Cardiovascular care in Sanford, Florida

Central Florida Regional Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Seminole and West Volusia counties that provides a wide range of cardiovascular surgeries. Our cardiovascular surgeons perform complex procedures, and we offer our patients cardiac rehabilitation after surgery.

For more information about heart and vascular surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 445-3392.


The American College of Cardiology recognized us as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention).

Cardiovascular surgical care experience

We offer patients who are undergoing cardiac, vascular and endovascular surgery individualized and comprehensive care. Surgeries are performed by our cardiovascular surgeons with the aid of registered nurses and dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists.

After surgery, our patients are moved into our 12-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, which is adjacent to our dedicated open-heart surgical suites. Patients can recover in their private rooms where our expert heart and vascular team monitor them.

Cardiovascular surgeries

The heart and vascular program at Central Florida Regional Hospital provides patients with minimally invasive and traditional surgical solutions. We offer patients a range of cardiovascular surgeries, including:

  • Atherectomy
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass—on- and off-pump cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device implantation
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Endovascular vein harvesting
  • Stent placement
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve repair and replacement

LAAC device implantation

Central Florida Regional Hospital is the only hospital in Seminole County offering cardiac patients an alternative to long-term blood thinner medication with the Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device.

The LAAC device is a permanent heart implant that effectively reduces the risk of stroke in patients suffering from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFIB). AFIB is an irregular heartbeat experienced by at least 2.7 million Americans who are five times more likely to suffer from a stroke.

AFIB can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. AFIB patients usually use anticoagulants (blood thinners) long-term to prevent blood clots from forming. After the LAAC device is implanted, patients can discontinue the use of long-term blood thinner medication, reducing the risk of bleeding.

Compared to anticoagulants, the LAAC device demonstrates statistically superior reductions in conditions such as:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke (85 percent reduction)
  • Disabling stroke (63 percent reduction)
  • Cardiovascular death (56 percent reduction)

More than 90 percent of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart form in the left atrial appendage. The LAAC device is implanted with a one-time, minimally invasive procedure via the groin. Following the procedure, patients are typically discharged within 24 hours and can be taken off anticoagulants in 30-45 days

TAVR procedure

TAVR is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery for patients who have aortic stenosis. In a traditional valve replacement, the damaged or diseased valve is removed before the replacement valve is implanted. With TAVR, the damaged or diseased valve is not removed. Instead, a replacement valve is it inserted into the aortic valve's place.

TAVR is a catheter-based procedure performed in one of our cardiac catheterization laboratories by a cardiothoracic surgeon and an interventional cardiologist.

Cardiovascular disease risk factors

Cardiovascular disease can lead to conditions that require cardiac surgery. Certain factors can put people at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including:

  • Personal history of diabetes
  • Family history of heart and vascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

If you have one or more of these risk factors, you should discuss the possibility of cardiovascular disease with your physician.

Our heart and vascular team

Successful treatment of heart and vascular conditions involves a multidisciplinary approach. Cardiovascular treatment may involve care from:

  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialists
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Cardiovascular surgeons
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Heart and vascular specialists
  • Infection specialists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Neurologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Primary physicians
  • Registered nurses

Cardiac surgery education

We offer specialized education to patients who are preparing for open-heart surgery. This education is provided to patients and their families to ensure patient safety, decrease anxieties and prepare families for the recovery process.

For more information about open-heart surgery education, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 445-3392.

Cardiac rehab

We support our patients post-surgery with a 12-week outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. Our goal is to help improve patient endurance, strength and confidence following heart and vascular surgery.