The Heart Center
Backed by the experts at UF Health, our cardiac care team is dedicated to the delivery of superior heart care. You'll find advanced, patient-centered care, the latest treatments and the tools you need to live healthier.
Our cardiologists and cardiac care professionals perform thousands of life-saving procedures each year through interventional and non-invasive techniques. We offer a full range of cardiac-diagnostic services including electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, transthoracic echocardiogram, cardioversion, cardiac stress tests, cardiac monitoring and more.
Plus, we are consistently recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology, delivering a proven level of expertise in advanced cardiac care.
Our interventional cardiologists are specialists who lend their experience and many years of technical expertise to your care. Our combination of patient-centered care and advanced treatment methods leads to a safe and comfortable experience.
UF Health The Villages® Hospital offers a full range of cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures, such as angioplasties, percutaneous coronary intervention and stents (including drug-eluting stents). Our team also implants devices and performs peripheral interventions.
A complete range of cardiac-diagnostic services and tests are offered, including (but not limited to):
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac stents
- Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (AICD)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Electrophysiology (EP) studies
- Stress test
- Transthoracic echocardiogram (echo or TTE)
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Peripheral angioplasty and stent
- Cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation completes the continuum of heart care, offering outpatient monitored exercise and educational programs designed to reduce risk factors for coronary artery disease.
Our program is tailored to the personal interests, needs and abilities of each patient. Cardiac rehabilitation offers a safe and enjoyable way for people with heart disease or those who have had cardiac surgery to improve their cardiovascular fitness, function and knowledge.
To learn more, call 352.751.8556.
Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)*
Remember: When in doubt, call 9-1-1! In this time of COVID-19, many hospitals are experiencing a decrease in the number of patients with symptoms of heart attack or stroke in emergency departments. Experts worry that patients who need critical care are delaying their treatment because of concerns about the pandemic. We encourage patients in our community to pay close attention to heart attack or stroke symptoms, particularly if they have a pre-existing heart condition, and call 911 immediately if they believe they're having a heart attack or stroke.
DID YOU KNOW HEART ATTACKS HAVE BEGINNINGS™?
Like other diseases, heart attacks have early sign and symptoms. These “beginnings” occur in over 50 percent of patients. However, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged. 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—BEFORE HEART DAMAGE OCCURS.
LEARN THE EARLY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
- Excessive fatigue
- Jaw pain
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Feeling of fullness
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE (MEN versus WOMEN)?
- Heart attack symptoms can be different between men and women. Why does it matter? Women are less likely to seek immediate medical care and are more likely to die.
- Men normally feel pain and numbness in the left arm or side of chest, but in women, these symptoms may appear on the right side
- Women may feel completely exhausted, drained, dizzy or nauseous
- Women may feel upper back pain that travels up into their jaw
- Women may think their stomach pain is the flu, heartburn or an ulcer
WHAT ARE ATYPICAL PRESENTATIONS?
In an atypical presentation, the signs and symptoms are different. How? The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest.
Be alert for the following:
- A sharp or “knife-like” pain that occurs with coughing or breathing
- Pain that spreads above the jawbone or into the lower body
- Difficult or labored breathing
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
- These are the general risk factors. Discuss your risk for a heart attack with your doctor.
- Chest pain, pressure, burning, aching or tightness - it may come and go
- A family history of cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Overweight or obese
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Using tobacco products
- Metabolic disease, diabetes or other illnesses
- For women it can also include birth control pills, a history of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or having a low birth weight baby
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT A HEART ATTACK?
- Understand the risk factors and see a doctor for early diagnosis.
- Learn the signs and symptoms. There is a difference in the way heart attacks occur in men and women.
- Be alert for a heart attack in yourself or someone in your vicinity. Becoming an active bystander could save a life!
- When in doubt, call 9-1-1. First responders have the medical technology to quickly save a life.
* Information provided by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Early Heart Attack Care™, and EHAC® are trademarks of the ACC.
Heart Attack Care
During a heart attack, every minute counts. Our facility offers 24-hour interventional cardiology coverage and is designated for EMS transport of patients with a type of suspected heart attack known as a STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction). The Hospital's door-to-open-vessel times (i.e. how long it takes for a cardiac patient to proceed from hospital entrance to catheterization procedure) averages 60 minutes, better than the American College of Cardiology benchmark and national average of 90 minutes or less.