UF Health is proud to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology.
UF Health cardiologists focus on the prevention of heart attack and medical management of heart conditions that lead to and result from heart attack. Patients benefit from UF Health’s advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, and the multidisciplinary collaboration between UF Health’s nationally known heart and vascular experts.
Why Choose UF Health?
The UF Health cardiology team is made up of nationally recognized, board-certified experts who provide comprehensive prevention and treatment for all common and complex heart conditions. Our experts take a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to develop customized treatment plans for each patient, and use the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes.
UF Health is named a high-performing hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
When heart attack happens, every second counts. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you’re with seems to be having a heart attack.
Heart attack, also called myocardial infarction, is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is primarily caused by coronary artery disease. Known as the “silent killer” because people often are not aware they are at risk, coronary artery disease is a condition where fatty plaque builds up in the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle, leading to blockages of blood flow.
Any interruption of blood supply to the heart muscle results in cellular death of muscle tissue. Even when a person survives heart attack, the heart muscle will be damaged – placing the patient at risk of developing heart failure or rhythm disorders that significantly impact quality of life and can lead to death. Ongoing medical management and cardiac rehab are essential to achieving quality outcomes for heart attack survivors.
Conditions & Treatments
UF Health cardiologists are experts in the prevention and care of heart diseases, including the following conditions:
- Adult congenital heart
- Angina (chest pain)
- Atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders
- Blood clots
- Cardiac imaging/diagnostics
- Cardiac rehab
- Cardiogenic shock
- Coronary artery disease
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Heart abnormalities
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Hyperlipidemia/high cholesterol
- Hypertension/high blood pressure
- Peripheral artery disease
- Renal artery disease
- Subclavian artery disease
- Stroke prevention
Meet the Team
Thomas J Lewandowski, MD, FAC, FASECardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Ralph Matar, MDCardiologist (Heart Specialist)Languages: Arabic
Diego Moguillansky, MD, MSAdult Congenital Heart Disease Physician, Pediatric CardiologistLanguages: Spanish
Dhaval K Naik, DOCardiologist (Heart Specialist)Languages: Hindi, Gujarati
John W Petersen, MDCardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Mohammed Ruzieh, MDCardiologist (Heart Specialist)
David E Winchester, MD, MS, FACP, FACP, FCardiologist (Heart Specialist)
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Community and Patient Programs: Heart attack
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