Jacksonville’s leader in heart care
Heart scans to detect risk
A simple heart screening can help you and your doctor better understand your heart health and could help save your life. Talk to a cardiologist to see if a heart screening is right for you. A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Some heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and a family history of heart disease.
Care for AFib and heart rhythm disorders
At Ascension St. Vincent’s, our electrophysiologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Your doctor works with you on a personalized care plan. We provide minimally invasive treatments for AFib, including ablation, cardioversion, WATCHMAN™ and pacemaker ICD lead extraction using a laser system.
Care for heart and valve conditions
Heart valve specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s provide advanced diagnostics, heart valve imaging, and personalized therapeutic and surgical treatments. Whenever possible, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Talk with a heart valve specialist about treatment options that are right for you.
Advanced care for heart failure
Heart specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s diagnose and treat heart failure. Request a first consultation or second opinion. Congestive heart failure is a progressive condition caused by cardiovascular diseases, cancer treatments and inherited conditions. Your doctor delivers a personalized care plan that may include medication, advanced therapeutics and surgical care.
Advanced surgical care for heart conditions
Surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent’s specialize in minimally invasive heart procedures and open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures, including TAVR, MitraClip™ and WATCHMAN™;, may help shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of infection. If open-heart surgery, such as CABG, is recommended, our surgeons have the expertise to provide the advanced heart care you need.
Cardiac rehabilitation specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s work with you to strengthen your heart and lungs and help manage your symptoms. During cardiac rehabilitation, we monitor your heart, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. We also help you cope with stress by providing support to you and your family.
Minimally invasive heart CT imaging with HeartFlow® Analysis
Cardiologists at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida, use HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis to help improve the diagnosis of stable chest pain and coronary artery disease. If your doctor recommends testing, you will receive a standard cardiac CT scan. But if more information is needed, your cardiologist can order a HeartFlow Analysis to better understand specific blockages and how they may affect the blood flow in your heart. This advanced 3D technology helps your doctor avoid unnecessary tests and create a personalized care plan that's right for you.
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When should I talk to a heart doctor?
Getting the right heart care at the right time is critical for your health. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fluttering in your chest, swelling in your legs, dizziness and fatigue are all symptoms of heart disease. When you notice new symptoms, talk to a heart doctor. From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health, to provide heart care that’s right for you. We use a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. If you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. Pay attention to these heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
- Jaw, neck or back pain
- Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath