Cardiologists in Ocala, Florida

When you choose an Ocala Health cardiologist as your heart health partner, you gain access to a complete continuum of heart care. We provide comprehensive cardiac services, which include diagnostic heart screening, cardiovascular treatments and surgeries and cardiac rehabilitation.

Our highly trained heart and vascular care team uses the most effective approaches to help you reach your optimal heart health and lead your healthiest life.

If you would like more information about our cardiology services, please call us at (352) 401-1427.

Experienced cardiac care team

The highly skilled cardiovascular specialists at Ocala Health work together with specialists across multiple disciplines to provide you with exceptional cardiovascular care.

Committed cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists and critical care physicians collaborate closely with respiratory therapists, rehabilitation and occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers to create an individual care plan for you.

Nationally accredited cardiovascular care

Both Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital are Accredited Chest Pain Centers. This notable distinction from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) shows we offer fast, specialized emergency heart care that makes a critical difference when minutes count.

Our door-to-balloon times are better the national standards for treatment times. Additionally, we hold a 4-star rating—the highest possible rating—from the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry, further demonstrating our dedication to providing quality cardiovascular care.

For cardiothoracic surgery, we have earned a distinguished three star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for our patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This three star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Ocala Regional Medical Center among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

Heart screening and imaging

We offer advanced heart screening services to diagnose and detect heart disease and cardiovascular conditions. Some of these screening tests and procedures include cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring and stress tests.

Heart attack care

Our network of emergency rooms (ERs) are equipped with some of the most advanced technology, and our ER specialists have the cardiac expertise to provide life-saving heart attack care 24/7.

By quickly and consistently applying stringent, proven standards, we are able to produce the best possible outcomes. This results in less damage to the heart and lower hospital readmission rates.

Heart attack symptoms

Education about heart attack symptoms is an important aspect of our heart attack care. Knowing these signs of a heart attack could save a life:

  • Back, jaw or neck pain
  • Chest pain, pressure, tightness or an aching discomfort, lasting for more than a few minutes
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness, sudden lightheadedness or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn, indigestion, nausea or abdominal pain
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
If you believe someone could be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Heart arrhythmia treatment

Our highly trained electrophysiologists treat various types of heart arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.

To identify the source of the arrhythmia, our electrophysiologists perform electrophysiology (EP) studies in our dedicated EP Lab. Once the origin of the arrhythmia is located, our team uses treatments, such as cardiac ablation or pacemaker implantation, to restore a normal heart rhythm.

Interventional cardiology treatments

Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology focusing on blood flow through arteries in the heart and throughout the body. Our interventional cardiology treatments and procedures use thin, flexible tubes called catheters to repair narrowed arteries and weakened or damaged blood vessels.

Some of these procedures include:

  • Coronary atherectomy— a procedure in which a catheter is equipped with a specialized tool at the tip to remove plaque from the coronary artery wall
  • Coronary intervention (stent and balloon)— a non-surgical method used to open narrowed arteries supplying blood to the heart
  • Peripheral angiography and intervention— a catheter is introduced into the groin to access and treat blockages or blood clots in the peripheral (leg) arteries or veins
  • Left ventricular support— a temporary support device for patients with heart failure. It can be used to support the heart circulatory system during high-risk cardiac stenting or to allow the heart to rest and recovery for patients in are in cardiogenic shock

Heart and vascular surgery

When noninvasive treatments cannot improve heart condition symptoms, our cardiologists may recommend heart and vascular surgery. Our cardiovascular surgeons perform a range of surgeries to help you regain your optimal heart health.

Cardiac rehabilitation

After you undergo a surgical procedure or experience a medical heart event, cardiac rehabilitation can help ensure you have a safe and complete recovery.

We offer inpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs at both Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital. As part of our cardiac rehabilitation program, our highly qualified rehabilitation specialists will:

  • Monitor your heart
  • Create customized rehab plans
  • Educate about heart health topics to help you make more informed lifestyle choices to reduce heart and vascular disease

Our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation maintenance program,"Take Charge," is offered in an encouraging environment at West Marion Community Hospital. Our team provides an individualized, structured exercise regimen for a nominal fee.

Helpful resources

In 1987, Dr. Raymond Bahr founded the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program to spread the message that “Heart Attacks Have Beginnings”, so that members in our community (that’s you!) can recognize the signs and symptoms before a major heart attack occurs, and take action. Today, the Early Heart Attack Care course is available entirely online

You can save a life with 2 simple steps: Hands-Only CPR. This instructional video by the American Heart Association shows you the two simple steps to perform CPR, using only your hands.

  1. Call 911.
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.