Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. In 2006, according to the CDC, heart disease took the lives of 631,636 people (26% of deaths), which was more than one in every four deaths in the United States.
About 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, which means that many people with heart disease do not act on early warning signs as they should. When it comes to a heart attack, minutes can mean a second chance. Opening the blocked artery and restoring blood flow to the heart quickly can mean the difference between life and death.
In Seminole and West Volusia counties, the ONLY hospital prepared to provide immediate care for every heart attack – even the most deadly – is Central Florida Regional Hospital. Full-service cardiac care means we can perform every cardiac procedure, including angioplasty and open heart surgery, in our Heart Institute. There is no reason to go anywhere else. And that’s critical because saving time can mean saving your life.
Emergency Room Care
Our Chest Pain Center is an Accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, This means we are fully equipped in the emergency department for any type of heart attack including the big one, a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction).
In a STEMI, the coronary artery is completely blocked off by the blood clot, and as a result virtually all the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery starts to die. This type of heart attack can usually be recognized on an electrocardiogram by the elevated ST segment which indicates a large amount of damage to the heart muscle.
Some non-STEMI heart attacks can be treated medically. But when intervention is needed to open a blocked artery and restore blood flow our Cardiac Catheterization team is ready to provide diagnosis and treatment.
STEMI time is the amount of time it takes to reestablish blood flow to the heart from the moment a patient arrives in the ER. The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Joint Commission have established that STEMI time should be 90 minutes or less—and we consistently beat that benchmark.
Open Heart Surgery
Central Florida Regional Hospital is also equipped to perform open heart surgery. We have 12 intensive care beds next to our dedicated Open Heart Surgical Suites. Our doctors have performed more open heart surgeries than any group in Central Florida, and we provide special classes for open heart patients and their families.
Maybe It’s Not The Plumbing
Central Florida Regional Hospital also provides the latest in Electrophysiology treatment options. Electrophysiology is the study of the heart’s electrical system and assists patients with heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmia) to achieve regular heartbeats. Electrophysiologists also determine whether an individual is at high risk for sudden cardiac death. Several methods to diagnose and treat heart rhythm abnormalities:
- EnSite® – 3D electronic mapping system
- ambulatory stress test
- Cardiac ablation – using radiofrequency energy to correct heart arrhythmias.
Prevention and Diagnosis
Of course, the best defense against heart disease is prevention and early intervention. It starts with heart health screenings, such as the Cardiac Risk Profile Screening, followed by educational support, such as the Heart Attack 101 seminar and our Heart Smart Nutrition Class.
In addition, if your physician requires additional information to make a diagnosis, Central Florida Regional Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic services, including:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Transthoracic, transesophageal, and carotid ultrasound
- Cardiac stress testing
- Holter monitoring
To learn more about our award-winning, full-service cardiac care contact the Heart Institute at Central Florida Regional Hospital. Visit us online or call Consult-A-Nurse® at 1-800-445-3392. Serving Seminole and West Volusia Counties, we make your heart health our priority.