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.