Vascardio Heart and Vascular Institute

Welcome to Vascardio Heart and Vascular Institute

Vascardio Heart and Vascular Institute was founded by Doctor Francisco Dieguez who is one of the most recognized cardiologists in South Florida. He received his medical degree from Universidad Central del Este Facultad de Medicina and has been in practice between 11-30 years. Throughout his career he has worked in different hospitals in Dade County: Hialeah Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Palm Springs General Hospital and Palmetto General Hospital. Now he wants to provide a more personalized service to his patients in his new location Vascardio Heart and Vascular Institute.

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Cardiac stress tests

Stress testing measures how hard the heart works under physical stress to help diagnose coronary heart disease. Types include: exercise stress test with EKG, imaging stress test with echocardiography (stress echo) and nuclear scan with radioactive dye.


An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a noninvasive test using leads placed on the body to measure the heart’s electrical activity. EKGs detect abnormal heart rates, rhythms and more. An EKG may be part of an exercise stress test.


Angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked coronary arteries and improve blood flow to the heart. A tiny balloon is inserted into the artery and inflated. A small tube (stent) also may be inserted.

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization, performed with a flexible tube (catheter), enables diagnosis and treatment of certain heart conditions. The catheter, inserted into a blood vessel in the groin, arm or neck, is threaded to the heart. Special dye may be used.

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