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The Heart Institute at Leesburg Regional Medical Center

The Heart Institute at Leesburg Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive, individualized care for patients with a variety of cardiac (heart) and vascular (artery and vein) conditions. We offer the latest minimally invasive diagnostic services and treatments, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation services in a single, convenient location. In fact, our open heart surgery program performs one of the largest volumes of surgeries in the state of Florida each year.

Patients who visit our Heart Institute are able to consult with some of the most experienced physicians in the fields of cardiology and vascular care. Our team includes board-certified cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, and specialized cardiac care nurses. As such, we are well-equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, ranging from coronary artery disease and arrhythmias to heart failure and heart attacks.

Facility

At Leesburg Regional Medical Center, our facility consists of:

  • Cardiovascular surgical suites.
  • Cardiac catheterization laboratories with state-of-the-art digital equipment for percutaneous coronary intervention.
  • A comprehensive electrophysiology lab for diagnosing and treating heart arrhythmias.
  • Cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU).
  • Cardiovascular unit (CVU).
  • Cardiac rehabilitation gym.
  • Waiting rooms providing comfortable accommodations for patients and their families.

Services

The Heart Institute at Leesburg Regional Medical Center is an industry leader with its use of these procedures and technologies:

  • Extensive surgical procedures including: coronary bypass, minimally invasive valve surgery, aortic and thoracic surgery and more.
  • Electrophysiology—ventricular and atrial mapping, ablations.
  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement).
  • Cardiac catheterization.
  • Coronary angioplasty and cutting balloon angioplasty.
  • Intracoronary and intraarterial stent placement.
  • Carotid angiography.
  • Diagnostic renal angiography and renal stent placement.
  • Peripheral angiography, angioplasty, atherectomy and stent placement.
  • Inferior vena cava filter insertion and placement.
  • Pacemaker implants.
  • AICD insertion.
  • Nuclear stress tests.
  • Cardioversion.
  • Echocardiography—3D echo.
  • Tilt table testing.
  • Trigger monitor application.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation.

Medical Breakthroughs

First in Central Florida to Offer World's Smallest Pacemaker
Leesburg Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Central Florida to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. The first procedure was performed in April 2017 by Hector L. Garcia, MD, a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist with Florida Cardiovascular Specialists.

Comparable in size to a large vitamin, Medtronic’s Micra TPS does not require cardiac wires (leads). Instead, the device is small enough to be delivered through a catheter and implanted directly into the heart with small tines, providing a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads – all while being cosmetically invisible. For patients who need more than one heart device, the miniaturized Micra TPS was designed with a unique feature that enables it to be permanently turned off so it can remain in the body and a new device can be implanted without risk of electrical interaction.

First in Central Florida to Offer Naturally Dissolving Heart Stent
The interventional cardiology team at Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) recently became the first in Central Florida to offer the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. The Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances.

While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb disappears completely in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

The first procedure was performed in April 2017 by Srinivas Attanti, MD, a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist with Citrus Cardiology Consultants, PA.