Cardiology department is often times the area where patients first have access to specialized heart care and long-term management of their conditions. We offer the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies to patients of all ages. We provide state-of-the-art tests and procedures to help make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan. We see patients with very common heart problems, such as angina, artery problems, valvular heart disease, and heart failure. We also treat patients with some very rare forms of heart disease, including those who have been told by other doctors that their condition cannot be treated.
Our cardiologists use a broad range of treatment options to give each patient the best care possible. These include lifestyle modification recommendations, medications and procedures. Our cardiologists also work closely with our team of cardiovascular surgeons, should surgery be the best treatment option.
The primary mission of the Cardiology department is to deliver high quality, cardiovascular care to all of our patients by:
Offering the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies to patients of all ages.
Providing state-of-the-art tests and procedures to assist in accurate diagnosis and planning of treatment.
Listening carefully to our patients’ concerns and trying to devise the very best evaluation and treatment plans for each individual.
- Heart Attacks
- Myocardial Infarction
- Adult Congenital heart disease
- Aortic disease
- Hypercholesterolemia and risk factor modification
- Family history of coronary disease
- Heart disease symptoms:
- Chest pain or discomfort (angina) Shortness of breath
- Leg swelling
- Invasive & Interventional Cardiology
We offer cutting-edge diagnostic tests
and nonsurgical interventional treatments for patients presenting along the entire spectrum of cardiac and cardiovascular disease. For patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who require an invasive evaluation, our physicians often perform intravascular imaging and/or flow-based physiologic evaluation to better understand what lesions require further treatment. In addition to routine percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), our doctors are comfortable with the adjunctive use of ventricular support devices when necessary and some specialize in opening vessels that are chronically occluded (CTO).
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered device placed in your chest to monitor your heart rhythm and detect irregular heartbeats. An ICD can deliver electric shocks via one or more wires connected to your heart to fix an abnormal heart rhythm.
You might need an ICD if you have a dangerously fast heartbeat (ventricular tachycardia) or a chaotic heartbeat that keeps your heart from supplying enough blood to the rest of your body (ventricular fibrillation). Ventricles are the lower chambers of your heart.
ICDs detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The device continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary. An ICD differs from a pacemaker — another implantable device used to help control abnormal heart rhythms.
- Cardiovascular Imaging
We the most advanced technology available to capture images of the heart. These various techniques allow physicians to make accurate diagnoses and determine the best treatment for each patient. They also offer better patient safety during treatments. Our specialists determine the most appropriate way to image or study the structure and function of the heart in order to diagnose many types of heart disease. They are also experts in the treatment and long-term management of many types of heart conditions.
Obtaining and interpreting images of the heart are critical to the successful management of any cardiac disorder.
A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. It’s used to help your heart beat more regularly if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), particularly a slow one. Implanting a pacemaker in your chest requires a surgical procedure.
- Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing
We offer a variety of highly specialized approaches to heart-rhythm problems. The procedures may be used to diagnose a heart problem or to treat it. Arrhythmia treatment depends on the type and severity of the arrhythmia. In some cases
of arrhythmia, no treatment is necessary.
The Cardiopulmonary Function department provides various procedures to evaluate heart and lung functions. It also offers various services for patients admitted to Curaçao Medical Center with breathing problems or difficulties. Cardiopulmonary Function has two rooms available for treadmill testing, where patients will walk on a treadmill to evaluate the heart, new ultrasound devices to capture visual heart motion and pictures, and new pulmonary functions testing equipment that can test lung function and evaluate breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema. Other procedures performed by the department include but are not limited to: ABG, EKG, EEG, Echocardiography, various cardiovascular stress testing, Pulmonary Functions Testing, bronchoscopy assistance, and various respiratory care modalities including ventilator care.
Cardiopulmonary function is supported by Pulmonologists to provide high quality care to patients with breathing problems or to help manage their chronic lung disease. The staff also helps to identify any equipment or needs when patients leave the hospital, such as oxygen, breathing medications or equipment.
Our patients benefit from our experienced team who customize a program of exercise, education and counseling to help reduce the risk of disease or slow its progression.
Benefits of our Cardiopulmonary services and treatments :
- Improve physical, heart, vascular and lung function
- Improve strength and stamina
- Return to work or normal activities quicker
- Understand your heart, vascular and lung disease
- Modify unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, overweight, and physical inactivity
- Enhance your self-confidence and improve your quality of life following a cardiac event
- Reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke
- Reduce hospitalizations
Jan Eize Lindeboom - Cardiologist
Mi a kuminsa mi karera komo Dr di kas. Despues mi a bai specialisa mi mes komo Dr di kurason. For di 2001 te ku 2017 mi a traha na Rijnstate Arnhem hulanda komo miembro di staf y kada anja mi tabata bini Korsou pa traha pa un periodo di 1 luna.
Na 2018 Dr. Scheper a pidi mi pa bin traha pa un tempu indefini. Te ku 2010 mi a keda hasi e trabou di Dr di kas banda di e trabou komo specialista di kurason. Benefisio di esaki ta ku mi ta atende y trata e patient for di un bista muchu mas amplio. Teniendo kuenta ku polisa di trabou mi ta hasi mi esfuerso pa mi patient nan tin e mihor kalidat di bida. Mas despues den mi karera mi a sigui spesialisa mi mes pa ku ritmo iregular di kurason pa entre otro implanta diferente sorto di marka paso (pacemaker). Na hospital Erasmus na Rotterdam mi a siqui spesialisa mi mes pa trahando den grupo na CMC nos por ehekuta operashon nan ku normalmente ta wordu hasi den exterior.
Juan Molina Monsalve - Cardiologist
Dr. Molina is a specialist in Cardiology with a special interest in Heart Failure and non-invasive cardiovascular studies. He specializes in the care of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases.
In the clinical area, he can address acute cardiovascular pathologies from emergency to discharge and monitor their progress during hospitalization, with an updated vision of Cardiology and his ability to work as a team.
In the polyclinic area, he cares for patients with suspected cardiovascular disease in order to accurately establish their diagnosis and carry out an adequate treatment plan. He is willing to work with all the Cardiologists of Curaçao to optimize the cardiovascular health of the population with a preventive and curative cardiology of the highest quality.
Olivier Witte - Cardiologist
Olivier Witte, M.D., became a cardiologist in 2016, trained at the Isala Klinieken in Zwolle, and afterwards also followed a Fellowship in the field of Cardiac Devices.
For his P.H.D. He focused on lead extractions, a topic that ties in with his Fellowship. During that period also became a Certified EHRA-Cardiac Device Specialist.
Dr. Witte is a highly specialized expert in the field of pacemakers, ICDs and CRT technology. In addition, his experience is in a high-volume clinic with JCI accreditation, which means he works efficiently and safely.
Jose Navarro Mendez - Intervention Cardiologist
Dr José Manuel Navarro, originally from Venezuela has a postgraduate degree in cardiology and interventional cardiology from Spain. As an interventional cardiologist, he performs invasive treatment in the Cathlab unit in patients with or obstruction of the heart arteries (coronary arteries) in acute patients with acute infarction as well as in patients with stable angina, including coronary functional evaluation (FFR) and tomography ( OCT). He also performs the invasive treatment of the aortic valve with the placement of a valve prosthesis in patients with aortic valve obstruction (TAVI). Dr. Navarro also has expertise in 1 or 2-lead pacemaker implantation in patients with electrical conduction problems in the heart. All these procedures allow CMC to stay at the forefront, being a reference center in the Caribbean for patients with cardiac pathology
Tamara Martha, Medical - Cardiologist
Drs. Tamara Martha is a medical Cardiologist, specialized in echocardiography. She completed her specialization at Catharina Ziekenhuis in Eindhoven, Netherlands. She also has a great interest in treating heart failure patients. After her studies, she worked in the Netherlands after which she moved to Curaçao. Drs. Martha started at CMC in February 2021 where she works at the outpatient and inpatient departments, emergency room and the Coronary Care Unit where she treats patients with different cardiac problems. She speaks Dutch and English.