Lawnwood Heart Institute
A patient’s experience at the Heart Institute may begin in the emergency department or their physician’s office. If signs or symptoms of heart disease are present, they are referred to our hospital for diagnostic or therapeutic care.
Generally a patient will begin with an ECG (electrocardiogram), which is an electrical tracing of the heart’s conduction system. The test gives the physician indications of any heart problems the patient may be experiencing. Echocardiography is available to help in the diagnosis as well. This test uses ultrasound wave to gain images of the heart’s chambers, valves, and how the heart is contracting.
A stress test may be ordered to show how well the heart functions during exercise. For patients who cannot walk on treadmills, a pharmacological stress test is used. In these instances, the patient is given medication to aid in mimicking the affect of exercise on the heart. Based on the results of these tests, the physician orders the appropriate procedure.
Lawnwood’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which has served the Treasure Coast since 1988, provides the physician with a diagnostic tool to assess whether the patient requires some type of interventional procedure (angioplasty or coronary stent placement.) If one of these interventional approaches will not resolve the problem, the hospital offers open heart surgery services including coronary artery bypass grafting and valvular repair and replacement. Learn more about our Cath Lab.
Patients also benefit from the latest in cardiac surgical procedures such as endoscopic vein harvesting. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeons to obtain veins for bypass through a one-inch incision in the patient’s leg versus the traditional harvesting that required a several inch incision on the leg. This approach provides for less pain and scarring and quicker recovery for our surgical patients.
The Heart Institute’s dedicated operating suites are backed by a state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) which is staffed by specially trained personnel who provide the highest quality care for the patient and comfort to the patient’s family and friends.
Lawnwood’s 5th floor is dedicated to cardiac care. Both the Cardiovascular Step-Down Unit and Cardiac Catheterization Recovery Unit are located in this area with specially trained cardiac nurses caring for our patients.
The pathway back to a healthy lifestyle for open heart patients can be achieved through Lawnwood’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program which offers a wide range of classes and equipment to accommodate a patient’s individual needs.
For information on the medical staff or services provided at the Heart Institute, call our healthcare information and physician referral service, (800) 382-3522, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.