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History

Since Florida Heart Group was founded in 1979, it has grown to become Florida's dynamic leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  Several of our cardiologists have been the first in our state to pioneer new cardiovascular procedures, and we strive to remain at the forefront of new technology and techniques. By providing a full range of cardiovascular services, our team of cardiologists and dedicated support staff has enabled tens of thousands of patients throughout Florida to live longer and healthier lives.

Florida Heart Group began in 1979 as a two-man cardiology practice with Dr. Philip Littleford and Dr. R. Charles Curry, Jr.  Dr. Kerry M. Schwartz joined Dr. Littleford and Dr. Curry in 1980, and by 1983 the cardiologists had established the first comprehensive cardiac arrhythmia service in Central Florida.  Our international group of providers blends substantial experience and training with a fiscally responsible approach to invasive and non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

FLORIDA HEART GROUP HISTORICAL DATES:

  • 1979:    Practice formed
  • 1980:    First practice to offer mobile Echo cardiography
  • 1983:    First practice to offer Cardiac Rehab, and first to have an office-based clinical research program
  • 1983:    Established the first comprehensive cardiac arrhythmia service in Central Florida
  • 1988:    Dr. R. Charles Curry was the first physician to insert an intracoronary stent in Central Florida
  • 1988-94:  Period of rapid expansion where we added many invasive, interventional, and non-interventional cardiologists
  • 1995:    27,000 square foot facility on Mills Ave. completed and opened
  • 1995:    Congestive Heart Failure Clinic founded 
  • 1997:    Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened within the Mills Ave. office
  • 2004:    New Altamonte Springs and Sebring offices were opened
  • 2004:    Became one of the first Orlando cardiology practices to implement an electronic medical record (EMR) system
  • 2008:    Sebring portion of practice sold
  • 2009:    Vein Center established 
  • 2009:    Cardiac PET service established
  • 2009:    GEMMS EMR and Practice Management system implemented

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The mission of the FLORIDA HEART GROUP, PA is to provide comprehensive cardiology care and to maintain the health and well being of our patients. Our physicians deliver care by keeping current with the latest technologies, therapeutics and procedures, which enhance the quality of life for our patients. Our goal is to provide quality care, leadership and compassion for our patients. Towards that goal, we constantly monitor and respond to the dynamic healthcare environment, in order to provide clinical excellence.