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Cardiologists in West Palm Beach

The cardiologists at Palms West Hospital are dedicated to providing you with the best heart care treatment available. Our cardiac services encompass a full range of diagnostic modalities and interventional procedures, providing our patients with the latest scientific advances.

To learn more about our extensive heart care services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 345-7009.

Palms West Hospital’s cardiac services bring together the collaborative efforts and experience of highly skilled physician specialists, nurses, technologists and other cardiovascular health professionals.

If you come to our hospital experiencing chest pain or discomfort, our clinical team will give you the immediate care you need to avoid as much heart damage as possible.

Heart attack symptoms

The average patient arrives in the emergency room (ER) more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome.

Signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Chest pressure
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Chest heaviness
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Left shoulder or arm pain
  • Left jaw pain
  • Irregular/racing heartbeat
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Shortness of breath (especially during exercise)
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
If you think you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

We receive and treat patients with narrowed coronary arteries using angioplasty, stenting and other catheter-based procedures.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) refers to a variety of procedures used to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart. For example, PCI can treat chest pain caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol and plaque, which can reduce blood flow. PCI can also treat a heart attack caused by a large blood clot blocking the artery.


Angioplasty is the technique of mechanically widening narrowed or obstructed arteries. Artery obstruction is typically the result of atherosclerosis, which is a disease of the arteries caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol and plaque.

During an angioplasty, an empty and collapsed balloon on a guidewire (balloon catheter) is passed into the narrowed or blocked locations. Next, the balloon catheter is inflated to a fixed size using water pressures up to 500 times normal blood pressure. The balloon forces the expansion of the inner white blood cell/clot plaque deposits and the surrounding muscular wall, opening up the blood vessel for improved flow. Then, the balloon is deflated and withdrawn. A stent may or may not be inserted at the time of ballooning to ensure the vessel remains open.

Coronary stenting

Coronary stenting is a way to open a blocked artery in the heart. During an angioplasty, a mesh, metal tube is placed in the artery. The tube is called a stent.

We offer two types of coronary stents:

  • Drug-eluting stent (DES)—A stent coated with a medicine, which is slowly released
  • Bare-metal stent—A stent that is not covered with medication

Heart testing services

Our cardiac services lab is equipped with the latest medical technology and available around-the-clock to meet your needs. We conduct minimally invasive procedures to treat a variety of clinical problems, including coronary artery disease.

Catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. Some of the benefits of these minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring

These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques with imaging guidance. A heart catheterization, or cath exam, is a diagnostic X-ray exam, which allows your physician to evaluate your heart health, valve functionality and any coronary artery blockages. Cardiac catheterization can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.

These catheter-based procedures offer patients many advantages compared to traditional surgery, including:

  • Less risk of complications
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring

Cardiopulmonary services

The cardiopulmonary department at Palms West Hospital has earned a Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) by the American Association for Respiratory Care for our ongoing commitment to high-quality respiratory care. As one of only 500 hospitals to receive QRCR recognition, our cardiopulmonary program is one of the most esteemed in our cardiology department.

Our cardiopulmonary department qualified for this recognition by meeting the following conditions:

  • All of our respiratory therapists delivering bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state certified respiratory therapists (CRTs) or have a renal replacement therapy (RRT) credential.
  • Respiratory therapists are available 24/7.
  • Additional personnel are qualified for specific respiratory procedures and/or are supervised by qualified personnel. The amount of supervision required for specific respiratory procedures is designated in writing.
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

Cardiopulmonary specialties

We offer a variety of cardiopulmonary services from diagnostic screenings to rehabilitation. Some of the services we provide to adult and child patients include:

  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)—This procedure uses an alternative method to the traditional echocardiogram (EKG). This test involves the insertion of a specialized probe with an ultrasound transducer at its tip.
  • Stress testing—This test measures the heart's ability to respond to external stress. The stress response is induced by physical exercise or medicine.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)—This test measures and records the electrical activity of the brain as it responds to cardiac activity. (We also offer long-term video EEGs.)
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) screening "sweat test"—This test measures the amount of chloride in sweat and can help doctors diagnose cystic fibrosis.
  • Outpatient Holter monitor, electrocardiogram (EKG)—This test is often performed after a traditional EKG is taken to check heart rhythm.
  • Pediatric life support—This is a rescue procedure to stabilize a child and prevent brain damage and respiratory failure.
  • Reflux screening (pH probe)—This test involves a small, thin probe, which connects the mouth to the stomach to help doctors diagnose and treat acid reflux.