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Heart and vascular surgery

Cardiovascular surgeons work to repair damage done to the heart and blood vessels. Damage can be caused by heart diseases or disorders, including heart failure and congenital heart defects. Surgery is a vital part of treatment for many heart conditions.

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Cardiovascular surgery in Florida

We would prefer it if you never have to have heart surgery, but we know sometimes that isn’t possible, so we offer you highly trained cardiovascular and vascular surgeons. 

So, ideally we can find a nonsurgical solution to whatever is troubling your heart. For example, medication and cardiac rehabilitation are excellent options for many of our patients. We are also good listeners, which helps us develop personalized heart-healthy diet and exercise plans for you. Our primary concern is helping you get healthy while avoiding unnecessary risks and stress. However, when you do need cardiovascular surgery, HCA Florida Physicians' cardiovascular practices are staffed and equipped to offer you the least invasive, most effective options.

Heart conditions we treat with surgery

We offer complete heart care services for all types of cardiovascular conditions and diseases. Part of that includes innovative and advanced technology for cardiac imaging. It also includes heart surgery, which we can use to treat conditions such as:

  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Heart failure
  • Heart disease
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Structural heart problems
  • Vascular problems

Our cardiovascular procedures and surgeries

We offer both traditional open-heart procedures as well as minimally invasive endoscopic and robot-assisted surgical options.

Common heart procedures we perform

Some of the heart surgeries we offer include:

  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery (on- and off-pump)
  • Heart transplant (as part of our comprehensive transplant services)
  • Minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation (AFib) and atrial clipping
  • Mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement
  • Septal myectomy
  • Stent grafting
  • Sternal plating
  • Vascular surgery, including stenting and treatments for aneurysms
  • Vein ablation

Implantable heart devices

There are many types of devices we can offer you that will help your heart stay on track, including:

Pacemakers

These devices monitor and control your heartbeat when your heart's electrical system is not functioning properly. Pacemakers may be single-chamber, dual-chamber or biventricular, depending on which chambers and parts of your heart need support.

Many pacemakers can now also monitor your blood temperature, breathing and other factors to help your heart rate adjust to your activities.

We will monitor the data from your pacemaker and customize it to your needs.

Implantable cardia defibrillators

ICDs are different from permanent pacemakers in that they are specifically used to control life-threatening irregular heartbeats, such as those which may cause sudden cardiac arrest. However, most newer ICDs can function as pacemakers as well.

ICDs can be single- or dual-chamber. They can also deliver low- or high-energy pulses, depending on what your heart needs to correct itself. The shock an ICD delivers to correct this condition is known as defibrillation.

Like a pacemaker, we will monitor your ICD's data and customize it to work best for you and your heart.

Cardiac Catheterization surgical alternatives

One of the approaches we use that brings together innovative technologies with our minimally invasive techniques is cardiac catheterization. This involves the use of a thin, flexible tube (a catheter), and tiny instruments.

Often we can use this approach to diagnose and then quickly treat issues in the heart, sparing you a second trip to the hospital. This is also less traumatic to your body than traditional surgery.

Heart surgeons and specialists

Our heart surgeons are experts in their fields, but they don't do it alone. They work with whole teams of other specialists. Together, they ensure every aspect of your health, from diagnosis through recovery, is taken care of with careful attention to your unique needs.

Some of these cardiovascular team members include:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac nurses
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiac rehabilitation professionals
  • Cardiologists
  • Echocardiography technologists
  • Physician assistants
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists

Cardiovascular surgeon Allan Stewart, MD, discusses aortic valve repair

Hear Dr. Allan Stewart, a heart surgeon at Heart and Vascular Care in Miami-Dade county, explain an aortic valve repair.
Aortic Valve Repair

Cardiovascular surgeon Allan Stewart MD explains mitral valve repair

Hear Dr. Allan Stewart explain what the mitral valve of the heart is, the role it plays in your body, and the benefit of mitral valve repair.
Mitral Valve Repair Surgery