Heart & Vascular in Atlantis

Heart & Vascular in Atlantis

Your organs rely on the function of your heart to get the nutrients they need. Thus, heart and vascular health is important for every individual at every age. At JFK Medical Center, The Heart and Vascular Institute is a proud leader in the field of heart care. Our interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons offer a variety of preventive, diagnostic, and acute care treatments, including electrocardiography, stress testing, cardiac catheterization, and surgical services near Atlantis.

The Basics of Cardiac Catheterization

The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center performs more cardiac catheterization procedures than any other facility in the country. This minimally invasive technique allows your cardiologist to not only visualize and diagnose heart conditions, but often to administer treatment on the spot as well.

  • Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose the cause of chest pain or to perform diagnostic imaging of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart, which are frequently affected by heart disease.
  • During this procedure, your cardiologist will insert a small, flexible catheter into an artery in your lower body; the catheter is threaded through the artery into your heart, and a wire is placed through the catheter into the heart to take measurements. X-ray imaging allows your physician to accurately place the catheter and visualize your heart and arteries.
  • If treatment is necessary, it may be performed during your procedure. At The Heart and Vascular Institute, we are capable of performing temporary pacemaker placement, intra-aortic balloon pump insertion, pericardiocentesis, thrombolytic therapy, angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy onsite during cardiac catheterization in our Cath Lab.

Benefits of TAVR

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a revolutionary new method to treat aortic stenosis, a condition that affects the function of the aortic valve inside the heart. JFK Medical Center is one of a few select U.S. hospitals that have been approved to offer the TAVR procedure to patients in Atlantis; you can find out more about our heart and vascular services by calling (561) 548-4535.

  • Traditional aortic valve replacement requires open-heart surgery. However, not all patients are good candidates for this procedure, particularly patients who are elderly or have other medical conditions that affect surgical candidacy. The TAVR procedure allows patients for whom open-heart surgery is not possible to receive this often life-saving treatment.
  • Studies indicate that patients who undergo TAVR are expected to have longer lifespans and enjoy a higher quality of life than those who manage aortic stenosis via medication.
  • TAVR patients experience shorter recovery times and required hospital stays than those who receive open-heart surgery. Post-operative pain is also typically lower for patients who undergo TAVR.