Cardiovascular services at The Villages Regional Hospital


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The Villages Regional Hospital is growing, with advancements in technology and services. From new equipment, new facilities, expert medical resources and community involvement, the health-care professionals of TVRH are committed to providing the residents of The Villages with state-of-the-art medical tools and the best care available, all just a short golf-cart drive away.

Our cardiovascular services range from intervention to rehabilitation and our approach hinges on personalized care, recognizing that every patient is unique. The cardiologists on our medical staff as well as our dedicated cardiac nurses are from some of the most respected educational institutions and hospitals in the country. Specially trained in the latest and most advanced procedures and diagnostic tools available, they perform procedures with the highest level of clinical efficacy and patient comfort in mind.

Plus, The Villages Regional Hospital is home to one of the country’s first Philip’s Ambient Experience Catheterization Suites designed to provide a significantly improved patient experience for those who undergo heart catheter procedures. In the lab, patients can select scenes that are projected on the ceiling while they recline on the table during procedures. These images combined with coordinated sounds and dramatic lighting create an empowering and relaxing experience for patients. The Ambient Experience room is also specially designed and engineered to improve the working environment for clinical staff, reducing the clutter which can impede workflow and contribute to patient anxiety.

Our pursuit of the latest techniques and therapies is part of our commitment to eliminate heart disease from our patients’ lives. Some of our services include:

Cardiac catheterization
If a patient is having chest pains or a stress test is positive, our cardiologists can insert a small catheter through the femoral artery (groin), radial artery (wrist) or pedal artery (ankle) and inject a small amount of contrast to see if and where the patient has a blockage. Blockage can be repaired without moving the patient from our state-of-the-art catheterization lab. Peripheral interventions inclusive of stent placement in the renal arteries and leg vessels are also offered.

Pacemaker and defibrillator insertions
These lifesaving devices can be inserted into patients at The Villages Regional Hospital’s cath lab. Pacemakers keep the heart beating at a normal rate. If the heart beat drops below 60 beats per minute, the pacemaker helps restore the heart’s normal rate. Defibrillators are pacemakers also, but they have the ability to correct a dangerous rhythm, often caused by scar tissue and arrhythmia. Defibrillators are often used as a preventative measure for patients with weakened hearts.

The Villages Regional Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the region to successfully implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ – the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.

Door-to-open-vessel time
The time is takes to care for a patient having a heart attack is known as ‘door-to-balloon.’ The moment a patient with chest pains arrives at The Villages Regional Hospital ER to the time a stent procedure is underway in the cath lab takes less than 90 minutes, which meets the national standard.

Echocardiography
Echocardiography is an ultrasound examination of your heart. Sound waves create a moving picture of your heart, giving us information about its size and shape, and how well your heart chambers and valves are working. The Echo Lab at TVRH is open seven days a week for inpatient services and Monday through Friday for outpatient services. Our lab offers 3-D Echo (a 30-minute non-invasive procedure), Stress Echo, Transthoracic Echo ‘TEE’ (takes images from the surface of the chest) and Cardioversion (procedure that restores a fast or irregular heartbeat to normal rhythm).

Stress Laboratory
The Stress Lab at The Villages Regional Hospital performs a range of tests that assist cardiologists in the diagnosis and assessment of many forms of heart disease. Testing is performed daily under the supervision of a Nurse Practitioner and studies are interpreted by cardiologists and radiologists with advanced training in nuclear cardiology and cardiac imaging. The lab includes a Chest Pain Center offering nuclear stress tests and treadmill seven days a week.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
At The Villages Regional Hospital, our golf-car accessible Cardiac Rehab program will help you learn about your heart and the important signs, symptoms and risk factors of heart disease. Our highly skilled team will identify specific exercises, including the appropriate intensity, duration and pace that are best for your health. Whatever your level, we will tailor the most effective program for you. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program puts patients on the path to a healthier lifestyle by promoting disease prevention, recovery and independence. Unique and fun exercise classes are all offered on the hospital’s 5th floor for patients post stent placement, post angioplasty and/or post open heart surgery.

Women’s Heart Support Group
Check back soon for more information about the upcoming Women’s Heart Support Group that will be meeting on the 5th floor of The Villages Regional Hospital. This group will focus on educating women with heart disease and providing a network of support and community resources. First meeting date TBA.

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