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.

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.

Alternative to Blood Thinners

New alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for reducing stroke risk in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Learn more about the device.

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.


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.

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.

Mended Hearts Support Group

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

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.

Stroke Risk Self-Assessment Test

There are many factors that increase risk of stroke. Some are controllable, but others are genetic and can only be counter-acted with effort by you, and in collaboration with your physician. Take this brief survey to see how your stroke risk adds up.

Please select Yes or No for each question!

# Factor Answer
1. Age
2. Blood pressure
3. Cholesterol
4. Diet
5. Exercise
6. Smoking
7. Oral contraceptives
8. Drug or alcohol use
9. Diabetes
10. Atrial fibrillation
11. Cardiovascular disease
12. Prior heart attack,
stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)
13. I have stroke in my family
14. Clotting disorders
15. Migraines
16. Over 65

Your Score is:

  • If your score is 0 - 3, great news! You’re doing well at controlling your risk for stroke. Remember, though, that a single “High Risk” factor can put you at two times higher risk for stroke. Regular visits to your healthcare provider are important to identify health considerations unique to you.
  • If your score is 4 - 13, your overall risk is moderate. An answer of “I don’t know” is a yellow flag. Finding out can mean the difference between optimal health and a potential red flag. Minor changes in your controllable risk factors, plus regular healthcare checkups, can put you on the right path.
  • If your score is 14 or more, your overall risk of stroke is relatively high. Any one of these risk factors is a red flag. Make an appointment with your doctor soon to discuss stroke prevention.

If you do not currently have a primary care provider, click here to find a physician.

As many as 80% of strokes are preventable.

Risk factors are cumulative, so reducing even one will lower your overall risk of having a stroke.

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.