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Cardiologists in Miami

The Heart Center at Mercy Miami Hospital has a comprehensive program for the management and treatment of heart disease, from simple to complex cases. Our specialized cardiovascular team develops an individualized care plan for each patient to maximize his or her heart health.

For more information about our cardiology program and to schedule an appointment, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (305) 285-2929.

Heart care team

Our cardiac program is comprised of experienced, dedicated and compassionate professionals who are committed to providing high-quality care, including:

  • Cardiologists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Internists

Emergency heart care

Every minute matters during a heart attack. Some patients may experience early signs of a heart attack, but knowing the following symptoms and taking early action could be life saving.

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

It is also helpful for patients to take preventive measures against heart disease by understanding their own risk of heart-related illness. Take the risk assessment below to learn more about your current heart health.

Cardiology services and treatments

Mercy is part of the largest cardiac network in South Florida. Our heart center is comprised of a cardiology division, a cardiothoracic surgery division and the Arrhythmia Syncope Center. Our dedicated team is committed to providing the best in heart care, offering services that include:

  • Percutaneous coronary angioplasty—A non-surgical procedure that treats narrowing arteries.
  • Cutting balloon angioplasty—A balloon attached to small blades that move upon balloon inflation, used to dilate vessels.
  • Coronary stenting—A small, metal, mesh tube that is used to expand a coronary artery (blood vessel).
  • Atherectomy—A procedure where a catheter (small tube) is attached to a small blade to remove plaque from a blood vessel.
  • Electrophysiology—A diagnostic test used to measure the electrical activity within the heart.
  • Defibrillators and pacemaker implants—A device that regulates abnormal heart rhythms, which are implanted in the chest.
  • Echocardiography—A diagnostic procedure that uses sound to produce images of the heart.
  • Nuclear cardiology—A type of diagnostic practice that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to evaluate the heart.
  • Coronary ultrasound—A procedure that uses sound waves to view the blood vessels for diagnostic purposes.
  • Cardiac 64-slice CT—A procedure that uses X-ray measurements to create images of organs, including a beating heart.
  • Electrocardiography—A diagnostic procedure that measures electrical activity in the heart.
  • Cardiac stress test—A diagnostic tool where doctors can measure heart performance through increased physical activity, such as being on a treadmill.

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques and imaging guidance. A heart catheterization, or “cath” exam, is a special diagnostic X-ray exam that allows a physician to see if any of the coronary arteries have blockages.

The Cardiovascular Laboratory (CVL) at Mercy is equipped with advanced technology that allows physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Their catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. Benefits of these minimally invasive procedures on the heart and blood vessels include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time and less visible surgical scarring.

The CVL is staffed by a team of experienced cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Our lab is available 24 hours a day to perform procedures such as:

  • Right and left heart catheterization—A procedure where a catheter is inserted into the arteries to diagnose a heart condition.
  • Coronary angiogram—A diagnostic test that uses X-rays to view arteries to detect blockage.
  • Left ventriculograms—A diagnostic imaging test that uses contrast to view the heart to determine function.
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)— A procedure used to treat the narrowing of arteries.

Cardiothoracic surgery

The cardiothoracic surgery division offers an extensive range of cardiovascular services. Cardiothoracic surgeons at Mercy treat patients with cardiac conditions resulting from:

  • Congenital heart defects—Problems with the heart that are presented at birth.
  • Ischemic heart disease—A disease caused by a build up of plaque in the arteries that prevents blood from flowing.
  • Mitral/aortic valve disease—A condition where the valve between the heart and main artery doesn't function properly, leading to restricted blood flow.
  • Aortic aneurysm—A bulge that occurs in the wall of the aorta (main blood artery).

Specialized cardiothoracic treatments

Our team helps patients regain heart health using the following specialized treatments:

  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery—A surgery used to bypass blockages in the arteries while the heart still pumps blood to the body.
  • Transmyocardial revascularization—A procedure used to treat heart disease that is inoperable, usually performed with coronary bypass surgery.
  • Maze procedures for atrial fibrillation—A treatment for atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heartbeat) where a surgeon creates a maze-like pattern of scar tissue on the heart to redirect signals.
  • Endoscopic vein harvesting—A surgical technique used to remove healthy blood vessels from a different part of the body and use them to renew blood flow in the heart.

Heart arrhythmia treatment

For patients who need advanced treatment for an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) that leads to syncope (passing out), specialists at the Arrhythmia and Syncope Center at Mercy provide a wide range of procedures and treatments including:

  • Comprehensive electrophysiology studies—A test used to assess your heart's electrical system.
  • Cardioversions—A procedure that uses electric signals to restore a regular heart rhythm.
  • Flecainide—A class of medications that are used to regulate heartbeat.
  • Loop recorder—A small, implantable device that is used to monitor the heart.
  • Atrial fibrillation ablation—A procedure used to treat an irregular heartbeat by scarring tissue to redirect or disrupt heart signals.
  • Atrioventricular (AV) node ablation—A procedure where a doctor directs heat energy to heart pathways to connect the upper and lower chambers of the heart.
  • Cardiac implants—Devices that are implanted, such as a pacemaker, to regulate the heart.

Echocardiography Laboratory

Our Echocardiography Laboratory offers advanced imaging and diagnostics for heart care and is equipped with the latest cardiac ultrasound systems. We offer innovative technology that automates stress echo exams and provides doctors with fast and accurate results.

Specialized procedures performed in the Echocardiography Lab at Mercy include the following:

  • Diagnostic 3D echocardiography—A procedure that uses 3D ultrasound images to view cardiac structure and function.
  • Transesophageal echocardiography—A diagnostic exam that uses an endoscope (thin tube) to send the ultrasound device down the esophagus to view the heart.