The Heart Center at Indian River Medical Center, an affiliate of Duke Medicine, provides comprehensive cardiac care to residents of the Treasure Coast. Repeated, the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, has listed IRMC a 3 out of a 3-star rating.
Affiliation With Duke Medicine
The first of its kind in Florida, our affiliation with Duke Medicine, a world leader in cardiac care, gives patients the opportunity for improved medical outcomes and enhanced quality of life. The Duke affiliation provides IRMC’s staff with specialized training and consultation as well as access to Duke’s cardiovascular team and their decades of experience in research, treatment, and education. Duke consistently ranks among the top-10 heart centers in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Combined with its technologically advanced cardiac cath lab and two spacious 1,000 sq. ft. surgical suites make The Heart Center at Indian River Medical Center one of the most comprehensive cardiovascular programs in the country. World-class clinical expertise is combined with extraordinary technology to provide award-winning care to patients in need. Cardiac services include:
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- Pump and off-pump coronary revascularization
- Heart valve replacement and repair
- Minimally invasive valve surgery
- Aortic aneurysms in the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta with open graft replacement and the newer endovascular techniques
- CardioMEMS Heart Failure Monitor
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
- Bi-ventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator
- Coronary artery stents
- Stress test
- CT angiography (64-slice CT)
Twice the size of standard operating rooms, two new surgical suites house the latest cardiovascular and endovascular surgical equipment and advanced technology. Each is 1,000 sq. ft.
Two cardiac catheterization labs provide a full array of diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures including angioplasty, coronary stenting and atherectomies. A spacious eight-bed recovery area, staffed by specially trained registered nurses, is adjacent to the cardiac cath labs.
Patients go directly to the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit following heart surgery. Each patient in the Cardiovascular CCU has one or two nurses solely dedicated to his or her care after surgery.
The Cardiovascular CCU is part of the hospital’s Critical Care Unit. IRMC is proud to be recognized as a Beacon Center for Critical Care Excellence. Only 56 of the nation’s 10,000 Critical Care Units have been honored with this prestigious award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Critical Care nurses and physicians and a team of pharmacists, dietitians, respiratory therapists, social workers and others collaborate to provide the best care for each individual patient with daily ‘multidisciplinary’ rounds, a service usually found only in academic medical centers.
IRMC features a unique ‘Step Down Unit’ where heart patients stay following interventional procedures or after time in the Critical Care Unit.
The Step Down Unit is equipped with high technology and an expert staff to continue close monitoring heart patients. Our nurse to patient ratio is four patients to one nurse to assure the special care of each patient. As is true throughout IRMC, all patient rooms are private suites.
Patients in the rehabilitation programs at IRMC are taught to achieve an optimal level of independence and physical capabilities, which in turn improves their quality of life.
All activities are monitored by a member of the rehabilitation team who provides progress reports to the patient’s primary physician.
Participants must be referred by their personal local physician to enroll in either the Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
The EKG-monitored physical conditioning program for heart patients usually begins a few weeks following hospital discharge from heart surgery.
Because IRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation department is part of the hospital, it provides a lower cost program in a safe environment where hospital resources are readily available. Many health insurance plans will reimburse patients for services. Medicare generally covers 80 percent of the cost.