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Lee Health Heart Institute

Trust Your Heart to Lee Health

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 whose heart program is nationally ranked. 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.

Lee Health Heart Institute in Alliance with Cleveland Clinic

Lee Health Heart Institute Cardiovascular Locations Near You

The Heart Institute incorporates cardiovascular services, cardiology, and cardiothoracic surgery. Locate Lee Health Heart Institute clinics near you for convenient locations including experienced cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and more. Dedicated cardiovascular health to patients located minutes from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Lehigh Acres, Estero, and Bonita Springs.

Heart Institute Quality and Safety

Your Heart, Our Commitment

At The Heart Institute, our unwavering commitment to you, our patients, is reflected in our focus on quality and safety. Our goal is to enhance the quality and safety of your cardiovascular care, offering you access to the best minds in the field while delivering compassionate, expert care in Southwest Florida. We are here to ensure your journey to heart health is marked by trust, excellence, and an unwavering commitment to your well-being.

Heart Institute Quality and Safety

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Complete Cardiac Care from Diagnosis to Recovery

Experience comprehensive cardiac care at the Lee Health Heart Institute. From heart and blood tests to advanced cardiac imaging, artery health, hospital care, and cardiac rehabilitation, we strive to ensure optimal heart health at every stage of your life.

The Commitment to Our Community

No matter where you are in your care journey – diagnosis, treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, Lee Health Heart has everything you need. With a strong commitment to our community, there is no need to go elsewhere for care.

Prevention & Education Resources

Stay ahead of heart problems by educating yourself on risk factors, terminology, support resources, and prevention techniques. Empower yourself with knowledge to safeguard your heart health and lead a healthier life.

Specialized Cardiac Clinics

  • The Heart Valve Center is the first of its kind in SWFL bringing together the expertise of the Shipley Cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists to provide traditional, minimally invasive and transcatheter treatment for valve disease. The highlight of the valve center is the weekly conference where a multidisciplinary panel of experts come together to make recommendations for the management of a patient’s valve disease.

  • This clinic is an outpatient treatment option for cardiac patients with heart failure or volume overload. Lee Health is here to help the community in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, and Bonita Springs.

  • This clinic specializes in cardiac patients recently discharged from the hospital who need to receive follow-up medical care. The Lee Health Heart and Vascular Institute Heart Care Transition team is located in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

  • At the Cardiac Device Clinic, we have a dedicated team of highly specialized staff experts in managing implanted cardiac devices, including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and implantable loop recorders.

  • Our team of leading cardiologists and oncologists collaborate to provide cardiovascular care to patients with cancer who have, or are at risk for, heart disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions By New Patients

Lee Health offers patients a secure, online way to access medical records. Patients can log into MyChart to access results. You also have the ability to go to any hospital and obtain a paper copy of your medical records at the release of medical information desk.  

Yes, you do need a referral for a cardiothoracic surgeon or cardiology specialist.  You cannot make an appointment through MyChart, please call the physicians office to make an appointment. Once you have had your initial appointment, you can make follow up appointments through MyChart.

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.

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.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons generally perform surgery of the heart and chest. Cardiologists work with surgeons to manage patients and determine whether the patient needs surgery. They might also work together to treat irregular heart beat problems.

Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic are committed to excellence through patient care and quality outcomes. Patients will benefit from the opportunities that will be provided through new treatments and therapies and accelerated access to the resources of Cleveland Clinic’s expertise.

Interested in learning more about our cardiovascular program?

Stay up-to-date with the latest insights into cardiovascular discussions through our engaging podcast and informative videos. Discover a wealth of knowledge from our expert cardiologists, covering a wide range of heart health topics. Listen in or watch now below!

Donate to the Lee Health Heart Institute

Because of your philanthropy, we can ensure that every heart in our community has access to state-of-the-art, specialized care for treating and preventing heart disease. Your generous support helps us recruit top-tier cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and nurses, as well as expand and develop quality programs and fund groundbreaking research that will extend and save lives throughout Southwest Florida and beyond.

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