NCH Heart Institute

As Florida's top hospital for cardiac care, the cardiologists of NCH Heart Institute offer a breadth of services covering the full range of cardiac conditions. Whether you're a year-round resident of Southwest Florida or come to the area for a visit, you will find the cardiologists of the NCH Heart Institute ready to help.

To make an appointment or for more information, please call: (239) 624-4200

About Us

#1 In Florida for Overall Heart Care

The NCH Heart Institute, part of the NCH Healthcare System, is Ranked #1 in Florida again for Overall Cardiac Care. Committed to providing the highest quality of cardiovascular care, the NCH Heart Institute is a trusted name in Florida. The Institute is recognized for its Code Save-A-Heart Program, Open Heart Surgery Program, cutting-edge technology, quality physicians and staff, outstanding outcomes, and consistently high patient satisfaction ratings. Home to the first and only Open Heart Surgery Program in Collier County, the NCH Heart Institute has been a pioneer in the cardiac arena for almost two decades.

NCH Heart Institute Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Center

The NCH Heart Institute offers this revolutionary cardiac procedure to the residents and visitors in southwest Florida.

TAVR procedure can carry many benefits for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery for aortic valve disease and for patients with medical therapies that are no longer providing adequate treatment.

TAVR benefits include:

  • Minimally invasive approach with no large surgical incisions
  • Improved blood circulation 
  • Improved quality of life and life expectancy
  • Reduced hospital admissions for heart failure
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Typically does not require cardiopulmonary bypass or stopping the heart

What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)?

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is an alternative procedure to open heart surgery for some patients suffering with aortic stenosis (AS), a progressive condition where the aortic valve of the heart hardens and narrows, impacting the heart’s ability to move blood from the heart to the brain and body. If left untreated over time, aortic stenosis leads to heart failure and death.

This minimally invasive procedure enables the placement of a new balloon-expandable aortic heart valve into the body through the leg or chest by a catheter-based delivery system. As a balloon inflates, it expands the new valve into a secure place, replacing a patient’s diseased native aortic valve.

Though the TAVR procedure carries significant benefits for some patients, it is not suitable for every patient.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

Each individual patient is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians who will recommend if TAVR is the best treatment option for that patient based on his or her medical condition and other medical factors.

To see if you are a candidate for TAVR or to request more information on this procedure, please contact the NCH Heart Institute at 239-624-4200.

World Class Medical Professionals

NCH Heart Institute includes a multi-disciplinary group of cardiovascular thoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular anesthesiologists and dozens of highly skilled, compassionate colleagues-all widely renowned for their experience and success.

Cardiovascular Surgeons

The first and only open Heart Surgery Program in Collier County opened in 1996 with a dedication to excellence and has consistently earned recognition and top honors from the leading independent health care rating agencies. Using innovative procedures in coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair and replacement, our surgeons are committed to delivering excellence in cardiovascular care. The NCH cardiac surgery services rated 3-star and top 10% in the nation by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Cardiac Surgery Database.

Interventional Cardiologists

Interventional cardiology is the point of entry for prevention and treatment of heart disease. NCH’s Code Save-A-Heart program has provided life saving interventions for thousands of patients since its inception in the year 2000. Board-certified interventional cardiologists rely on decades of experience, advanced technology and the latest techniques to correct heart conditions without surgery. NCH Heart Institute is the area’s choice for diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Programs & Services

Latest technology and techniques

Our team of board-certified cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, and electrophysiologists use the latest technology and techniques to effectively diagnose and treat patients. NCH Heart Institute is an industry leader with its use of these new procedures and technologies.

  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
  • Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Electrophysiology - Ventricular & Atrial Mapping, Ablations, Atrial Fibrillation Ablations
Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Our Cardiac Catheterization Labs, home to the nationally recognized Code Save-A-Heart program, provide a range of services, including comprehensive diagnostic and interventional procedures.

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Coronary Angioplasty and Cutting Balloon Angioplasty
  • Intracoronary and Intra-arterial Stent Placement
  • Carotid Angiography
  • Diagnostic Renal Angiography and Renal Stent Placement
  • Peripheral Angiography, Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stent Placement
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Insertion and Placement
  • Permanent and Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker Insertion
  • AICD Insertion
  • Tilt Table Testing
von Arx Diabetes and Nutrition Center

American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized program taught by Certified Diabetes Educator RNs and Registered Dietitians

  • Nutrition classes and counseling
  • Diabetes self management program covering diet, exercise, medication, blood glucose monitoring and targets
  • Pre-Diabetes classes designed to delay or prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes
  • Diabetes caregiver workshops
  • Diabetes and insulin support groups
Cardiologists

At NCH Heart Institute, our mission is to educate patients about heart health and take preventive steps toward reducing the potential for cardiac damage. Our expert cardiologists are dedicated to understanding your medical history and exploring the most advanced and safest ways to care for your heart and guide you through recovery.

Electrophysiologists

Several board certified electrophysiologists have privileges to practice medicine at NCH. Studies performed by electrophysiologists help the physician diagnose electrical issues of the heart and determine the types of therapies that are best suited for the patient’s condition. Therapies include: medication, ablation, or insertion of a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Open Heart Surgery
  • Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
  • Open and Minimally Invasive Atrial Fibrillation Surgical Ablation
  • Pacemaker Lead Extraction
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
  • Abdominal Aortic and Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individualized treatment plans coordinated by RNs and Exercise Physiologists
  • Continuous monitoring of heart rhythm by wireless telemetry
  • Aerobic activity and low intensity strength training tailored to each patient’s individual needs
  • Educational classes: Nutrition, Exercise, Medication Management and Stress Reduction
  • Progress is communicated to your physician monthly or when there is a significant change
Cardiac Imaging
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Coronary Calcium Score
  • Echocardiography- 3D Echo & 2D Echo
  • EKG
  • Holter Monitor
  • Event Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Telemetry
  • Nuclear Stress Tests
  • Stress Echo
  • Vascular Studies
  • Tran esophageal Echo (TEE)
  • MUGA Scans
Heart Failure Clinic
  • Appointments available within 24-48 hours
  • Patients see same cardiologist each visit
  • Improved access to physicians and nurses
Pacer Clinic
  • Pacemaker and ICD monitoring, both in office and remotely from home.
Coumadin Clinic
  • Two locations: Naples and Bonita Springs
  • 8,000 patient visits/year
  • Home monitoring option available when criteria met
Wellness Centers
  • Two state-of-the-art fully equipped facilities
  • Professionally trained and certified staff
  • Programming available for patients following Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Monthly or annual membership available with no contract