Central Florida Heart Center is at the center of all of your heart care needs. Our board-certified cardiologists are dedicated to providing comprehensive cardiovascular care, from patient management and consultations to sophisticated non-invasive and invasive diagnostic procedures.
- Joseph R. Alonso, MD, FACC (352) 861-9811
- Surexa S. Cacodcar, MD, FACC (352) 387-3159
- William F. Dresen, MD, FACC (352) 873-2223
- Tong Liu, MD, PhD, FACC (352) 873-4733
- Lan Luo, MD, FACC (352) 873-9557
- Vijay K. Mittal, MD, FACC (352) 873-0003
- Ajay Jitendra Mehta MD, FACC (352) 789-6931
- Erum Jiva DNP, ARNP-BC, CLS (352) 873-9557
- Lauren Edwards, FNP – BC (352) 873-9557
- Rebecca Blackson, ARNP (352) 873-9557
The Diagnostic Center is a full service state-of-the-art facility which offers a wide variety of diagnostic services for our patients. CFHC remains at the forefront of technology and is committed to providing the most technologically advanced non-invasive and invasive diagnostic procedures available today. Our services include:
Cardiac Catheterization (out-patient)
CFHC’s two fully-equipped cardiac catheterization laboratories are among the most advanced facilities of their kind, offering a variety of angiographic procedures (left/right heart caths, aortography, carotid, renal, and peripheral imaging), in addition to peripheral interventions (angioplasty and stenting). Cardiac catheterization patients and their families can relax in their own private room. Each room features ultra-modern telemetry which is continuously monitored at the central nurses’ station. Our physicians and team of highly-trained nursing professionals make every possible effort to ensure a pleasant stay at the CFHC cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Nuclear Stress Testing
The Nuclear Cardiology laboratory at CFHC is fully accredited by the ICANL in both Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and Equilibrium Radionuclide Angiography (MUGA).
We are pleased to offer nuclear stress testing utilizing state-of-the-art ADAC nuclear imaging systems. For the comfort and safety of our patients, both exercise and pharmacologic (Adenosine/Dobutamine) nuclear stress testing is available. Nuclear stress testing may be used to determine such things as the adequacy of the blood supply to the heart, the pumping capacity of the heart, as well as an individual’s response to exercise, etc. At CFHC, all stress tests are performed under the supervision of the patient’s cardiologist. In addition, licensed nuclear medicine technologists and clinical support staff also play an integral role in assuring that our patient’s have a positive experience while in the nuclear stress laboratory.
CFHC’s Echocardiography laboratory is fully accredited by the ICAEL in Adult Echocardiography.
An echocardiogram, often called an “echo”, is simply an ultrasound of the heart. Using highly sophisticated ultrasound technology, a “motion picture” of the heart is generated. Through the use of this technology, a cardiologist is able to access such things as the size of the heart, its pumping capacity, heart valve function, the presence of blood clots or tumors, accumulated fluid around the heart, etc. Highly-trained and experienced Cardiovascular Technologists will help make this a comfortable, informative, and interesting procedure for patients of CFHC.
A carotid ultrasound is another type of ultrasound which allows the cardiologist to look at the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries are located in the neck between the collar bone and jaw line. This type of diagnostic test allows the physician to determine if any blockage exists in the carotid arteries, and to what extent. Painless and highly informative, this test is an invaluable tool for determining the causes of various symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, and source of carotid “bruits”, etc. All carotid ultrasounds are performed by highly-experienced Cardiovascular Technologists utilizing the latest technologically advanced equipment.
Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound
Peripheral vascular ultrasound is a wonderful technology used to assess arteries and veins of the arms and legs. Qualified Cardiovascular Technologists, utilizing state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging equipment, can provide information in which the cardiologist can use to determine if blockage exists in a patient’s veins and/or arteries. This procedure is often useful for patients that have symptoms of leg pain (at rest or exercise), leg swelling, etc.
VNUS Closure (RF Ablation), (VENA-Seal)
The VNUS Closure procedure is a new treatment option now available for patients who have varicose veins which are painful and/or cause leg heaviness or fatigue. This simple office procedure utilizes a tiny catheter which is powered by radiofrequency (RF) energy. The catheter delivers heat to the vein wall which causes the vein to shrink and seal close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.
The Diagnostic Center, at CFHC, offers a full-range of pacemaker/AICD services for patients who have implantable devices. Evaluation and monitoring services for most devices may be performed by either visiting our office, or transtelephonically. CFHC cardiologists, together with our nursing staff, offer a level of care to our patients that can only be attained by extensive training, experience, and dedication.
CFHC is proud to offer our patients high-quality laboratory testing, in our convenient, fully CLIA accredited on-site laboratory. Our clinical laboratory is equipped with sophisticated hospital-grade equipment, and is staffed by Licensed Medical Technologists. In addition, our team of highly-experienced laboratory assistants provide service to our patients which is both caring and compassionate.
As part of CFHC’s goal to provide comprehensive healthcare services to our patients, CFHC offers a variety of radiology services.
Central Florida Heart Center is devoted to providing comprehensive care for you and your family. In addition to educating our patients of the importance of preventative medicine, our board-certified internists has broad experience in such areas as diabetes, lung disorders, hypertension, as well as most other adult health care issues.