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Ocala Heart Institute in Leesburg offers a full range of heart and lung services that rank among the best Florida cardiovascular care treatments in the country.

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Teamwork & Excellence! Dedicated to individualized care, from initial evaluation to post-operative care, Ocala Heart Institute in Leesburg ensures patients a streamlined continuity. Having the same team of caregivers reduces confusion and increases quick response to changes in health.

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More than Hearts! Because of the name Ocala Heart Institute, many mistake thinking all we do is heart surgery. When in actuality, we provide the same degree of quality and expertise in performing lung, esophageal and pacemaker surgeries.

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Our Locations
The Ocala Heart Institute has six locations serving the following areas of Florida: Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Cape Coral & Naples.
Welcome to Ocala Heart in Leesburg, Florida!

Serving Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties, Ocala Heart Institute’s Leesburg location offers a full range of heart and lung services that rank among the best Florida cardiovascular care treatments in the country. Our team approach is a collaboration that draws on the knowledge and skills of top medical specialists in thoracic surgery.

Ocala Heart Institute founders had one goal in mind when the first facility opened its doors over two decades ago in: honor God by using our medical talents to improve the health of the world’s population. We’ve provided superior heart and lung care at six Florida facilities and by participating in missions that take us to remote areas of the world to perform operations that are otherwise unavailable to the people.

Our heart surgeons have performed hundreds of minimally invasive valve surgery procedures with excellent results.

Performing thousands of life-saving heart procedures each year, our experience and expertise has a proven success record of preventing/repairing heart and lung disease. Leesburg Ocala Heart Institute upholds the tradition of superior cardiovascular and lung services and offers one of the largest open-heart programs in the state. Our skilled familiarity with the latest and most sophisticated technology such as the Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, minimally-invasive heart valve surgery, and the new TAVI procedure has opened up new possibilities for high-risk patients.

Dedicated to individualized care from initial evaluation to post-operative care, Leesburg Ocala Heart Institute ensures patients of streamlined continuity. Having the same team of caregivers reduces confusion and increases quick response to changes in health. With everyone working in cooperation, percentages of successful outcomes also increase. Care does not cease once the procedure is over. Our cardiac rehabilitation program is built on three phases and is considered one of the best in the nation. You and your team will draft a healthcare plan that includes education, cardiac reconditioning, and long-term lifestyle changes such as cholesterol lowering diet and/or medication, quitting smoking, and regular exercise to reduce risk of future heart problems.

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Ocala Heart Institute is an association of Invasive/Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic/Thoracic Surgeons and Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists working together to provide quality care for cardiac and thoracic patients.

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The Best Cardiovascular Care
For superior cardiovascular surgery, Leesburg Ocala Heart Institute pledges to provide quality acute care and service excellence when treating the following conditions: congestive heart failure, Dor Procedure, thoracic surgery, angina pectoris, peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, aneurysm repair, defibrillator and pacemaker implants and other treatments for lung and cardiovascular disease.
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
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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 Institute
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