The mission of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Heart Center is to provide exemplary comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients requiring cardiovascular care. At Fort Walton Beach, we emphasize the prevention and management of cardiovascular disorders, as well as advancing the use of innovative noninvasive approaches to treating patients without open-heart surgery.

Eric Sandwith, M.D., with Heart Surgery Team

We offer patients with heart disorders the broadest and most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options in North West Florida. In fact, Fort Walton was one of the first heart centers in the area to implant stents to open blocked arteries and to use drug-eluting stents to prevent re-obstruction of coronary vessels after stenting.

Patients have access to an array of cardiac treatment options, including medication, dietary adjustments, exercise, angioplasty, ablation and heart surgery. Our physicians have helped pioneer the use of minimally invasive procedures that enable a growing number of patients to avoid open-heart surgery. This translates into less patient discomfort, fewer medications and earlier discharges from the Hospital.

Programs and Services

Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiovascular Surgery

We provide cardiac patients with leading-edge medical and surgical options including state-of-the-art heart Surgery.

State-of-the-Art Cath Labs

While many patients come to our hospital for cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures, Fort Walton provides service to patients deemed high risk, inoperable or in need of a second opinion.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (Outpatient)

Outpatient Cardiac Rehab at Fort Walton Beach helps patients transition back to a normal, active life following a cardiac event or procedure.

Interventional Vascular Services

The staff provides comprehensive patient care for the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of vascular diseases and thrombotic disorders, as well as care of complex vascular disease.


We offer comprehensive treatment to patient with atrial Fibrillation, and other heart rhythm abnormalities using the latest technology, Cardiac mapping, both cryo and Radiofrequency ablations.

Mended Hearts Support Group

Support group for patients who underwent Bypass surgery offering a range of services – including heart disease prevention.

To speak with a registered nurse about your health questions or for a free physician referral, please call Consult-A-Nurse® 24/7 at (850) 864-0213.