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Innovative Cardiovascular Therapies

Compassionate Support for Your Spirit

Your heart is more than the most important muscle in your body. It's at the center of everything you love in life, from walking in the park to laughing with family and friends. At AdventHealth Fish Memorial, formerly Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, our cardiac care combines advanced medicine and innovative therapies to make sure you enjoy the things you love for years to come. Our catheterization lab utilizes the latest cardiovascular-treatment equipment, to provide diagnostic and therapeutic (interventional) cardiovascular care.

Our whole-person approach to your health focuses on the needs of your body, mind, and spirit. We deliver it daily, and it's evident in our compassionate care and our commitment to community health. To meet and help you where you live and work, we extend our services beyond the hospital walls. From performing free cardiovascular health screenings to developing outdoor fitness parks, collecting nutritious food for local charities, and hosting physician-led seminars on heart health, we put our whole heart into caring for yours.

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Assessing Your Risks for Heart Conditions

Your heart health is affected by everything from diet and exercise to your family's health history. Some of these factors aren't in your control. But changing what you can will have a big impact on your cardiovascular health. At AdventHealth Fish Memorial, formerly Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, we can asses your risk for heart disease. Some of the factors we'll look at include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Movement and Exercise
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Weight Control
  • Age and Family History

Together, we'll discuss the ways you can reduce your risk of heart attack and other cardiac illnesses. To help us create the best heart care plan for you, we may also conduct risk assessments , including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Risk Assessment
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Vascular Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
Diagnosis Paves the Way to Healing

Knowledge is power when it comes to your heart disease diagnosis, which is why you want relevant, real-time information that takes you from testing to treatment as quickly as possible. As our patient, you'll benefit from rapid diagnostic and testing procedures, including:

  • CT Scans
  • ECGs/EKGs
  • Holter Monitoring
  • MRIs
  • Stress Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Echo Vascular Ultrasound
  • Tilt-Table Testing
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Peripheral Angiography

Our expert cardiologists offer treatments for many heart disorders, including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation and Arrhythmias
  • Chest Pain
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart-Valve Diseases
  • Sports Cardiology Conditions
  • Vascular Diseases
Heart Disease Treatments and Recovery

With your heart, every second counts. That’s why our cardiology department provides the best, fastest, and most accurate heart care, from using 64-slice CT technology that reduces radiation exposure and provides faster and more precise diagnoses to incorporating technologies that allow us to treat you wherever you are within seconds of a cardiac emergency like a heart attack. Throughout your heart disease treatment process, you’ll have access to ongoing heart care programs, including cardiac rehab facilities, nutrition counseling, support groups, and more. When it comes to your heart, you expect the very best. At AdventHealth Fish Memorial, we're committed to delivering it.

Our treatments for cardiovascular disorders include:

  • Bypass Graft Study
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Carotids and Cerebral Arteriograms
  • Interventional Radiology Procedures
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
  • Peripheral Stents and Angioplasty
  • Renal Angiogram and Angioplasty
  • Temporary and Permanent Pacemakers

After your cardiac treatment, we provide rehabilitation that's close to home. The professional licensed therapists at our rehab care clinic lead you one-on-one in recovery sessions that blend physical, speech, and occupational therapies. Lean on us to get better and feel whole again.

Advanced Technology for Improved Health

Average isn't in your vocabulary. It's why you expect the best cardiac care available, and why we're committed to providing it. We do that by using innovative therapies and making sure our hospital is outfitted with equipment that improves safety and outcomes. In 2015, we upgraded our catheterization lab:

  • A hybrid catheterization table supports patients weighing up to 550 pounds and allows our physicians to perform more elaborate procedures.
  • Dynamic Trace computer software enhances our physicians' ability to see intricate vascular details using less time, contrast, and radiation.
  • Hemodynamics allows our cardiologists to measure and monitor the pressure in your heart's chambers and arteries from anywhere.
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is a treatment procedure that unblocks narrowed coronary arteries without performing surgery.
  • Toshiba Infinix Elite, a customizable cardiovascular X-ray imaging system, improves the performance of image-guided procedures such as stents and angioplasties.

Our mission — to extend the healing ministry of Christ and secure a future free of heart disease — is clear, and we advance it every day.

Lifesaving Treatment Right Here: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Because the longer it takes for treatment in a cardiac event, the more heart muscle is lost, we can save time and heart muscle with this interventional treatment.  In fact, cutting treatment time under 90 minutes, according to the American College of Cardiology, saves heart muscle, prevents long term, irreversible damage, and delivers better overall outcomes.

