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Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical treatment of the heart and parts of the circulatory system as they relate to the heart. Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the cardiovascular system.

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Heart care center in Ocala

Our highly trained heart and vascular doctors and specialists use effective approaches to help you reach your optimal heart health and lead your healthiest life.

When you choose HCA Florida Ocala Hospital as your heart health partner, you gain access to a complete continuum of heart care. Out comprehensive cardiac services include diagnostic heart screening, treatments (both surgical and nonsurgical) and cardiac rehabilitation. Our highly skilled cardiovascular teams work together with specialists across multiple disciplines to provide you with exceptional cardiovascular care.

Heart health assessment

Understanding your unique heart health is the first step toward a healthier life. Take our free heart health risk assessment below to get started.

Understanding your unique heart health is the first step toward a healthier life. Take our free heart health risk assessment below to get started.

Heart conditions we treat

Whether you have high blood pressure, heart disease or need emergency treatment, we can help. Some of the heart conditions we treat include:

  • Angina
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Vascular conditions

Cardiac treatments we offer

We offer the latest in medical treatments and technology for cardiovascular issues.

Heart screening and imaging

We offer advanced heart screening services to diagnose and detect heart disease and cardiovascular conditions. Some of these screening tests and procedures include cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter monitoring and stress tests.

If you would like more information about our cardiology services, please call us at (352) 401-1427.

Heart attack care

Our network of emergency rooms (ERs) is equipped with some of the most advanced technology to provide lifesaving heart attack care 24/7.

By quickly and consistently applying stringent, proven standards, we are able to produce the best possible outcomes. This results in less damage to the heart and lower hospital readmission rates.

Heart attack symptoms

Education about heart attack symptoms is an important aspect of our heart attack care. Knowing these signs of a heart attack could save a life:

  • Back, jaw or neck pain
  • Chest pain, pressure, tightness or an aching discomfort, lasting for more than a few minutes
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness, sudden lightheadedness or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn, indigestion, nausea or abdominal pain
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath

If you believe your or someone else could be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Early heart attack care (EHAC)

In 1987, Dr. Raymond Bahr founded the EHAC program to spread the message that heart attacks have "beginnings" (signs and symptoms that occur well before the attack. This helps members in our community (that’s you!) recognize the symptoms before a major heart attack occurs and take action. Today, the EHAC course is available entirely online.

What to do if a heart attack occurs

If a heart attack has occurred, you can save a life with two simple steps:

  1. Call 911.
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

This instructional video by the American Heart Association shows you the two simple steps to perform CPR using only your hands.

Heart arrhythmia treatment

Our highly trained electrophysiologists treat various types of heart arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms.

To identify the source of the arrhythmia, our electrophysiologists perform electrophysiology (EP) studies in our dedicated EP Lab. Once the origin of the arrhythmia is located, our team uses treatments, such as cardiac ablation or pacemaker implantation, to restore a normal heart rhythm.

Heart and vascular surgery

When noninvasive treatments cannot improve heart conditions or their symptoms, our cardiologists may recommend heart and vascular surgery. Our cardiovascular surgeons perform a range of surgeries to help you regain your optimal heart health.

Interventional cardiology treatments

Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology focusing on blood flow through arteries in the heart and throughout the body. Our interventional cardiology treatments and procedures use thin, flexible tubes (catheters) to repair narrowed arteries and weakened or damaged blood vessels.

Some of these procedures include:

  • Coronary atherectomy
  • Coronary intervention (stent and balloon)
  • Peripheral angiography and intervention
  • Left ventricular support

Cardiac rehabilitation

We offer inpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs at both HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital. After you undergo a surgical procedure or experience a medical heart event, cardiac rehabilitation can help ensure you have a safe and complete recovery.

We offer an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, and as part of this program, our highly qualified rehabilitation specialists will:

  • Monitor your heart
  • Create customized rehabilitation plans
  • Educate you about heart health topics to help you make more informed lifestyle choices to reduce heart and vascular disease

Additionally, our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation maintenance program, "Take Charge," is offered in an encouraging environment at HCA West Marion Hospital. Here, our team provides an individualized, structured exercise regimen for a nominal fee.

About our cardiac program

From experienced treatment team members to national accreditations, there are many reasons to choose our hospital.

Experienced cardiac care team

Our primary team is comprised of committed cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists and critical care physicians. They collaborate closely with respiratory therapists, rehabilitation and occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers to create an individual care plan for you.


Nationally accredited cardiovascular care

Both hospitals in our network are Accredited Chest Pain Centers. This notable distinction from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) shows we offer fast, specialized emergency heart care that makes a critical difference when minutes count.

In fact, our door-to-balloon times are better than the national standards for treatment times. Additionally, we hold a 4-star rating — the highest possible rating — from the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry, further demonstrating our dedication to providing quality cardiovascular care.

For cardiothoracic surgery, we have earned a distinguished 3-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for our patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places our hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.


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