In a cardiac emergency, time is of the essence—and every second counts. Your hospital should have tools and technologies to quickly assess and diagnose your condition and begin effective treatments. At Florida Hospital Waterman, our Heart Center offers superior surgical outcomes and cutting-edge technologies, all within our newly built and redesigned heart center. Whether you’re battling heart disease, stroke, diabetes or another vascular condition, we have you covered. Learn more about the Florida Hospital Waterman Heart Center.
In addition to specialized surgical services, our expert team of cardiologists, nurses and medical staff also provide:
- Stress tests: This is the most widely used test to detect heart disease. In it, patients exercise until they reach a predicted heart rate, and an electrocardiogram is evaluated for changes that may indicate potential cardiovascular problems.
- Echocardiograms: This technique uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart, providing detailed images about the heart’s size and shape, pumping strength, and the location and extent of tissue damage.
- Electrophysiology: Intracardiac electrophysiology studies examine how well the heart’s electrical signals are functioning. This diagnostic test is used to look for abnormal heartbeats or heart rhythms.
- Angioplasty/interventional cardiology: This is a procedure we use to reopen blocked coronary arteries by inserting an inflatable, balloon-like device to a catheter to widen diseased arteries and allow increased blood flow to the heart.
- Cardiac catheterization: For more than two decades Florida Hospital Waterman has been providing heart catheterizations, a technique used to discover if a patient has disease in his or her coronary arteries. This test pinpoints the size and location of fat and calcium deposits that narrow the coronary arteries, and help our experts determine the best course of treatment.
- Peripheral vascular intervention: This is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the plaque in hardened arteries to restore blood flow without the need for surgically opening the arm or leg. The surgeon will use a catheter inserted into the blood vessel through the arm or leg and threaded to the site of the disease to perform this operation.
- Valve replacement and repair: This is a procedure to replace or repair heart valves, which play a vital role in the flow of blood through the heart.
- Customized cardiac rehabilitation: Our expert cardiac team works with rehabilitation specialists to develop a customized medical rehabilitation plan for patients recovering from a heart attack and other forms of heart disease, or those who have undergone surgery to repair heart disease.
Early Heart Attack Care
Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in more than 50% of patients. Recognizing the early warning signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately could save your life. Early symptoms include feeling of fullness, nausea, pain that travels down one or both arms, jaw pain, fatigue, anxiety, chest pressure squeezing or discomfort, chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort, back pain and shortness of breath. Learn more by visiting FHWatermanHeart.com