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Lee Health Heart Institute

Trust Your Heart to Lee Health

The Largest Heart Program in Southwest Florida

An alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the nation’s leader in heart care. Lee Health is raising our level of heart care even higher – while earning the reputation as the region’s most trusted cardiovascular team. Your team.

At Lee Health, you have everything you need to take care of your heart health. Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Lee Health Heart Institute includes primary and specialty care, nationally ranked hospitals, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, cardiac rehabilitation and more—all in a safe and comforting environment. We’re ready to help you stay active, engaged and prepared to enjoy the important things in life.

HealthPark Medical Center has been recognized as a PINC AI™ I Fortune 50 Top Cardiology Hospital™ in the country - and 1 of only 4 hospitals recognized in the state of Florida. Lee Health has a strategic alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute whose heart program is nationally ranked. Cleveland Clinic, one of the most trusted names in healthcare in the U.S., elevates medical care in Southwest Florida by opening up possibilities for future collaboration, programs and activities that will enhance the exceptional service Lee Health already provides to our patients.

For more information on Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, visit www.ClevelandClinic.org/heart.

Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic Partnership

Explore Our Exceptional Cardiac Care Locations in Southwest Florida

Serving our patients in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita Springs, and Naples. View all of our locations near you.

Lee Health: Recognized as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital in the Nation

Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center has again been named one of the country’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, joining some of the most elite hospitals in the country that provide top-tier heart care. Learn more here!

Lee Health Heart Care Services

The cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Lee Health work together to provide quality, comprehensive care while spearheading cutting-edge research and advancing new surgical techniques. Learn more about our Heart Care services here!

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    Cardiology

    Highly trained experts keeping your heart healthy by preventing, evaluating, and treating a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions.

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    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    A revolutionary approach to treating diseases within the chest and performing heart and lung surgery.

Lee Health Heart Institute: Frequently Asked Questions

At Lee Health, you have everything you need to take care of your heart health. Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Lee Health Heart Institute includes primary and specialty care, nationally ranked hospitals, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, advanced cardiac imaging, cutting edge catheterization techniques, state of the art management of heart arrhythmias, cardiac rehabilitation and more—all in a safe and comforting environment. We’re ready to help you stay active, engaged and prepared to enjoy the important things in life.

  • Shipley Cardiothoracic Center: helping to shape the future of heart and lung surgery by spearheading cutting-edge research, advancing new surgical techniques, and providing outstanding training to surgical teams worldwide. Our group has a long-standing reputation of excellence as a minimally-invasive surgical center. Beginning with valve surgery more than 10 years ago, our program has expanded to include robotic heart surgery, transcatheter valve repair and replacement and hybrid surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.  
  • Heart and Vascular Institute: “HVI” is a partnership between cardiologists and cardiac surgeons and the Lee Health System. Its purpose is to actively engage in improvements in quality of care and the development of new cutting-edge programs to enhance options available to patients. Multiple groups and committees constantly monitor data, comparing ourselves with national (and international) standards toward the goal of “being the best”.

An alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the nation’s leader in heart care. Lee Health is raising our level of heart care even higher – while earning the reputation as the region’s most trusted cardiovascular team. Your team.

HealthPark Medical Center has been recognized as a PINC AI™ I Fortune 50 Top Cardiology Hospital™ in the country - and 1 of only 4 hospitals recognized in the state of Florida. Lee Health has a strategic alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, which has been ranked No. 1 for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995. Cleveland Clinic, one of the most trusted names in healthcare in the U.S., elevates medical care in Southwest Florida by opening up possibilities for future collaboration, programs and activities that will enhance the exceptional service Lee Health already provides to our patients.

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center: Redefining Excellence in Heart Health

With a patient-centered approach, the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center at Lee Health is dedicated to providing compassionate care, achieving outstanding outcomes, and improving the quality of life for individuals with heart and lung conditions in the community. 

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    Shipley Cardiothoracic Center

    Our cutting-edge facility and award-winning surgeons manage heart and lung diseases using the latest technology, taking advantage of research trends and making a personal connection with patients.

Find a Lee Health Heart Care Physician

Lee Health knows how important it is to find a provider who makes you feel comfortable as well as one who is conveniently located. View our physicians profiles and make an appointment with a provider!   

Lee Health Heart Care Physicians: Frequently Asked Questions

At each stage of their training, these specialists must pass rigorous exams that test their knowledge and judgment, as well as their ability to provide superior care.

Cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons must first become board-certified in their primary specialty (internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery respectively), and then certified in their subspecialty (cardiology, pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery respectively). Many of our cardiologists have gone on to receive board certification in sub-specialties, such as electrophysiology, imaging and intervention.

Cardiac surgeons perform many operations at Healthpark at Lee Health, including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Heart rhythm surgery, Valve Replacement and repairs, Aortic Aneurysm Repair, and Lung Surgery. If your Primary Doctor or Cardiologist feels that surgery may be “the best treatment” or “may be an option” for your heart condition, then you will be referred to a cardiac surgeon for further evaluation. The surgeon will review your medical records, tests, discuss your condition with you and your doctors, and provide further advice about the risk and benefits of possible surgery.

