Expert cardiologists in Inverness, Florida
At Citrus Memorial Hospital, we understand having a healthy heart is critical to leading a healthy life.
Our team of highly skilled cardiologists specializes in comprehensive cardiac care, interventional cardiology, heart and vascular surgery and the treatment of heart abnormalities. We combine advanced technology with patient-focused, customized treatment to maximize your personal cardiovascular health.
To learn more about our cardiology services and procedures, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at any time at (352) 637-3337.
Features of The Heart and Vascular Center at Citrus Memorial Hospital
The Heart and Vascular Center at Citrus Memorial Hospital is at the forefront of advanced heart disease treatment. The Center uses advanced technology to do this in a comforting and welcoming environment. It was designed so our team can meet every heart care need, treatment and procedure.
Some of the features of our Center include:
- Cardiac catheterization lab, which features two high-tech cath suites
- Electrophysiology (EP) lab, where we conduct EP studies to determine the best treatment of your irregular heartbeat or heart arrhythmia
- Cardiovascular operating room for cardiovascular operations
- Cardiovascular intensive care unit, dedicated to the observation and care of open-heart surgery patients
- Cardiovascular progressive care unit for monitoring patients needing telemetry after cardiac catheterization or cardiac surgical procedures
After discharge, many of our patients return to Citrus Memorial Hospital for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation to facilitate a complete and fast recovery.
Interventional cardiology services in Inverness, Florida
We specialize in interventional cardiology. This is a branch of cardiology that focuses on blood flow through arteries in the heart and throughout the body.
In interventional cardiology, non-surgical procedures using catheters are performed to repair narrowed arteries and weakened or damaged blood vessels. These minimally invasive procedures mean shorter recovery times and little to no pain and scarring for you.
Common conditions treated by our interventional cardiologists
The interventional cardiologists at our hospital specialize in the treatment of many conditions relating to the cardiovascular system, including:
- Carotid and other arterial blockages
- Heart attack
- Renal artery stenosis
- Vein abnormalities and disorders
Symptoms of heart disease
The symptoms of arterial blockage, or heart disease, differ based on the location of the blockage within the body. Knowing these symptoms can help lead to early detection and treatment, which can prevent a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.
Symptoms of blood supply blockage can include:
- Chest pain (angina) or tightness in the chest
- Mini stroke
- Numbness, cold feeling or pain in the arms or legs
- Pain in the back, upper abdomen, throat, jaw or neck
- Sudden loss of vision
Diagnostic procedures and imaging
To assess your heart health and identify any cardiovascular conditions, we rely on the accurate, fast results from diagnostic cardiovascular imaging tests and screenings. Some of these include:
Stress test (also called treadmill or exercise stress test)—test monitoring the heart's activity during exercise using electrodes
- Chemical stress test—similar to an exercise test, but a special medicine is administered to increase blood flow to the heart in the same way exercise would
- Nuclear stress test or myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI)—noninvasive test showing how well the blood flows through the heart muscle and how effective the heart muscle is pumping, usually using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or positron emission tomography (PET)
- Stress echocardiography—noninvasive test during which ultrasound images of the heart are taken during exercise to evaluate the amount of blood and oxygen your heart muscle receives during physical activity
- Computed tomography (CT) scan—noninvasive test using X-rays to take pictures of the beating heart from any angle, showing problems in your heart's structure or blood-pumping ability, as well as calcium buildup or other blockages
- Coronary angiogram—special X-ray test in which images are taken as contrast dye fluid is used in the coronary arteries to show how blood flows through the heart, highlighting any blockages
A heart catheterization is the gold standard in diagnosing blockages in arteries and passageways supplying blood to or from the heart.
In some cases, a heart catheterization is performed only after medications fail to improve symptoms of a blockage in blood supply to the heart. Once the results of a heart catheterization are returned to your cardiologist, she or he will determine if a stent is necessary to eliminate current blockages of blood flow to or from your heart.
Stent insertion procedures
Many of the procedural treatments of heart-related conditions involve the insertion of a stent to allow improved blood flow through arteries. A stent is a small tube made of a metal mesh material. It is usually inserted to open a narrowed artery or other passageway within the body for easier blood flow.
During these procedures, your cardiologist or heart surgeon will first insert a catheter into the blocked artery. Next, your doctor will perform a balloon angioplasty to expand the artery. Lastly, she or he will place the stent into the now-open artery. This way, it will remain open, pushing out plaque and allowing improved blood flow.
Heart arrhythmias, abnormal heart rhythms, occur when your heart's electrical system does not function properly. Irregular heartbeats can cause a variety of conditions, including shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness and even a stroke or heart attack. At Citrus Memorial Hospital, our cardiology team uses advanced diagnostic services, medications, techniques and procedures to treat heart arrhythmia conditions, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib).
We are proud to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures as an alternative to open-heart surgery. The TAVR minimally invasive procedure repairs a damaged aortic valve (one of the heart's four chambers) that is too narrow and restricts blood flow, which can lead to heart failure.
TMVR (Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair) is a cutting edge alternative to open-heart valve surgery. It is often recommended to patients with mitral regurgitation who are considered to be high risk for conventional valve repair or replacement surgery. TMVR is a minimally invasive, catheter-based procedure that is often used to treat patients who have previously undergone mitral valve replacement surgery.
Following a cardiac or cardiopulmonary event or procedure, it may be beneficial to participate in our cardiopulmonary rehabilitative program to ensure a full and fast recovery.
We have the only cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program in Citrus County. Our trained specialists provide the cardiac and/or respiratory rehabilitative therapies you need to get back to your active life. Specifically, with us you will need fewer and shorter future inpatient visits.
Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device insertion
This procedure reduces the risk of stroke for patients with AFib and helps eliminate the need for long-term blood thinner usage. A device is implanted into the left atrial appendage, which is believed to be the main source of stroke-causing clots in patients with AFib.