The Heart Institute

The Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital offers a full range of the latest diagnostics and treatments to care for hearts in Hernando and Citrus counties.

We have an expert staff of board-certified cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who perform a variety of procedures, including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • CT Scans
  • Echocardiography
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Pace maker implants
  • Valve Repairs

Learn about all of the cardiology and cardiovascular services offered at Oak Hill Hospital.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack can occur when:

  1. The walls of the arteries thicken
  2. Fatty plaques build up in the coronary arteries
  3. The coronary arteries become too thin
  4. A blood clot occurs in the coronary arteries

Heart Attack Symptoms

The symptoms of a heart attack can vary, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms below, it's important that you seek medical help right away.

  • Heavy chest pain behind the breastbone
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the left shoulder, left arm or jaw
  • Nausea
  • Sweating or clammy skin
  • Weakness or loss of consciousness

To determine if you've had a heart attack, number of tests and diagnostics will be run. This can include both a blood and urine test as well as an Electrocardiogram (EKG), Echocardiogram, and a Stress Test.

Cardiac Catheterization

Early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease is critical. For optimal outcomes, Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital's new cath lab uses latest generation imaging equipment and techniques for cardiac diagnostic testing. View list of available procedures »

Open Heart Surgery

Patients will be cared for in the new CV Recovery Unit or the new CV Intensive Care Unit at Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital, featuring private rooms with continuous bedside cardiac monitoring, portable telemetry monitoring and non invasive blood pressure monitoring.

Valve Treatment

Catheter-based or surgical repair for defective valves, or heart valve replacement surgery, an open-heart surgery procedure in which a defective valve is replaced with either a biological or mechanical valve.

Arrhythmia Center

An Arrhythmia is an abnormality in the rhythm of the heart, or heart pattern. The heartbeat can be too slow, too fast, have a few extra heart beats, skips a beat or otherwise beats irregularly.

Our specially trained team diagnoses and treats all types of arrhythmias, including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Automatic Cardiac Defibrillator Implants
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (Bi-Ventricular Device)
  • Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia
  • Pacemaker Implants
  • Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolf Parkinson-White syndrome
For more information, please contact the Heart Institute at (352) 596-6632 in Hernando or (352) 628-6441 in Citrus.