Cardiologists in Sebring, Florida
Heart disease is the primary cause of death and a main cause of disability in the U.S. Highlands Regional Medical Center seeks to combat that statistic by providing comprehensive, technologically advanced heart care delivered by experienced cardiac professionals. These heart care specialists offer complete cardiac care, from diagnosis and emergency intervention to the latest treatments, preventive education and rehabilitation.
To learn more about our cardiology services, call (863) 385-6101.
Heart and vascular conditions we treat
Our expert heart and vascular specialists treat a wide range of conditions related to cardiovascular disease, including:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Buerger's disease (rare condition causing arm and leg blood vessels to become inflamed)
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Pulmonary embolism
- Varicose veins
Advanced cardiac diagnostic services
The first step toward a healthy heart is to determine the type and extent of cardiovascular disease. We provide technologically advanced heart care, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
To diagnose heart diseases, our experienced cardiologists use a wide range of advanced cardiac procedures, including:
- Electrophysiology studies: electrocardiogram (EKG) and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) measure the heart's electrical activity and identify muscle damage that can cause heart disease
- Nuclear medicine scans: reveals the structure and blood flow within the heart
- Non-invasive imaging technologies: provide images of the heart muscle, valves, veins and arteries
Cardiac catheterization lab
The cardiac cathetorization (cath) lab provides a safe and comfortable environment for both patients and staff. It also to assists physicians in meeting the emergency, preventive and restorative health needs of each patient.
In the cardiac cath lab, the following are performed:
- Left and right heart catheterization: procedure to diagnose or treat certain heart conditions
- Pacemaker implantation: device implanted to manage cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
- Defibrillator implantation (ICD): device implanted to pace the heart and correct life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion: procedure to prevent blood clots created by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from traveling to the lungs
- Diagnostic and interventional peripheral procedures: to open blocked or partially blocked arteries that supply blood to the the head, neck, abdomen and legs
- Angioplasty and stenting: procedure to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels to the heart
- Directional and rotational atherectomy: procedure to remove plaque in blood vessels
- Temporary pacemaker insertion: procedure to help normalize heartbeat pace that has been temporarily out of rhythm
- Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion: procedure that helps the heart pump blood
- Declotting of arteriovenous (AV) fistula: procedure used in dialysis patients to improve or regain blood flow in an irregular vein/artery connection
- Cardioversion (for atrial fibrillation): procedure that sends electrical energy to the heart to restore a normal heart rate and rhythm
What is cardiac catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure in which a catheter (thin tube) is placed into one or more cardiac chambers (heart chambers). This shows three things: the heart’s pumping ability, valve and artery health and blood pressure.
Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Different from a heart attack, heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition that prevents the heart from functioning effectively.
The medical staff who specialize in heart failure at Highlands Regional provide a comprehensive management program, including:
- Medical management medications are used to lower blood pressure, eliminate excess water, prevent clotting, slow heart rate or alter hormones that affect the heart. Our heart specialists develop programs that combine medication and lifestyle changes to effectively manage heart failure.
- Risk-factor management lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eating healthy, controlling blood pressure, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and getting enough rest can help improve heart health and prevent further damage.
- Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques are outpatient procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries.
- Surgery involves experienced cardiac surgeons using advanced technology to deliver state-of-the-art heart failure treatment, including implantable devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Surgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible
Emergency heart care
Our heart care team is prepared to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions—including heart attack—in our emergency room. A dedicated interventionist cardiologist is on call 24/7 at Highlands Regional.
Heart attack symptoms
Knowing the signs of a heart attack and taking action can be lifesaving.
Signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain (angina)
- Chest pressure
- Fluttering in the chest
- Chest heaviness
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Left shoulder or arm pain
- Left jaw pain
- Irregular/racing heartbeat
- Pain between the shoulder blades
Our dedicated vascular care team is equipped with advanced imaging technology to evaluate and diagnose heart and vascular disease in our heart center. If your physician finds a vascular condition that requires treatment, he or she may recommend:
- Risk factor management: diabetes, blood pressure, weight and nutrition control
- Vascular medicine: prevention and treatments for conditions that affect arteries and veins
- Vascular surgery: minimally invasive surgical treatments for
- Aneurysm repair
- Varicose and spider vein treatment
Cardiac rehabilitation is imperative to improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced a heart attack, heart failure or surgery. The experienced physical therapy and rehabilitation team at Highlands Regional offers comprehensive care and is a partner in your journey to a healthier life.