Heart hospital in Orange Park, Florida

When you are choosing a hospital for your heart care, you want to be confident in their expertise. At Orange Park Medical Center, our cardiac care team includes cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, specialty trained nurses and electrophysiologists. With so many specialty physicians on staff, we can treat all types of heart problems, from artery blockages to valve repairs and heart arrhythmias.

Our commitment to quality care is seen through our cardiovascular operating rooms, dedicated cardiovascular intensive care unit, two electrophysiology labs and three separate cardiac catheterization laboratories. We have made sure that our patients receive top-level care from the time they enter our emergency room (ER) or when they arrive for an elective procedure all the way through hospital discharge and rehabilitation.

If you would like more information about our cardiac care program, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 889-3627.


Orange Park Medical Center is acknowledged by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program with recognitions in:

  • AFIB Gold
  • Heart Failure Gold
  • Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award
  • Resuscitation Gold Plus
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

Additionally, we earned advanced certifications from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.

Heart and vascular conditions we treat

A wide range of conditions may affect the heart. Whether you are facing a structural problem, such as mitral regurgitation, or blocked arteries, as seen with coronary artery disease, our heart doctors are ready to provide the care you need.

Our cardiologists and vascular specialists offer expert care in treating:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Heart attack
  • Heart valve problems
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Septal defects (a hole in the heart)

Emergency heart attack care

Patients arriving in our ER with chest pain or other heart attack symptoms will be quickly evaluated and diagnosed upon arrival. We are proud to be recognized for our low door-to-balloon times—which measure the time from a patient entering the ER to treatment in the cath lab, where our cardiologists open the blocked artery.

The national guideline for door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes. Our times are well below the guidelines, meaning you receive expert emergency care even faster when every second counts.

Heart screening and imaging

In addition to traditional imaging services, such as X-rays and ultrasounds, our hospital uses specialized heart imaging technologies to analyze and diagnose heart conditions. Imaging exams may include:

  • Coronary computerized tomography (CT) angiogram—This is a powerful type of X-ray used to examine the arteries supplying blood to the heart.
  • Echocardiogram (echo)—This is an ultrasound of the heart. We perform several types of echos, including stress echos and transesophageal echos.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)—EKGs use wires attached to the chest to record the heart's electrical activity.
  • Heart CT for calcium scoring—This type of CT scan is used to evaluate the amount of plaque in the arteries.
  • Stress testing—This test measures how well the heart functions under periods of stress (in this case, exercise in a controlled environment). Patients are hooked up to imaging machines during exercise to evaluate the heart in real time.

Cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab)

Our cardiologists perform emergent and elective cardiac procedures in the three cardiac cath labs at our hospital. We are proud to be recognized for our low door-to-balloon times during heart attack treatment. Once a patient is transported to the cath lab, our cardiologists can open the blocked artery.

The team in the cath labs include board-certified cardiologists, including interventional cardiologists, and a highly trained support staff. We have a cardiothoracic surgeon and interventional cardiologist on-call 24/7, so lifesaving cardiovascular care is always available and delivered by an experienced cardiac team.

Electrophysiology lab

Our hospital has two electrophysiology laboratories where we diagnose and treat patients with heart arrhythmias. We treat the following types of irregular heart rhythms:

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Atrial flutter
  • Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)

Inside our expanded electrophysiology labs, we have dedicated spaces for pre-surgical preparation and postoperative recovery. There is also a procedure room dedicated to electrophysiology services. Our cardiologists and electrophysiologists can insert the following devices to manage cardiac rhythm disorders:

  • Bi-ventricular pacemakers
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Loop implant recorders
  • Pacemakers

Heart and vascular surgery

Heart and vascular surgery is the cornerstone of our comprehensive cardiac care program. In fact, we are the only facility in Clay County with an open-heart surgery program. The doctors on our cardiovascular surgery team are members of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons' national registry, so you can trust our experience and quality of care.

