Heart and Vascular Health

Top Hospital for Vascular Surgery

Sacred Heart Hospital gets high marks for our outstanding care of vascular diseases and stroke treatment in Pensacola, Destin and South Walton, FL.

Sacred Heart Regional Stroke Center

For the past three years, Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola has been recognized by a leading healthcare ratings organization as one of America’s 50 best hospitals for vascular surgery. The award recognizes hospitals nationally with a low risk of complications following carotid artery surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).

At the Heart and Vascular Institute at Sacred Heart Pensacola, our specialists and surgeons treat all types of vascular diseases that disrupt healthy blood flow to many parts of the body, including the brain. We are regional leaders in the latest tests and treatments, including minimally invasive procedures that use stents to open the blood flow and remove blockages. We also leg and arm pain due to varicose veins and other circulatory conditions.

In 2017, Sacred Heart Hospital became the first hospital in Northwest Florida and Alabama to offer an innovative new treatment for patients at risk for stroke due to blockages in the carotid arteries of the neck. The minimally invasive procedure for carotid artery disease is called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization or TCAR. It utilizes a system that temporarily reverses blood flow in the artery during the procedure.  Dangerous bits of plaque and blood clots that could dislodge and travel to the brain during the procedure are safely diverted away from the brain and into a filter. At the same time, a tiny mesh tube or stent is inserted to open the carotid artery. 

When blood flow to the brain is blocked, the risk of stroke increases.  Sacred Heart has the region’s only Stroke Center designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. The Center’s staff includes the area’s only board-certified endovascular neurosurgeon and a critical care neurologist. For more information see Sacred Heart Neurology and Neurosurgery services.

At Sacred Heart Hospital, our Interventional Radiology Department offers two types of minimally invasive treatments to reduce cancer-related pain caused by inoperable liver tumors – radiofrequency ablation and chemoembolization. Radiofrequency ablation has also been proven to work on tumors in other organs such as the kidneys, bone, lung and soft tissues. While these procedures do not cure cancer, they are effective in reducing the size of liver tumors - prolonging life and giving patients a better quality of life.


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