Heart & Vascular Institute in Miami
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. As part of the largest cardiac network in South Florida, Kendall Regional Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Institute offers a full-service program for the management and treatment of heart disease, from simple to complex cases.
Our team of experienced cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, intensivists, interventional radiologists, pulmonologists and internists works together to provide our heart patients exceptional, compassionate care using the latest technology and techniques.
To find out more about our cardiovascular services or to make an appointment with a cardiologist, call us at (305) 222-2200.
Heart and vascular conditions we treat
Our skilled heart and vascular specialists treat a wide range of conditions related to cardiovascular disease, including but not limited to:
- Arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib) and bradycardia
- Chest pain (angina) and heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Carotid stenosis
- Cerebral aneurysm
Advanced heart screening and imaging
Our cardiologists perform cardiac testing and imaging to see how your heart is performing as well as to diagnose a heart problem or condition.
Below are just some of the heart diagnostic services and procedures available at Kendall Regional:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
- Echocardiogram, including 3D echocardiography
- Coronary calcium scan
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Peripheral vascular diagnostics
- Nuclear cardiology
- Stress test
Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques with imaging guidance. Catheterization procedures allow physicians to both diagnose and treat a variety of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
The Cardiovascular Laboratory (CVL) at Kendall Regional is equipped with state-of-the-art, modern technology and is staffed by a team of experienced interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, trained registered nurses and cardiovascular technologists. Our lab is available 24 hours a day.
During heart catheterization, a thin, flexible tube is threaded through your blood vessels and into your heart. From a diagnostic standpoint, your cardiologist may use a heart catheterization to:
- Locate any narrowed or clogged arteries in the heart
- Measure blood pressure within the heart
- See how well the heart valves and heart chambers are working
- Check for heart defects
- Evaluate an enlarged heart
- Decide on a treatment plan
While cardiac catheterization is not surgery, it can be used as part of a treatment for heart disease. Heart catheterization procedures performed at Kendall Regional include:
- Cardiac ablation
- Coronary and peripheral angiogram
- Coronary and peripheral angioplasty
- Coronary and peripheral stenting
- Heart biopsy
- Cerebral angiogram
- Cerebral embolization
- Carotid stenting
- Pacemaker, AICD placement
These catheter-based interventions provide the patient many benefits versus traditional surgical approaches, including shorter hospitals stays, less risk, reduced recovery time, smaller incisions and less visible surgical scarring.
Specialized cardiothoracic surgery
The highly trained cardiothoracic surgeons at Kendall Regional offer an extensive range of open-heart surgeries to treat a number of cardiac conditions resulting from heart disease, congenital heart defects, valve disease and aortic aneurysms.
Cardiovascular surgeries we offer include:
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
- Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)
- Maze procedures for atrial fibrillation or flutter
- Endoscopic vein harvesting
- Valve repair and state-of-the-art valve replacement
Heart arrhythmia treatment
Our Electrophysiology (EP) Lab specializes in care and treatment for patients with heart rhythm disorders, also called arrhythmias. Heart arrhythmias occur when your heart beats too quickly, too slowly or irregularly.
Along with comprehensive electrophysiology studies, we perform the following procedures in our EP Lab to care for patients with heart arrhythmias:
- Atrial fibrillation ablations
- Atrioventricular (AV) node ablations
- Cardiac implants, including pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
- Loop recorder
Expert heart attack treatment
Every minute is critical when a patient experiences a heart attack. Because we are committed to providing heart attack patients with the most rapid treatment possible, we've established a "Code STEMI" program, where a specially trained cardiac care team quickly assembles and is ready to treat a patient and perform any interventional procedures the patient needs.
ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a severe type of heart attack in which a clot blocks blood flow to the heart. Our Code STEMI protocols, together with other procedures instituted, have enabled our team to reduce our “door-to-balloon" treatment time. Door-to-balloon time is the time measured from when a heart attack patient enters the ER to the time they are treated with an interventional procedure, such as an angioplasty.
Heart attack symptoms
If you are experiencing the below symptoms, call 911 immediately:
- Pressure, pain or squeezing in your chest
- Pain that radiates to your neck, shoulders or arms
- Sudden lightheadedness or fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained nausea or anxiety
- Breaking out into a cold sweat or feeling clammy
Primary Stroke Center
Stroke is another serious medical condition that requires immediate care. As a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center, we are equipped to provide fast, effective stroke treatment that results in optimal patient outcomes.