As part of our commitment to remaining on the cutting-edge of cardiac surgery, our state-of-the-art facilities include cardiovascular ORs, three cardiac cath labs, electrophysiology labs and a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Our program was designed to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for patients undergoing surgeries, such as:

  • Carotid stenting
  • Coronary artery angioplasty and stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Electrophysiology procedures (device implants to regulate arrhythmias)
  • Endarterectomy
  • Femoral artery bypass graft
  • General thoracic surgery
  • Heart valve repair
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass graft (MIDCABG)
  • Peripheral atherectomy
  • Robotic mitral valve repair

Cardiovascular intensive care unit

In addition to our two dedicated cardiovascular operating rooms (ORs), we also have an in-house cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). The staff in the CVICU exclusively works with our cardiac patients and includes specialized cardiac care nurses. We are committed to helping patients through their recoveries quickly so they can return home as soon as possible. Most patients in our CVICU return home within five to seven days.

Our team works with our patients and their families to ensure every patient receives the attentive postoperative care they need to heal. The CVICU has an ICU intensivist in-house 24/7.

Understanding your care in our cath lab

Cardiac catheterizations are minimally invasive procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of many heart conditions. A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel in the patient's arm or leg. Using X-ray guidance, your doctor will thread the catheter through the arteries until they reach the heart. Once arrived, many diagnostic tests and treatments can be performed on the heart through the catheter.

Preparing for a cath lab procedure

Before and on the day of your procedure, we ask that you:

  • Arrive at the hospital two hours before your appointment time
  • Bring a copy of your advance directive (living will)
  • Bring a current list of all your medications
  • Bring your current insurance cards
  • Complete required blood work and received a preoperative EKG before the day of your procedure
  • Find a person to drive you home after the procedure, as you will be receiving medication to help you relax, and there will be physical restrictions following your procedure
  • Follow your physician’s orders about your medication before your procedure if you are taking blood thinners
  • Follow your physician’s orders for your medication the day of your procedure if you are diabetic and require medication
  • Inform your doctor if you develop signs of a cold, fever or change in health status before your procedure
  • Prepare an overnight bag, as you will stay the night in the hospital in the event that your doctor needs to repair one of your arteries during the procedure

While unlikely, some patients do require a blood transfusion. In those instances, we will provide specific information regarding the procedure.

What to expect on the day of your procedure

Your procedure may be completed using one of two possible techniques: through a blood vessel in your leg or through your arm. Your cardiologist will determine which approach will be best for you.

A typical cardiac catheterization follows these steps:

  1. The area will be shaved and cleaned with an antiseptic soap to prevent infection.
  2. A sterile drape will be used to cover the area.
  3. The cardiologist will order medication to help you relax.
  4. The staff assisting the doctor will administer your medication and monitor you during the procedure.
  5. A second staff member will assist the doctor at the table while the third member of the team monitors your vital signs.
  6. Your cardiologist will administer a numbing medication called "lidocaine" to the area, and a small plastic tube will be inserted into the artery. This tube is called a catheter and will be inserted and advanced to the artery.
  7. The cardiologist will inject a contrast agent (dye) into the catheter. The dye is injected while the catheter is positioned around your chest, abdomen, head or legs.
  8. The cardiologist will take multiple pictures using a special camera that shifts to many different positions. Once images of the arteries are obtained, they will be displayed on TV screens in the procedure room.
  9. While the cardiologist obtains the various pictures, they can determine if you have any blockages that need treatment.
  10. After the cardiologist has completed the procedure, they will further analyze the images.

If a blockage is found

If a blockage is present, the cardiologist will correct it by opening the vessel. The blockage may be treated by inserting a small balloon-tipped catheter with a stent mounted on a balloon. The cardiologist will position the catheter at the site of the blockage and inflate the balloon. The inflated balloon expands the stent, opening the blockage.

This procedure may be repeated several times until your cardiologist is satisfied with the result. During this time, you will receive medication to thin your blood. This reduces the chance of blood clots forming.

The tube in your leg or arm may remain in place until the blood thinner is stopped. Once the tube is removed, you will remain in bed for several hours to prevent any chance of bleeding from the insertion site. An overnight stay in the hospital is required. The following day, your cardiologist will visit you and discuss the outcome of the procedure and discharge instructions.

Cardiac care educational opportunities

We are proud to offer members of our community access to lifesaving heart education classes. Knowing what to do in a cardiac emergency could save a life. We offer the following opportunities:

Important Information

Due to COVID-19 precautions, all classes and events are postponed at this time..

  • Advanced cardiac life support recertification
  • HeartSaver CPR with AED initial certification
  • HeartSaver first aid