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Heart and vascular surgery

If your heart or blood vessels have been damaged — by conditions such as heart failure or congenital heart abnormalities — cardiovascular surgeons work to repair them. They may use traditional surgery or minimally invasive approaches, which can enable a faster recovery for you.

JFK Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute in Palm Beach County

Comprehensive cardiovascular care with a national reputation for excellence

At HCA Florida JFK Hospital, our prestigious team of heart and vascular specialists work together to offer the most advanced treatment options for all types of heart disease. We are committed to staying on the forefront of medical advances and are typically among the first facilities in Florida to perform innovative treatments and techniques.

JFK Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute

JFK Hospital is home to the largest cardiovascular program in Palm Beach County. In collaboration with HCA Healthcare Research Institute, JFK is an active site on investigational device trials for the treatment of structural heart disease, advanced heart failure, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation (Afib). Recognized as America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades, JFK Hospital is home to the largest cardiovascular program in Palm Beach County.

  • 1st hospital in Palm Beach County to perform TAVR, TMVR, LACC and BASILICA procedures
  • Palm Beach County’s only comprehensive heart failure/advanced heart failure and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program
  • Among the top 10 percent of all cardiovascular programs in the country
  • Certified cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • 3.0

    Star Rating
    Highest category of quality by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • 17K+

    Cardiac and vascular
    patients treated

  • 20K+

    Open heart
    procedures performed

  • 2K+

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures performed

  • 700+

    Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) procedures performed

  • 400+

    Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) procedures performed

HCA Florida JFK Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute

Dr. Alex Paya, Chief Medical Officer of HCA Florida JFK Hospital, talks about the hospital's premier Heart and Vascular.

Our cardiovascular services and specialties

Our cardiovascular specialists are among the country’s leading experts in the fields of cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, heart failure, as well as atrial fibrillation management, interventional, endovascular, open heart surgery and more. Many of our physicians were trained at top institutions in the country and are the first to be trained in new techniques and technology.

Our cardiovascular services:

  • Advanced imaging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Medical cardiology
  • Invasive cardiology
  • Valve clinic
  • Electrophysiology and pacing
  • Vascular/endovascular surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation detection, management and ablation
  • Ventricular fibrillation detection and implantable
  • Carotid artery disease including stenting
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Surgical specialties:

  • Coronary revascularization
  • Valve replacement and repair (aortic, mitral and tricuspid)
  • Complex re-operative surgery
  • Video thoracic surgery
  • Complex thoracic lung surgery
  • Minimally invasive lung surgery
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm procedures
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Percutaneous valve surgery
  • Endovascular surgery
  • Beating heart surgery
  • Sternal reconstruction
  • Maze (atrial fibrillation surgery)
  • Mini-Maze
  • Bentall procedure (involves composite graft replacement of aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta)
  • Minimally invasive hybrid procedure for A-Fib
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy surgery (HOCM)
  • Valve-sparing procedures for the aortic root
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve program
  • Aortic valve replacement program

Our cardiovascular program

Cardiac catheterization

As an extension of our cardiology services, our Cath Lab offers a range of minimally invasive procedures. Our interventional cardiologists provide minimally invasive procedures for structural heart diseases and 24/7 STEMI coverage for JFK's Accredited Chest Pain Center.

Our services

  • High-risk PCI patients
  • Transradial approach
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR)
  • Chronic total occlusions (CTO)
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)

The Valve Clinic

Multidisciplinary valve clinic

Our multidisciplinary valve clinic provides assessments and treatment options for patients with complex valve disorders. This includes mitral and aortic valve repair, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), catheter-based interventions, as well as minimally invasive and open surgical interventions.

We are proud to be the first hospital in Palm Beach County to perform innovative structural heart procedures, such as TAVR and TMVR. The team at JFK has performed over 2,000 TAVR procedures.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

TAVR offers a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with aortic stenosis who may be too high risk for traditional heart valve replacement. This procedure involves replacing the damaged aortic valve with a catheter. As a result, it helps increase blood flow and reduce aortic stenosis symptoms. Since our program’s inception in 2012, we have performed over 1,000 TAVR procedures.

Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR)

Minimally invasive option for patients with mitral regurgitation. Unlike surgery, the TMVR procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access the mitral valve with a catheter that is guided through a vein in the leg to reach the heart.

The TMVR device is a small clip attached to your mitral valve. It treats mitral regurgitation by allowing your mitral valve to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow through your heart.

Hybrid procedures

There are numerous options for non-operative candidates with critical aortic stenosis. Hybrid procedures, which combine what might traditionally necessitate multiple operations into one customized procedure, minimize the need for additional procedures, lower morbidities and mortalities and improve patient recovery time. Hybrid procedures offer potentially less invasive solutions and are slowly replacing the conventional surgical approach to aortic disease.

Complex aortic surgical procedures

For more critically ill patients requiring surgery, our complex aortic disease specialists perform expertly complex aortic surgical procedures including:

  • Aortic root reconstruction
  • TAVR
  • TMVR
  • Aortic arch
  • Endovascular stent grafting
  • Hybrid procedures (open/endovascular)

Without therapy, the diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis carries a 50% two-year mortality. We have available treatment for the spectrum of aortic disease.

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Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) and treatment options

Dr. Robert Fishel discusses atrial fibrillation and the advancement in treatment options.

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Our Heart and vascular surgery Locations

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JFK Hospital
5301 S Congress Ave
Atlantis, FL 33462
 (561) 965-7300

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JFK Hospital
5301 S Congress Ave
Atlantis, FL 33462
 (561) 965-7300
Palms West Hospital
13001 Southern Blvd
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
 (561) 798 - 3300

11.6 miles

Northwest Hospital
2801 N State Road 7
Margate, FL 33063
 (954) 974 - 0400

24.2 miles