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We have some of the best heart doctors, and heart surgery teams, in the United States. They plan and implement your heart or lung surgery, from start to finish.

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Working Together! Ocala Heart and Vascular Institute is an association of invasive, interventional cardiologists; cardiovascular, thoracic and vascular surgeons; and cardiovascular anesthesiologists; working together to provide quality care for cardiac, thoracic and vascular patients through the most minimally invasive surgery possible.

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More than Hearts! A collaboration of more than twenty years ensures you will be in exceptionally qualified hands, which has earned Ocala Heart and Vascular Institute recognition as a “Top 100 Hospitals for Heart Care” by Thomson Reuters several years in a row. Ocala Heart Institute’s expert care is not limited to the heart, and includes lung, esophageal, vascular and pacemaker surgeries.

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Our Locations
Since 1988, our affiliation with Munroe Regional Medical Center has expanded, and we now have affiliations with many hospitals in Florida. To better serve your needs, Ocala Heart and Vascular Institute has six locations throughout Florida; Ocala, Leesburg, Venice, Winter Haven, Stuart and Inverness in Citrus County.
Welcome to Ocala Heart Institute!

If you, or someone you love, have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease or suffered a heart attack and requires heart surgery, then put your heart in the right place; with our heart surgeons and their cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic medical teams at Ocala Heart and Vascular Institute.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you. My family and I will be forever grateful to you.
Nancy, Ocala Heart Patient's Wife

Every 34 seconds, in the United States, someone suffers a heart attack; a cardiology-related statistic which can be vastly reduced with a little prevention. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. One-third of adults in the United States has high blood pressure, and half of those individuals do not have their condition under control. Elevated cholesterol, diabetes, poor diet, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle are other contributors to heart health and heart and lung disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Ocala Heart Institute provides the highest standards of care for the diagnosis and treatment of the heart and vascular system, as well as the pulmonary system and other thoracic-related areas. Ocala Heart Institute strives to restore your vitality using state-of-the-art imaging, treatment modalities and minimally invasive procedures, such as the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic heart surgery.

As a patient of Ocala Heart Institute, you and your family are top priority. We understand that educating you and your family regarding the cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions, surgical procedures and options are vital in managing your expectations as a patient.

A Compassionate Cardiac Medical Team

Our heart and lung surgeons, at Ocala Heart Institute, dedicate their time and skills to the needs of the heart, lung and vascular patient. Each heart and lung doctor has a compassionate medical team, all of whom are specialized in the care of cardiovascular, thoracic and vascular patients, and they work closely with your general cardiologists.

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Quality Patient Care! From aortic heart valve replacements and heart stents to heart bypass surgery and pacemaker insertions, our heart and lung doctors and their teams will be by your side the entire time. During hospitalization, you are visited frequently by your cardiac team who are involved in the planning and implementation of your heart surgery, from start to finish. We have some of the best heart doctors, and heart surgery teams, in the United States who are on call for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The collaboration of the doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and staff make us who we are. We combine expertise, care and wisdom to help patients have a healthy life and family.

Ocala Heart Institute Testimonies

  • Dr. Galat
  • Dr. Lammermeier & Dr. Kuykendall
  • Dr. Kuykendall
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Dear Dr. Galat, It has been four months since my surgery and I feel great. I want to take this opportunity to Thank You and your team for the excellent treatment I received at Munroe Regional. I also wish to thank you for the prayers that you shared with me and my wife before and after my surgery. As you are aware I had successful surgery eighteen years ago in another city, but subsequent treatments were not serving me well. I am thankful that my Doctors recommended you to evaluate me and ultimately perform my surgery. It goes without saying that my wife and family are very grateful for your expertise and experience. Your leadership and commitment as a surgeon is highly commendable. Again, Thank You!
Mr. Lopez , Ocala Heart Patient
Dr. Lammermeier, Dr. Kuykendall, Jason & Tom: Thanks to all of you for giving of your time, expertise and kindness in helping us understand Rita's illness and in making decisions for her health care. You all have been there for us and have been a source of wisdom for us. Your gentleness and quiet confidence has been much appreciated and will always be remembered. May God bless you in your work.
The Geisel Family, Ocala Heart Patient's Family
Dear Dr. Kuykendall, Now it has been over nine years since February 11, 2003 when you performed 5 heart by-passes for my mother, Eris. These years have amounted to a much-appreciated gift to her, and to Dad, who she took care of until he passed away in September, 2007. (Mom) still remembers, with pleasure, your kindly care.
Bill, Ocala Heart Patient's Son
We have more testimonies about our heart doctors and their medical teams. Feel free to visit our testimonies page and see what other patients are saying about our heart & lung surgeons. At Ocala Heart, we strive every day to make a difference in each of our patients lives. Not only our patients, but their families as well. We are very thankful for each and every one of the patients, and their families, that have walked through our doors.
Sincerely, Ocala Heart & Vascular Institute
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