Heart and vascular care in Fort Lauderdale
The Heart and Vascular Institute at Northwest Medical Center has a comprehensive program for the management and treatment of heart disease, from simple to complex cases. Our specialized team helps each patient develop an individualized care plan for their heart health.
For more information about our cardiology program or to schedule an appointment, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 601-8094.
Northwest Medical Center has worked diligently to establish a comprehensive cardiac care program for our patients. The Heart and Vascular Institute is a Cardiac Level II Licensed Program in Broward County, staffed with experienced cardiologists, interventional radiologists, pulmonologists and internists who are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive cardiovascular services.
Emergency heart care
According to the American Heart Association, almost 350,000 Americans each year will experience a heart attack. This is why our heart care team is prepared to provide emergency services for a heart attack, 24 hours a day. Knowing the signs of a heart attack and taking early action could be life saving.
Signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain (angina)
- Chest pressure
- Fluttering in the chest
- Chest heaviness
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Left shoulder or arm pain
- Left jaw pain
- Irregular/racing heartbeat
- Pain between the shoulder blades
If you believe someone is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Our heart and vascular services
The skilled cardiovascular doctors and surgeons at our heart hospital offer a range of services to treat heart conditions and vascular disease, including:
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization
- Emergency percutaneous coronary replacement
- Temporary pacemaker surgery
We offer several leading treatment options to help safely and easily treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) before life-threatening effects can occur.
Some of these advanced minimally invasive techniques include:
- Atrial flutter ablation
- Ventricular-tachycardia (VT) ablation
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablation
Many individuals who have had these procedures enjoy quick recovery and require no further treatment for their AFib.
Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implant
Northwest Medical Center offers patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation an alternative to long-term warfarin medication (blood thinners) - the left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implant.
As a viable alternative to blood thinners, the LAAC implant closes off an area of the heart to keep harmful blood clots from the left atrial appendage from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the left atrial appendage, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.
Implanting the LAAC device is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour. Following the procedure, patients typically need to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. The patients are then taken off warfarin by their cardiologist in about 30 to 45 days.
Advanced cardiology facilities
We want to ensure our expert physicians are able to operate in facilities that enhance their abilities and experiences. That's why we offer specialty cardiac labs to ensure the highest level of patient care.
Cardiac catheterization laboratory
Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques with imaging guidance. A heart catheterization is a special diagnostic X-ray imaging exam that allows your cardiologist to see if any of your coronary arteries have blockages. It also allows them to evaluate the functionality of your heart valves.
Our cardiac catheterization lab is equipped with the latest medical technology and is available 24 hours a day for emergency services. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time typically associated with traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, without the pain of a large incision and less visible surgical scarring.
Our echocardiography laboratory is equipped with the latest cardiac transthoracic (heart-related) and transesophageal (esophagus-related) ultrasound systems. Our advanced technology allows for enhanced imaging resulting in greater accuracy and precision for diagnostics and treatment. Physicians have the capability of viewing images throughout the facility.
Specialized procedures performed in the echocardiography lab include the following:
- Diagnostic 2D echocardiography
- Transesophageal echocardiography
Cardiac electrophysiology is the study of the heart’s electrical system. Electrophysiology applies to any procedure that requires the insertion of an electrode catheter into the heart.
Our electrophysiology lab has state-of the-art technology capable of performing a wide range of procedures, including:
- Atrioventricular (AV) nodal conduction recordings
- Atrial and ventricular pacing/recording
- Comprehensive electrophysiology studies
- Cardiac 3D mapping
- Cardiac ablations and implants