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Heart and Vascular Center

You might not realize it, but you have one of Florida's best cardiovascular centers right here in Citrus County. With over a decade of experience in providing open-heart surgery, the Citrus Memorial Heart and Vascular Center has evolved into a regional powerhouse.

In fact, Citrus Memorial's heart surgery program has been awarded the highest 3 Star Quality Rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and was named among America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2015 by HealthGrades.

Simply put, we provide the area's best heart attack care. Our team provides an array of treatment options from cardiac catheterization and coronary intervention procedures with drug eluting stents to open blocked arteries that can cause heart attack. We provide pacemaker and defibrillator implants to help correct abnormal heart beats and use advanced peripheral vascular treatments such as renal and femoral artery stenting to help restore normal blood flow to affected areas throughout the body. And, we’re well known for being among the best in the nation for open heart surgery.

Health Grades Americas Best Cardiac Surgery Badge

Radial Heart Catheterization

For those eligible, our Radial Artery cardiac catheterization technique provides a less invasive approach through the wrist to detect and correct blockages in the heart, thereby reducing the chance of complication and providing a faster recovery. Patients often go home within hours of completing this procedure.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

To help reduce the risk and complications associated with more traditional open surgical methods and to promote improved healing that helps speed recovery, we employ minimally invasive abdominal aneurysm surgery to repair weakened areas of the aorta in the abdomen and carotid artery stenting procedures to correct narrowed arteries in the neck that provide blood flow to the brain. We even provide less invasive lung surgery techniques.

Induced Cooling by EMS

Citrus Memorial made headlines a few years ago as we were among the first hospitals in the US to partner with local EMS to offer the revolutionary ICE (Induced Cooling by EMS) program for cardiac arrest patients.

When the heart stops, oxygen is cut off from the brain, causing irreparable damage; but at a lower body temperature, the brain needs less oxygen. So, we don't simply restart the heart - we cool the patient. The process begins with EMS and continues at the Heart and Vascular Center where the patient is induced into a coma and body temperature is lowered to 90 degrees while the patient's heart problems are addressed. Later, after the body is slowly warmed to normal temperature, the patient usually walks away fully recovered

The Center

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab features two high-tech cath suites; our Cardiovascular Operating Room and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit are dedicated to the observation and care of open-heart surgery patients. The Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit is utilized to closely monitor patients needing telemetry after cardiac catheterization or cardiac surgical procedures. After discharge, many of our patients return to Citrus Memorial for Cardiopulmonary Rehab.

In each of these areas, our dedicated and compassionate staff will treat you like family and provide exceptional care to help keep your heart healthy.