At the Heart of Our Community
Heart disease is different today. With the benefit of current medical research and technology, more and more heart patients are able to live long and productive lives. That’s why it is so important to have access to top quality care.
If you or a loved one is in need of cardiac care, how do you decide which hospital is best?
We suggest you stick to the facts.
The Heart Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has delivered advanced cardiac care to our community for more than 25 years. We were the first hospital in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery, and have since remained the area’s leading heart hospital, having performed nearly 15,000 open-heart surgeries to date.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been ranked as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and rated in the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals for patient safety. We consistently receive recognition in the area of cardiac care, including:
Cardiac Care Excellence Award* 2010, 2009, 2008
Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award* 2010, 2009, 2008
With a team that consists of: physicians, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacists and more, The Heart Institute takes a multi-disciplinary approach to provide comprehensive cardiac care to our patients. In fact, PBGMC offers our cardiac patients the full continuum of care, from diagnostics to surgical intervention, open heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. All your cardiac needs can be taken care of at one convenient location. And, unlike many other hospitals, we offer dedicated nursing units, staffed with professionals with years of training and experience in cardiology.
The first step in treating cardiovascular disease is the diagnosis. At the Heart Institute, physicians and staff utilize some of the latest technology to offer patients non-invasive diagnoses. Non-invasive testing tools include: nuclear medicine, echocardiograms, ultrasounds and EKGs.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
In the Cath Lab, patients are able to undergo a wide range of both diagnostic and interventional procedures, including: coronary and left ventricular digital angiography, right and left heart catheterization, balloon angioplasty, rotational artherectomy, stent implantation, and thrombectomy. Oftentimes these procedures are able to correct damaged heart vessels or blockages without the patient having to undergo open-heart surgery.
The Heart Institute’s new Cardiac Cath Lab was designed to provide enhanced treatment and faster recovery for our patients. Set up in an open concept, the four catheterization suites complete over 8,000 catheterizations each year. Here, patients have access to the GE Innova 4100, the world’s first large-format, digital, flat panel imaging system. This leading-edge technology offers images so detailed, physicians are able to diagnose and treat their patients with a much higher degree of accuracy. Additionally, patients may benefit due to shorter imaging time, a lower dose of x-ray and a quicker recovery. Our imaging system provides real-time imaging for procedures that require a high degree of precision. The detailed information provided by the system allows Interventional Cardiologists to see clearly inside the patient when guiding delicate medical devices to areas requiring treatment.
Electrophysiology (EP) Lab
The team at the Heart Institute is proud of our newly expanded, 1,585 square-foot Electrophysiology Lab. Equipped with modern technology, this state-of-the-art lab has allowed us to expand the EP services we provide. Today our EP Lab offers patients atrial fibrillation ablations and allows us to treat even very complex arrhythmias here. We are also one of the first hospitals in Florida to offer the CARTO 3 System, one of the most sophisticated 3-D mapping systems available. This system is designed to have improved clarity and shortened procedure times.
When patients require advanced surgical treatment options, the Heart Institute’s highly-skilled team brings to the OR many years of experience. Here, patients are able to undergo valve and vascular surgeries, ventricular restoration to treat congestive heart failure and surgeries that repair congenital heart defects. Our team performs minimally invasive surgeries, as well as off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Off-pump surgeries are performed while the heart is still beating, without the use of the heart-lung bypass machine. While this surgery is more difficult to perform, it may result in fewer complications, a faster recovery and a lesser degree of risk for patients.
Immediately following surgery, patients are admitted to the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit, where they are carefully monitored. When they are ready, patients move to the next level of care, the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit. Here they are cared for by nurses who have received specialized cardiac training, along with a dedicated telemetry educator, physical and respiratory therapists and dietitians.
For the fourth year in a row, PBGMC ranks among the top 5% in the nation for overall cardiac services and is ranked second in Florida for cardiac surgery.
Palm Beach Gardens Heart Institute uses leading-edge technology to deliver quality, comprehensive care to our patients who have diseases of the vascular system— the arteries and veins. Vascular problems involve damaged or diseased blood vessels that may have difficulty providing blood flow throughout the body's blood vessels. There is an entire spectrum of circulatory disorders, including the most common problem, artherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Other causes include: trauma, congenital malformation and diseases of the arteries. Vascular disease involves multiple body systems and may require treatment by internists, radiologists, cardiovascular specialists and more. At Palm Beach Gardens Heart Institute, our team of vascular specialists is able to optimize vascular health using medical therapies, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. These physicians use advanced technologies and procedures, including Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Surgery and Venous Surgery, to treat a wide range of cardiovascular conditions.
One way for heart patients to improve their recovery and move forward with their lives is by participating in a medically-supervised cardiac rehabilitation program. At the Heart Institute, we are proud to have an excellent, program that allows for continuity of care. Here, our team strives to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease by addressing the patient’s physical, mental and social functioning through a program of exercise, nutrition, behavior modification, counseling, and education.
As soon as one week after hospital discharge, many patients begin a 12-week outpatient program that consists of three, one-hour sessions per week. The Rehab Center is supervised by registered nurses with strong cardiac clinical skills, and patients are monitored before, during and after exercise.
Patients who can benefit from our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program include people recovering from:
A doctor referral is required for participation.
Ongoing Patient Support
Heart Failure Education Program
At Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center we feel appropriate education about heart failure is critical, not only for the patient, but also for family members. With this in mind, we have created a free four-week Heart Failure Education Clinic that is designed to teach patients and their families about heart failure. The goal is to promote compliance in self care, thereby improving quality of life!
Our team of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation nurses is ready to educate you on heart failure! To find out more about this program, please call: 561.776.8201. Click here to download the program brochure >>
Heart to Heart Club
The Heart to Heart Club is a support group established to bring heart patients together to share their stories. Members attend this group’s monthly meetings to receive support and understanding from others who have had similar experiences.
Healthy and Hearty Living Seminars
The best way to fight heart disease is with prevention. As a proud member of our community, PBGMC provides our neighbors with this series of community health lectures that promote education and awareness. Topics may include everything from reducing risk factors to heart-healthy eating to new treatment options.
For more information or to find out about upcoming lectures, call: 561.625.5070
PBGMC participates in a wide variety of community events and works closely with the American Heart Association’s local chapters. Throughout the year, we offer screenings that check blood pressure, cholesterol level and blood sugar and present community education programs. For more information, call: 561.625.5070
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Since its opening in 1968, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been proud to deliver quality care to our neighbors in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Along with comprehensive cardiac care, the hospitals’ services include: orthopedics and joint replacement, outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging and 24-hour emergency services.
For more information or a physician referral, please call: 561.625.5070