Invasive and Noninvasive Heart Care
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of cardiovascular services, from community educational programs that promote health and wellness to treating acute cardiovascular problems.
Our highly trained staff and physicians provide patients with an individualized approach to heart care, including assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation. Cardiologists coordinate care with other members of the healthcare team, including surgery and emergency departments, to help put patients on the road to recovery.
The hospital has been certified by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as an accredited Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
Level One Catheterization Laboratory
The Level One Cath Lab at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center includes:
- STEMI program that provides coronary interventions for patients who may be experiencing a heart attack
- High continuity of care because the same medical professional follows each patient through the entire procedure, including pre-procedure and post-procedure care
- Waiting room and other amenities that are conveniently located near the Cath Lab
- Right and left heart catheterization
- Peripheral angiography
- Nuclear medicine lab
- Stress testing
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Automatic internal cardiac defibrillator
- Loop recorders
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
- Percutaneous peripheral intervention (PPI)
- Interventional radiological procedures
- Treatment of deep vein thrombosis
Treating Heart Rhythm Disorders
Electrophysiology services help diagnose and treat patients with a heart rhythm disorder.
When someone’s heart doesn’t beat normally, doctors use electrophysiology studies (EPS) to find out why. During EPS, doctors insert a thin tube called a catheter into a blood vessel that leads to the heart. A specialized electrode catheter designed for EPS lets them send electrical signals to the heart and record its electrical activity.
EPS test the electrical activity of the heart to find where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. The results can help you and your doctor decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack occurs, in most cases, when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with blood and oxygen becomes completely blocked. The vessel may have become narrowed by the slow buildup of fatty deposits, made up mostly of cholesterol. When a clot occurs in this narrowed vessel, it completely blocks the supply of blood to the heart muscle. That part of the muscle will begin to die if the individual does not immediately seek medical attention.
Lakewood Ranch Earns Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Achievement Award
Lakewood Ranch has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association® for treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Warning Signs of a Possible Heart Attack
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. Occurring with or before chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, unusual fatigue or light-headedness. Treatments are usually most effective when they occur in the early stages of chest pain.