Heart center in Putnam County
Our cardiologists at Putnam Community Medical Center are committed to providing expert heart care in a patient-centered atmosphere. We use a variety of treatments and services—including intravascular ultrasounds— to help patients maintain healthy hearts.
For more information about our cardiology services, please call (386) 326-8390.
Comprehensive heart care
With the launch of a new interventional cardiology program in our community, Putnam Community Medical Center is making it easier for patients to receive high-quality heart care.
This heart and vascular program provides patients access to a variety of services and treatments for the heart. We provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan to ensure they receive the proper care to stay healthy.
Heart conditions we treat
Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons treat a wide range of heart conditions, such as:
- Aortic aneurysm
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heartburn and reflux
- Heart arrhythmia
- Heart failure
- Heart infection
- High blood pressure
- Unstable angina
- Valvular heart disease
Services and treatments we offer
Our surgeons offer the following procedures to diagnose and treat heart conditions:
Angioplasty creates space in a blocked artery by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon. The balloon, which does not remain in the body, pushes plaque buildup against the wall of the artery so blood can flow more freely.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help treat patients at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Implanted through a small incision near the shoulder, ICDs use electrical pulses to help control life-threatening and irregular heartbeats.
Fractional flow reserve
Fractional flow reserve is a technique that can accurately measure blood pressure and flow through a specific part of the coronary artery. It can be useful in assessing whether or not to perform angioplasty or stenting on intermediate blockages.
During an intravascular ultrasound, a catheter is inserted in the coronary artery to emit sound waves that produce an image of a blockage. This provides the necessary information to diagnose conditions and determine next steps in treatment.
Pacemakers are for patients with abnormally slow heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and/or a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Pacemakers help the heart pump more effectively by coordinating the pumping action through electrical signals.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) intervention
PAD intervention involves the evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart. Balloon angioplasty and stenting may be used to treat PAD.
During peripheral atherectomy, a small, circular blade is used to shave off the plaque in the blood vessels outside the heart. The plaque is reduced to particles smaller than red blood cells, resulting in a smoother inner surface of the vessel that allows for increased blood flow.
Stenting involves inserting a stainless steel, wire-mesh tube in the arteries. The stent is small and permanently placed and is used to keep arteries open following balloon angioplasty. Both bare-metal and medication-releasing stents are available.