Heart and Vascular Services in Winter Haven, Florida
The Bostick Heart Center at Winter Haven Hospital provides comprehensive care for your heart by an experienced team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Whatever the need—heart surgery, emergency or elective angioplasty, heart attack care, heart failure care, recovery care—the Bostick Heart Center's team provides a wide variety of high quality services to meet the heart-health needs of our community.
According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the organization that tracks the quality data of the country's most elite open-heart programs, the data from our program has consistently earned the coveted "3 star" designation – the highest possible rating! It also places the Bostick Heart Center's heart surgery program in the top 10-15 % in the nation.
Our Cardiac Cath Lab offers 24/7 services in order to provide the emergent treatment necessary that stops a heart attack in its tracks. Open since 1988, the Cath Lab provides testing to document (or rule out) heart disease as well as a number of minimally invasive treatments (stents, pacemakers, etc).
Our nursing units offer every level of cardiac care, including:
- 8-bed state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) for care after heart and vascular surgeries
- 12-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) to care for patients after complex cardiac procedures as well as patients with other serious heart problems (a heart attack or heart failure, for example)
- 32-bed Cardiovascular Unit (CVU), designed for those patients with complex cardiac needs that do not require ICU level attention
- 16-bed Cardiac Observation Unit (COU), designed for those patients with suspected heart problems
Our Non-Invasive Cardiology Department provides diagnostic tests that help physicians better evaluate and diagnose heart problems. Electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and stress testing are just a few of the services provided to in- and outpatients.
Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers services to patients during as well as after hospitalization. Patients in the hospital are supported by experienced nurses who educate them about cardiac diagnosis, treatment options and secondary prevention. After hospitalization, our outpatient cardiac rehab staff work closely with physicians to offer a 12-week program of monitored exercise therapy, comprehensive education and psychosocial support—all critically important to a fast and successfully recovery!
Winter Haven Hospital's Bostick Heart Center provides a continuum of high quality care and services that save lives and improve the well-being of the people in our communities.
Electrophysiology Studies for Arrhythmias at Winter Haven Hospital
An electrophysiology study, also called an EP study, is a diagnostic test used to detect abnormal electrical activity in the heart. An unusual heartbeat or rhythm is referred to as arrhythmia. The procedure is performed by a sub-specialist known as an electrophysiologist (EP). Your doctor will use the results from an EP study to determine the best course of treatment for your heart condition. An EP study may be recommended for conditions such as abnormal slow or fast heart rates, passing out spells (syncope), skipped beats (palpitations), or to further identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac death.
An electrophysiology study is a minimally invasive procedure. After receiving a sedative and local anesthetic, a catheter (small tube) equipped with tiny electrodes will be inserted into an artery or vein through which it is slowly advanced toward the heart. While some patients experience a sensation of pressure around the area, this is generally a painless procedure. Small electrical impulses are then sent through the catheters to your heart. The doctor closely monitors your heart’s response to these impulses (cardiac mapping) and uses this information to determine the source of your heart’s arrhythmia and to formulate the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
Watch as Dr. Rodrigo Bolaños, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Winter Haven Hospital, discusses arrhythmias and the EP procedures we offer. (En Español)