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Cardiology

Keeping your heart healthy by preventing, evaluating, and treating cardiovascular diseases

The Largest Heart Program in Southwest Florida

An alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the nation’s leader in heart care. Lee Health is raising our level of heart care even higher – while earning the reputation as the region’s most trusted cardiovascular team. Your team.

At Lee Health, you have everything you need to take care of your heart health. Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Lee Health Heart Institute includes primary and specialty care, nationally ranked hospitals, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, cardiac rehabilitation and more—all in a safe and comforting environment. We’re ready to help you stay active, engaged and prepared to enjoy the important things in life.

HealthPark Medical Center has been recognized as a PINC AI™ I Fortune 50 Top Cardiology Hospital™ in the country - and 1 of only 4 hospitals recognized in the state of Florida. Lee Health has a strategic alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, which has been ranked No. 1 for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995. Cleveland Clinic, one of the most trusted names in healthcare in the U.S., elevates medical care in Southwest Florida by opening up possibilities for future collaboration, programs and activities that will enhance the exceptional service Lee Health already provides to our patients.

For more information on Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, visit www.ClevelandClinic.org/heart.

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Lee Health Heart- Everyone in Your Corner

Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center has again been named one of the country’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, joining some of the most elite hospitals in the country that provide top-tier heart care. Learn more here!

Award-Winning Cardiology Services

Your heart works hard, beating an average of 100,000 times a day. That means heart issues can be frightening, life-altering experiences. Our team uses a variety of invasive and non-invasive techniques, backed by the latest technology, to help you heal when seconds count. And since your cardiac health is essential to staying active and happy, we will help you face down challenges and instill long-term healthy habits. Lee Health provides comprehensive treatment options for a wide variety of conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cardiac Care at Lee Health

Any time you have a significant heart or related condition, you may require the attention of a cardiologist. Their skills and training are required for decisions about heart catheterization, balloon angioplasty, heart surgery and other procedures.

Your cardiologist will review your medical history and perform a physical examination which may include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs and blood vessels. While some problems may be diagnosed from this examination, your cardiologist may order an ECG, x-ray or blood tests. In addition, an ambulatory ECG, echocardiogram, exercise test, heart catheterization and/or nuclear imaging may be required.

Interventional cardiologists have additional training that allow them to perform "interventions," meaning they can insert stents, perform angioplasty and other similar procedures.

At each stage of their training, these specialists must pass rigorous exams that test their knowledge and judgment, as well as their ability to provide superior care.

Cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons must first become board-certified in their primary specialty (internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery respectively), and then certified in their subspecialty (cardiology, pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery respectively).

If your cardiology specialist adds F.A.C.C. — Fellow of the American College of Cardiology — to his or her name, it is a sign of significant accomplishment and commitment to a profession, a specialty, and to the provision of the best health care for the patient.

Election to ACC membership is based on training, specialty board certification, scientific and professional accomplishments, length of active participation in a cardiovascular-related field, and peer recognition. Members are expected to conform to high moral and ethical standards.

If your general doctor or cardiologist feels that surgery may be the best treatment for your heart condition and medication alone will not be enough, then you will be referred to a cardiac surgeon for further evaluation. The surgeon will review your medical records and tests, especially the heart catheterization results, if bypass, cardiac valve or heart surgery for a congenital defect is being considered. The cardiac surgeon will then discuss your case with you and your doctors, to give further advice about the risks and benefits of surgery.

Cardiac surgeons perform many operations in our hospitals, including - coronary artery bypass, heart rhythm surgery, valve replacement or repairs, and repairs of complex heart problems present from birth (congenital heart disease). They also are qualified to operate on organs other than the heart, such as the lungs, esophagus and blood vessels.

Lee Health: Advancing in Technology

Lee Health Cardiac Specialists use cutting edge technology and innovation, to ensure that they offer the most advance and least invasive treatment options available for you.

  • Non Surgical Solutions - The WATCHMAN™ Implant

    Supporting non-surgical treatments and alternative procedures to restore health inside and out. The Watchman Procedure helps break the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke. Visit HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers Florida for The Watchman Implant.

  • Robotic Surgery at Lee Health

    Robotic-assisted surgery enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced precision and control.

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Your Trusted Partner Throughout Your Cardiac Care Journey

Lee Health offers compassionate care at every stage of your cardiac treatment journey.

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Lee Health Heart Institute

The Largest Heart Program in Southwest Florida

At Lee Health, you have everything you need to take care of your heart health. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. We’re ready to help you stay active, engaged and prepared to enjoy the important things in life.

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