your risks and how to reduce them. We also offer educational seminars to help those in our community to live healthier lives.