If your cardiology specialist adds F.A.C.C. — Fellow of the American College of Cardiology — to his or her name, it is a sign of significant accomplishment and commitment to a profession, a specialty, and to the provision of the best health care for the patient. Election to ACC membership is based on training, specialty board certification, scientific and professional accomplishments, length of active participation in a cardiovascular-related field, and peer recognition.

Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. To become a member of the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) the doctor’s education, training, competence, and ethical conduct has to have passed an intensive assessment consistent with the standards of the College of Surgeons.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons generally perform surgery of the heart and chest. Cardiologists work with surgeons to manage patients and determine whether the patient needs surgery. They might also work together to treat irregular heart beat problems.

Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology are one of many cardiac specialties. An electrophysiologist will diagnose and treat irregular heart rhythms, or arrhythmias. An interventional cardiologist have additional training that allow them to perform "interventions," meaning they can insert stents, perform angioplasty and other similar procedures.

What makes the Lee Health Heart Institute different?

Nestled in the heart of Southwest Florida, our Heart Institute stands as a beacon of excellence and innovation, redefining cardiovascular care with an unrivaled commitment to patient well-being. What sets us apart? It's our unyielding dedication to pushing the boundaries of medical possibility. At the core of our institute is a state-of-the-art program that combines cutting-edge technology with compassionate expertise. Our advanced cardiac imaging doesn't just provide a glimpse into the heart; it unveils a roadmap to life-saving decisions. Every beat, every rhythm, every intricate detail is illuminated, enabling our renowned experts to tailor precise treatments for each patient's unique needs.

Experienced Heart Team

With our experienced heart team, it's not just about technology; it's about the human touch in delivering complex care that truly transforms lives. Our team of highly skilled physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals operates with a shared mission: to provide unwavering support to patients navigating the complexities of cardiovascular conditions. Our institute isn't just a medical facility; it's where empathy flourishes, where questions find answers, and where fears dissolve in the face of dedicated care. We believe that healing extends beyond prescriptions, which is why we forge connections that span beyond the hospital walls.

Best Hospital in Southwest Florida

As a testament to our pursuit of excellence, our strategic alliance with the Cleveland Clinic stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication. It's a partnership that highlights our commitment to not just meet standards, but to set them - to shape the future of cardiovascular health not only in Southwest Florida but far beyond. Cleveland Clinic has a history of learning from and supporting community physicians who are an integral part of the hospitals in their affiliate network. The strategic alliance, and its associated projects, are implemented in full collaboration with Lee Health’s physicians.

The Commitment to Our Community

No matter where you are in your care journey – diagnosis, treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, Lee Health Heart has everything you need. With a strong commitment to our community, there is no need to go elsewhere for care.

Navigating Cardiac Health Through Advanced Imaging Services

We provide the latest cardiac imaging services that make use of AI algorithms and cutting-edge technology to deliver precise diagnostics for cardiac care.

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    Cardiac Imaging

    Lee Health Heart Institute offers advanced cardiac services that utilize cutting-edge AI imaging technology. Our expert team provides accurate and efficient diagnostic evaluations for comprehensive cardiac care. Contact us today!

Specialized Clinics

  • This clinic specializes in cardiac patients recently discharged from the hospital who need to receive follow-up medical care. The Lee Health Heart and Vascular Institute Heart Care Transition team is located in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

  • This clinic is an outpatient treatment option for cardiac patients with heart failure or volume overload. Lee Health is here to help the community in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, and Bonita Springs.

  • The Heart Valve Center is the first of its kind in SWFL bringing together the expertise of the Shipley Cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists to provide traditional, minimally invasive and transcatheter treatment for valve disease. The highlight of the valve center is the weekly conference where a multidisciplinary panel of experts come together to make recommendations for the management of a patient’s valve disease.

Prevention & Education Resources

Learning about risk factors, terms, support resources, and prevention techniques will keep you in front of any heart problems.

Heart Institute Patients: Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you do need a referral for a cardiothoracic surgeon or cardiology specialist.  You cannot make an appointment through MyChart, please call the physicians office to make an appointment. Once you have had your initial appointment, you can make follow up appointments through MyChart.

Any time you have a significant heart or related condition, you may require the attention of a cardiologist. Their skills and training are required for decisions about heart catheterization, balloon angioplasty/stents, pacemaker devices, heart surgery, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, chest pain, intractable hypertension and other conditions that don’t require “intervention” but the attention of cardiologist.

Your cardiologist will review your medical history and perform a physical examination, which will include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. While some problems may be diagnosed from this examination, your cardiologist may order an EKG, x-ray or blood tests. In addition, an ambulatory EKG, echocardiogram, exercise test, cardiac CT scan, heart catheterization, and/or nuclear imaging may be required.

Lee Health offers patients a secure, online way to access medical records. Patients can log into MyChart to access results. You also have the ability to go to any hospital and obtain a paper copy of your medical records at the release of medical information desk.  

This is by doctor preference and can depend on which insurance plan you have. Contact the facility and we can answer more questions you may have.

Interested in learning more about our cardiology program?

Stay up-to-date with the latest insights in cardiology through our engaging podcast and informative videos. Discover a wealth of knowledge from our expert cardiologists, covering a wide range of heart health topics. Listen in or watch now below!

Lee Health Heart- Everyone in your Corner