Cardiovascular care in Palm Beach County
The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center is a premier facility for comprehensive cardiovascular care, earning a national reputation for excellence in the process. For over 30 years, our distinguished team of heart and vascular experts have provided cutting-edge cardiovascular services, leading the fight against heart disease.
Our specialists work together to deliver truly comprehensive heart care—from prevention and expert diagnosis to the latest advancements in open-heart surgery.
To learn more about our extensive heart care services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 548-4535.
Full-service heart care
When you choose JFK Medical Center for your cardiac care, you are choosing a heart hospital that is:
- The largest cardiovascular services program in Palm Beach County
- The busiest electrophysiology program in the southeastern U.S.
- The first hospital in Palm Beach County to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
- An Accredited Chest Pain Center
- A Primary Stroke Center
- A participant in over 200 clinical trials, offering cutting-edge treatments and procedures to our patients
Accredited Chest Pain Center
The top-notch care that we provide for patients experiencing a heart attack has earned JFK Medical Center acknowledgement from the American College of Cardiology as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation. After a heart attack patient comes to our hospital, we take every step to provide comprehensive care throughout treatment and recovery.
We also offer advanced AirStrip Cardiology™ technology, which allows our cardiologists to examine patient electrocardiograms (EKGs) while they are en route to our emergency room. This saves critical time in diagnosis and expedites treatment for faster medical intervention when every second counts.
Primary Stroke Center
Our cardiac specialists work with our vascular and neurological care counterparts to provide expert stroke care. JFK Medical Center has been recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, acknowledging our compliance with stringent national standards and superior outcomes for stroke patients.
Heart testing services
Accurate diagnosis is the first step in our continuum of advanced heart care. The right diagnosis sets the foundation for a patient's treatment plan, from prescribed medications to surgery and recovery. We offer a range of cardiac diagnostic imaging and tests at our facility, including:
- Holter monitoring
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and echocardiograms
- Cardiac stress tests
- Electrophysiology studies
- Nuclear imaging technology
Advanced heart failure treatment
Heart failure does not mean your heart has stopped working, just that it no longer works as hard as it should. At JFK Medical Center, our complete heart imaging services aid in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF), and our cardiovascular surgeons offer advanced options for treating the disease.
Heart failure treatment may involve lifestyle changes, management of medication, intravenous therapies and/or surgical treatment. Our surgeons can insert mechanical devices, such as the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), to help the heart pump blood throughout the body
Heart arrhythmia care
Heart arrhythmias, commonly known as irregular heartbeats, are caused by irregularities in the electrical impulses that dictate the heart's rhythm. Many people do not experience symptoms related to a heart arrhythmia, but some patients may feel a fluttering in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting.
JFK Medical Center is home to one of the busiest electrophysiology labs in the region where we offer advanced treatment options for heart arrhythmia conditions, like atrial fibrillation. We offer treatments including cardiac ablation, pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion and the left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) implant.
Heart and vascular surgical care
The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center boasts one of the most extensive cardiovascular surgical programs in Florida. We stay on the cutting-edge of new heart and vascular surgery techniques so we can offer the latest treatments to our patients.
Our surgeons perform a range of valve replacement and repair procedures, coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), cardiac ablations and much more.
JFK Medical Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab), where noninvasive diagnostic exams and minimally invasive heart procedures can be performed. These procedures include:
- Heart catheterization
- Pacemaker insertion
Specialized vascular care
Our cardiovascular specialists provide care for much more than just the heart muscle. We are experts in providing medical intervention for conditions affecting the veins and arteries, including peripheral vascular disease and atherosclerosis.
What is peripheral vascular disease?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to blockages in arteries of the brain, kidneys and legs. PVD is a form of atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, and is a progressive disease process.
Atherosclerosis is caused when fatty substances build up inside the artery walls over time and create a narrowed opening, which restricts proper blood flow. This build up is most likely to occur in the iliac arteries (lower abdomen leading to the legs), the femoral and popliteal arteries (legs), the renal arteries (kidneys) and the carotid arteries (in the neck leading to the brain).
Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease
When organs and muscles in the body receive an insufficient supply of oxygen-rich blood, they starve and alert you to this fact by producing pain. If the blockage occurs in the arteries supplying blood to the legs, the resulting symptom is a cramping pain in the hips, thighs or calf muscle that can limit even casual walking. Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease in the lower extremities include:
- Coldness of the leg and foot
- Paleness of the leg or foot if elevated
- Blue/red discoloration of the foot or toes
- Loss or decreased growth of hair on the legs
- Dry, fragile or shiny-looking skin
- Numbness, tingling or pain in the leg, foot or toes
- Sores that do not heal
Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease in the carotid arteries include:
- Sudden, temporary weakness or numbness of the face, arm and/or leg on one side of the body
- Temporary loss of speech or trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Temporary dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
- Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls
Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease in the renal arteries include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)—consistently higher than 140/90
- Abnormal kidney function blood tests
To properly diagnose peripheral vascular disease, an arteriogram or aortogram may be performed. If the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment options may include a balloon angioplasty, stenting or an atherectomy.
Cardiac rehabilitation program
JFK Medical Center is proud to offer comprehensive heart care, and this extends into recovery. Our cardiac rehabilitation program offers a safe, controlled environment to help your heart begin to recover and rebuild strength. Cardiac rehabilitation commonly involves lifestyle changes, like diet modifications and regular exercise.
All types of heart patients may be referred to our cardiac rehabilitation program. Our rehabilitation specialists are trained to create care plans for patients following a heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular surgery or a heart failure diagnosis.