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Integrative Medicine (Holistic Heart Health)

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Heart disease can be a result of genetics, lifestyle, and environment. Using creative means to address lifestyle and environmental issues can make the difference between debilitating heart disease and a life that is more fully lived.

At the University of Miami Health System, we are pioneering the way that physicians are trained in recent advancements in heart disease treatment. That means you, as a patient, are treated by physicians who are leaders and mentors in this field, true experts who have seen more cases of your type of heart disease than any other hospital in the region. 

At the same time, we realize that treating the whole patient means coordinating disease-specific care with holistic preventive and recuperative practices that address the risk factors for future or existing heart disease.

Cardiovascular conditions benefitting from complementary therapies include:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD) and atherosclerosis
  • Palpitations
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of heart disease
  • Chest pains not related to heart disease
  • Stress and muscle tension
  • Anxiety
  • Smoking addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleeping problems

Why Choose UHealth?

Leading edge care. The Lennar Cardiovascular & Integrative Medicine Center combines leading-edge care with integrative therapies that help you maintain heart health and prevent progression of cardiac disease.

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Treatments

  • Integrative Medicine Evaluation

    Our specialists will identify underlying cardiac conditions and risks and the therapies to best address those as complements of expert cardiac care.

  • Mind-Body Therapy

    A variety of procedures or techniques taught by trained practitioners can help you reduce stress and other cardiac risks. They may include:

    • Acupuncture
    • Yoga
    • Meditation
    • Relaxation techniques: Breathing exercises, guided imagery, and muscle relaxation, and massage
    • Tai chi
    • Meta-energetics: a sequential light touch acupressure technique for clearing negative emotions and enhancing well-being
    • Stress management training
  • Other Complementary Health Approaches

     

    • Functional medicine, nutrition, and weight managementfocus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.
    • Weight management

Tests

  • Genetic Testing

    Genetic tests may help determine the genetic causes of many inherited cardiac diseases. Your doctor may recommend echocardiography on a regular basis for family members with an identified variant. 

  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram

    A device (transducer) is pressed firmly against your skin and aims an ultrasound beam through your chest to your heart, producing moving images of the working of the heart.

  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

    This special type of echocardiogram is usually done when your doctor wants to look more closely at your heart to see if it could be producing blood clots. TEE uses ultrasound to examine the structures of the heart, by placing a small transducer into the esophagus.

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

    Wires (electrodes) attached to adhesive pads on your skin measure electrical impulses from your heart. An ECG can detect enlarged chambers of your heart and abnormal heart rhythms.

  • Treadmill Stress Test

    Your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored while you walk on a treadmill. It allows your doctor to evaluate symptoms, determine your exercise capacity, and see if exercise provokes abnormal heart rhythms. This test is sometimes performed with echocardiography. 

  • Holter Monitor

    For this test, you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. When your heart rate reaches peak levels, your doctor will take ultrasound images of your heart to determine whether your heart muscle is getting enough oxygen while you exercise.

  • Metabolic Stress Testing

    Electrical activity of the heart is measured while you walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle. In addition, your respiratory rate, tidal volumes, oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production are measured to gauge the heart and lungs' reaction to increased workloads.

  • Nuclear Stress Testing

    A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication. It involves injecting a radioactive dye into your bloodstream to highlight areas of low blood flow through the heart and damaged heart muscle.

  • Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA)

    CCTA uses an injection of iodine contrast material and CT scanning to examine the arteries that supply blood to the heart and determine whether they have been narrowed by plaque buildup.

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Cardiac MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the heart and detect or monitor cardiac disease.

  • Cardiac Catheterization

    This procedure uses a catheter threaded through blood vessels into the heart to see inside the heart, measure pressures, look at blood vessels and help determine therapy options. UHealth is home to the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which provides advanced imaging capabilities and pinpoint accuracy for new and complex procedures.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care