PCI is a treatment procedure that unblocks narrowed coronary arteries without performing surgery. During this procedure, your cardiologist determines the best treatment for your condition. Treatment will vary from patient to patient.

PCI may include one or more of the following treatments:

Balloon catheter angioplasty: During this procedure, the cardiologist inserts a cardiac catheter with a small balloon around it into the coronary artery. The cardiologist then places the balloon in the narrowed area of the artery and expands it with liquid. This pushes the plaque (blockage) to the sides of the artery where it remains. This technique reduces the narrowing in the artery and restores the normal size of the artery. The cardiologist removes the balloon catheter at the end of the procedure.

Stent: The cardiologist places a small, hollow metal (mesh) tube called a "stent" in the artery to keep it open following a balloon angioplasty. The stent prevents constriction or closing of the artery during and after the procedure. Drug-eluting stents are now used. These stents are coated with medication that helps prevent narrowing of the artery.

Transradial Access: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

More than one million cardiac catheterizations are performed in the United States each year.  Some are diagnostic, and others are interventional (angioplasty).  Both procedures start the same, with a need to gain access to a patient’s arteries in order to determine if there is a blockage that may be restricting the flow of blood and where that blockage may be.

In the majority of procedures in the United States, access is made through the femoral artery located in the groin.  Outside the United States, the preferred method in many countries is to go through the radial artery in the wrist (transradial access).  This method is beginning to increase in the U.S., as well.

We believe that transradial access offers many benefits to our patients. To learn more about the transradial access approach, please read the information provided below, including questions you may want to ask your interventional physician on your next visit.

What is transradial access?
Transradial access uses the radial artery, found in the wrist, as an entry point for diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures.

Is transradial access something new?
No. Physicians have been performing transradial procedures for more than 20 years.

How does it compare to transfemoral access?
Both techniques provide viable access options to the physician performing diagnostic and interventional procedures involving the heart.  Once access is made, the procedures that follow are virtually the same.  Each technique has perceived benefits and some limitations.

When a transradial access procedure is selected, patients generally have less acknowledged pain and experience significantly faster ambulation (ability to walk around after the procedure) versus patients treated using femoral access.  Patients undergoing procedures through the groin (transfemoral) generally must lie flat for four-to-six hours post procedure, while a recovery nurse or technician holds pressure on the groin in order to prevent bleeding at the access point. Actual procedure time and procedure costs are considered comparable.

Is one method better than the other?
Femoral access is the most widely used method in the United States.  The primary reason for this is physician habit.  Most physicians in the United States who perform diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures today were trained on this method and lack training or experience with transradial access.  As a result, femoral access is considered their default access strategy.

It is important to note that there are increased patient risks and discomfort associated with femoral access, including:

  • The inability for an operator to gain arterial access through the femoral artery, especially in obese patients or patients with a history of peripheral vascular disease.
  • An increased risk of bleeding complications, especially at the puncture site.  Sometimes this complication is quickly evident. Other times, the bleeding is less obvious (internal).  There is also a documented higher risk of bleeding complications among women than among men.
  • The potential need for transfusions as a result of the bleeding complications.
  • An increased risk of nerve damage.
  • The patient’s need to lie flat for four-to-six hours after the procedure.
  • Greater post-procedure pain.
  • Significantly longer recovery time post procedure.

The radial artery, which is found in the wrist, provides an alternative access point.  Successful use of the radial artery (transradial access) offers some unique advantages, but does require the doctor to learn and become proficient with a different access skill set.  Additionally, the physician needs to consider the potential for vessel spasm that sometimes occurs.  Benefits include:

  • No need to worry about (interrupt) patients who may have received blood thinners prior to transradial access.
  • Virtually no incidence of bleeding complications.
  • Greater access success for obese patients and patients with a history of peripheral vascular disease.
  • Quicker mobility for the patient after the procedure. A patient is able to be mobile almost immediately after the procedure completes.
  • Quicker discharge from the hospital, enabling more procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis.

Can transradial access be utilized 100 percent of the time on all patients?
No. There are some situations where transradial access is not possible and may require the operator to use either a femoral or brachial (elbow) approach.

How do you determine if I am a good candidate for transradial access?
Most patients can be treated transradially.  Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate based on your pulse and type of procedure.

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Breaking down barriers to better heart health. That’s what multidisciplinary care means to us. Our Care Coordinators can connect you to the local nutrition, exercise, and surgical experts who can help you feel better and feel whole as you continue your journey to wellness. From helping with medication management to supporting your rehabilitation progress, our approach to care is simple: We’re here to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.