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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.


Cardiologists in Port St. Lucie, Florida

At HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital, we offer diagnostic, treatment and emergency services for cardiovascular conditions and diseases.

Here, we use the latest, state-of-the-art technology and digital imaging equipment. From this technology, our physicians can clearly see inside the body to diagnose cardiovascular conditions and decide how best to treat them. Working together, we do everything we can to help manage your symptoms and treat your condition, ensuring you can live as healthy a life as possible.

Our cardiovascular treatments and services

We offer complete heart care for everything from cardiac trauma to heart disease. Our services include:

Cardiac catheterization

We are home to a cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab) that plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating patients with heart conditions. This includes patients coming to our emergency room (ER) with heart attack symptoms.

We perform the following diagnostic procedures and treatments in our cath lab:

  • Angioplasty: This is a minimally invasive procedure used to widen or open a narrowed or blocked artery. The goal is to restore blood flow by means of inserting a catheter (thin, flexible tube) to the affected artery and expanding a tiny balloon to open it.
  • Diagnostic catheterization: This procedure allows your doctor to insert a catheter into an artery and inject a dye. The doctor watches the dye flow through the arteries on a high-definition video screen to locate any blockages in the arteries.
  • Diagnostic and interventional cath lab: This allows interventional cardiologists to test your heart and the arteries that keep it supplied with blood.
  • Interventional cardiology procedures: These minimally invasive procedures offer advanced treatment for patients with blocked arteries as well as other conditions of the blood vessels and veins that are preventing proper blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Stenting: A stent is a small device that is inserted and left in an artery with the purpose of restoring blood flow and keeping the artery open.

Heart screening and imaging

Our hospital offers a wide range of advanced imaging procedures and tests to evaluate heart function, including:

  • 2D echocardiography: Also referred to as an echo, this is an advanced form of ultrasound that produces images of the heart.
  • Arteriovenous (AV) fistula ultrasound: This type of ultrasound is used in partnership with vein mapping to evaluate an AV fistula for dialysis.
  • Carotid ultrasound: This ultrasound looks at the carotid arteries to assess blood flow to the brain.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): This imaging procedure records the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Stress testing: This test allows a physician to examine how well the heart is performing under pressure. We offer both nuclear stress tests and treadmill stress tests.
  • Transesophageal echo (TEE) test: This advanced form of echocardiography uses an endoscope that is guided into the esophagus to produce a clear image of the heart without interference on the image from the lungs and ribs.
  • Upper and lower arterial ultrasound: This ultrasound looks at the arteries to identify potential narrowing of the arteries.
  • Upper and lower venous ultrasound: This ultrasound looks at the veins to evaluate for vascular blood clots and deficiencies in blood flow.
  • Vein mapping: This process uses ultrasound imaging to map the veins underneath the skin and arm in preparation for AV fistula treatment or cardiac surgery.

Heart attack treatment

Our hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, as designated by the American College of Cardiology. This recognition acknowledges our ability to provide fast, skilled care to incoming heart attack patients. Our emergency department is open 24/7 and is always prepared to provide lifesaving emergency care to patients with heart attack symptoms.

Our doctors and surgeons are also trained in providing prompt treatment for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks. A STEMI heart attack is very serious and involves the full blockage of an artery supplying blood to the heart. Our hospital's cardiovascular specialists provide immediate intervention for incoming STEMI patients through angioplasty and stenting.

Heart disease treatment

It is vital for you to know the signs and symptoms of heart disease and circulatory problems so you can manage your risk for developing heart disease. We can educate you on these things and help you follow a plan to a healthier heart.

Common symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Pain in the chest, arm, shoulder or neck
  • Shortness of breath

Risk factors for developing heart disease include:

  • Being a smoker
  • Gender and age — specifically, women 55 years old and older (or past menopause) and men 45 years old and older are at a higher risk
  • Having a family history of heart disease
  • Having diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having high LDL ("bad") cholesterol
  • Having low HDL ("good") cholesterol

Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled by lifestyle changes. This can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or help prevent your current condition from worsening. Our heart doctors can help you determine if any lifestyle changes may be helpful for improving your heart health.

Structural heart care

When our patients experience heart trauma or structural damage to the heart, we can offer them access to even more specialized, including TAVR, services at our sister facility: HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital. Our two hospitals work closely together to ensure patients receive what they need as fast as possible but are also provided with the best follow-up and recovery care.

Vascular care

The heart, veins and arteries all work together to form the highly complex cardiovascular system. That's why our cardiology program includes care for vascular conditions, such as peripheral vascular disease and critical limb ischemia. Many of our procedures performed in the cath lab are also effective treatments for vascular conditions, such as angioplasty and stenting.

Coordinated cardiovascular care

HCA Healthcare's Care Assure program is committed to ensuring complete follow-up care and discharge planning for you as you get ready to leave the hospital.

Nurse navigation

Our dedicated Care Assure nurse navigator will identify who meets the specified clinical criteria for necessary continued care and will assist you in scheduling aftercare appointments. As part of this program, we will track your ongoing care to make sure you receive the attention you deserve. Our goal is to improve your satisfaction with our services through a long-term relationship.

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