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Cardiovascular care at our Heart Institute on Florida's Treasure Coast

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, our cardiology team has extensive experience with cardiac catheterization. We also use the latest imaging techniques to diagnose heart problems and can treat heart conditions, such as heart attacks and heart disease, with surgery when needed.

To learn more about our cardiology services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9050.

Some patients first become aware of a heart problem at our ER or with a routine checkup at their physician’s office. If your doctor finds signs of heart disease or a similar issue, you may be referred to Lawnwood Heart Institute’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab for diagnostic or therapeutic care.

We also have a Progressive Care Unit, which is a 72-bed telemetry unit featuring a variety of licensed and ancillary staff who specialize in the care of adult cardiac patients.

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab

We perform cardiac catheterization and other procedures in our Cardiac Catheterization Lab to diagnose and/or treat heart conditions. Our lab team includes highly skilled and specially trained cardiologists, radiologists and registered nurses.

We use several types of heart imaging tests, including electrocardiograms and stress tests, to identify heart problems and develop treatment plans. The lab also functions as an operating room where we can perform emergency heart surgeries, transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs) and cardiac device installations.

Heart screening and imaging

At our Cardiac Catheterization Lab, we offer a range of diagnostic services, nursing assessments and labs to identify heart issues and/or to assess your health. Tests we perform include:

  • Electrocardiograms (ECGs): Patients who need heart or vascular care may begin the treatment process with an ECG, which is an electrical tracing of the heart’s conduction system. We order these tests for pre-surgical, pre-radiology and special procedures. The results help us find heart problems you may be experiencing.
  • Echocardiograms: These tests use ultrasound waves to create images of the heart’s chambers and valves. The findings help us diagnose issues and determine how the heart is contracting.
  • Stress tests: We may order a heart stress test to see how well the heart functions during exercise. We use pharmacological stress tests for patients who can’t walk on treadmills. For these individuals, we use medication to mimic the effects of exercise on the heart. The test results help us create an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans: CT scans combine several X-ray measurements to create a detailed image of the heart's interior. We use CT scans to find blockages and identify other cardiac problems.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies: An EP study uses catheters and wire electrodes to build a three-dimensional model of the heart and map electrical activity. The results help us pinpoint abnormal heartbeats and create a treatment plan. Many patients complete an EP study to treat a condition called atrial fibrillation (A-fib), which is a quivering or irregular heartbeat.

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Heart and vascular surgery

If surgery is necessary, our cardiovascular surgeons are highly skilled at performing a range of heart and vascular surgeries. From open-heart surgery to minimally invasive valve replacement, we have the expertise and facilities to surgically treat your condition and return you to good health.

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

Our dedicated operating suites are backed by a state-of-the-art CVICU. The CVICU is staffed by heart specialists who provide the highest possible quality of care and comfort for patients recovering from heart surgeries.