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Fundraising Priorities - Cardiovascular


The Trina Hidalgo Heart Care Center for Uninsured Patients

NEED: Hundreds of uninsured heart failure patients have nowhere to go upon discharge from the hospital. Their health is at stake and they can’t afford to pay medical bills. The Trina Hidalgo Heart Care Center provides exceptional medical treatment and compassionate care at our outpatient heart clinic. We are unsure of the impact health care reform will have on our patient population and will continue to provide services to people who desperately need the clinic’s services. The Heart Care Center sees over 700 uninsured and Medicaid heart failure and cardiology patients a year. It is the only clinic in Central Florida where low-income heart failure and cardiology patients receive free treatment, medication assistance and access to other community resources.  Countless underserved patients have their lives back because of the care they receive at The Heart Care Center. The Cardiovascular Institute’s readmission rate for advanced heart failure patients within 30 days is 4%, or 6 times less than the national average of 23%. Florida Hospital’s heart clinic is a national model to ensure no heart failure or cardiology patient goes without medical treatment due to inability to pay, and at the same time, reduces readmission rates and health care costs for all.

When You Invest In Our Community’s Underserved Heart Failure Patients We Save Lives!

Women’s Heart Disease Prevention in Partnership with Florida Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Mobile Coach

NEED: Women need to wake up to the threat of heart disease! Only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat. The facts are astonishing. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. It is the #1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 4 die of heart disease.  Countless women like the GE employee have never been screened and go undiagnosed until they end up in the emergency room with a heart attack. Many women don’t have access to health care, underestimate their risk for heart disease, or put everyone’s needs above their own. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood. Florida Hospital is on a mission to help Central Florida women improve their heart health by providing EKG’s via our Women’s Wellness Mobile Coach, whether they are insured or not. Our goal is to screen hundreds of women in 2015, and provide additional tests and treatment to high risk women.

Investing in heart screenings, diagnostics and treatment for uninsured high risk women saves lives.

Innovation in Valve Repair and Replacement – TAVR and MitraClip

NEED: TAVR or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement and MitraClip are two minimally invasive valve procedures at the forefront of emerging valve repair and replacement technologies at Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.  TAVR replaces the aortic valve, restoring the valve to normal function. The new valve can be inserted through an artery access via a small incision in the leg or between the ribs. MitraClip repairs the Mitral Valve to treat Mitral Regurgitation (MR), a condition in which the heart’s mitral valve leaflets do not close tightly. The MitraClip is like a clothes pin which pinches the valve leaflets together, reducing MR, risk of heart attack or heart failure, and improving quality of life.   TAVR and MitraClip valve procedures are in the Research & Development phase and not covered by insurance.

Aging patients with life threatening degenerative valve disease need financial assistance to undergo these innovative surgical procedures. By participating in clinical trials, patients receive life-saving treatment and advance the future of valve technology. Our goal is to do enough TAVR and MitraClip procedures with positive patient outcomes to demonstrate these emerging technologies merit FDA approval and insurance coverage. 

Investing in Emerging Valve Technologies Improves Patient Treatment and Saves Lives!

Cardiovascular Research

NEED: Since 1987 patients recovering from open heart surgery have hugged heart shaped pillows to help stabilize the chest and provide pain relief after surgery.   Today, a cutting edge research project for post-operative cardiac care called The K-Tape Study is underway exclusively at Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute (CVI).  K-Tape or Kinesiology Tape is an elastic sports and fitness tape made in Germany designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief. It is used for athletic injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow.  In CVI’s feasibility study with 100 patients, K-Tape is applied to the neck and back pre-operatively and over the incision and sterile dressing on the sternum post operatively.  Our physician researchers anticipate significant benefits to patients - an increase in chest stability, additional comfort in breathing, and overall improvement in quality of life. In turn, K-Tape also has potential to reduce the length of stay in the hospital, decrease readmission rates, reduce patient pain and the need for narcotics.  This research may establish innovative post-operative care for cardiac patients all over the country, while reducing health care costs for all.  K-Tape may be the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute catalyst for the first new product to go on the market since the Heart Pillow was invented more than 28 years ago!

When You Invest In Innovative Cardiovascular Research, We Save Lives!