Heart doctors in Brooksville, Florida

Our cardiologists in Brooksville, Florida, provide comprehensive cardiac services and a complete continuum of heart care. At our full-service heart health institute, we offer:

  • Diagnostic heart imaging and screening
  • Various treatments for heart diseases, disorders and conditions
  • Customized cardiac physical therapy and rehabilitative programs to ensure a full, healthy recovery
For more information, please contact the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital at (352) 596-6632.

The Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital

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

The highly trained heart surgeons at our Heart Institute provide noninvasive treatment methods when possible and most effective. Our team is also equipped to perform open-heart surgeries to correct heart conditions and repair heart and blood vessel damage.

Diagnostic heart imaging and screening tests

To assess your heart health, we provide advanced diagnostic imaging services. Our cardiac team uses the results of these tests to diagnose heart conditions, like heart disease, as early as possible. Early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease is critical to preventing permanent damage to your heart and preventing a heart attack.

Some of our heart screening tests and procedures include:

  • Angiography
  • Aortograms
  • Bypass graft visualization
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies
  • Holter monitoring
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Stress tests

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a nonsurgical, diagnostic procedure that helps with the early diagnosis of heart disease. During a heart catheterization or "cath," a thin, flexible tube (called a catheter) is guided through blood vessels up to the heart.

This minimally invasive procedure uses X-rays to check your heart, arteries and blood flow. A special contrast dye is injected through the catheter. This dye shows up clearly on X-ray imaging, allowing our physicians and cardiologists to:

  • Locate any narrowed or clogged arteries of the heart
  • Measure pressures within the heart
  • See how well the heart valves and heart chambers are working
  • Check for heart defects
  • Evaluate an enlarged heart
  • Decide on a personalized treatment plan

Comprehensive heart attack care

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

  • The walls of the arteries thicken
  • Fatty plaque builds up in the coronary arteries
  • Coronary arteries become too thin
  • A blood clot occurs in the coronary arteries

Our emergency room physicians and support staff are trained and prepared to treat heart attacks 24/7. We use proven guidelines and protocols for heart attack treatment, which result in less permanent damage to the heart.

Heart attack symptoms

The symptoms of a heart attack can vary. Recognizing the symptoms could save a life.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms below, seek medical help right away.

  • Pain, pressure, tightness or an aching discomfort in your chest or arms, which lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Back, jaw or neck pain
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat
  • Heartburn, indigestion, nausea or abdominal pain
  • Cold sweat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness, fainting or sudden lightheadedness

Cardiac treatments and procedures

Our heart specialists are trained in interventional cardiology, which focuses on blood flow through arteries in the heart and throughout the body. We use minimally invasive measures of interventional cardiology because of its immense benefits to patients—less pain, faster healing and reduced risk of complications.

In other cases, we use traditional surgical procedures to treat heart conditions.

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

  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator insertions
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps
  • Intracoronary thrombolytic therapy
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Peripheral vascular interventions
  • Rotablator
  • Stenting
  • Thrombectomy (clot removal)
  • Valve repairs

Heart valve repair and replacement

We offer heart valve repair and replacement procedures to treat heart valve defects, disease or failure.

We use a catheter-based approach for repairing for defective valves. Heart valve replacement is an open-heart surgery in which a defective valve is replaced with a biological or mechanical valve.

Heart arrhythmia treatment

A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm and can lead to stroke or even heart failure.

Our specially trained cardiac team uses electrophysiology studies and other methods to diagnose various arrhythmias. Once the type and source of the arrhythmia has been identified, our cardiologists and electrophysiologists perform the procedure needed to correct the heartbeat abnormality.

Some of the methods we use to treat arrhythmias include automatic cardiac defibrillator implants, cardiac resynchronization therapy (bi-ventricular device) and pacemaker implants.

Cardiac post-operative care and rehabilitation

Patients who have had open-heart surgery will be cared for in our Intensive Care Unit or our Intermediate Care Unit, a critical care step-down unit. As part of your post-operative care, we provide continuous bedside cardiac monitoring, portable telemetry monitoring and noninvasive blood pressure monitoring.

We are committed to helping you heal and fully recover following a cardiac procedure, disease or condition.

Our licensed and highly trained therapists personalize physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to meet your unique needs. They will use rehabilitative therapies and techniques to restore your heart health and get you on track to lead a healthy lifestyle.