Cardiovascular Services

The HCA West Florida Hospitals provide a network of comprehensive heart and vascular services, advanced diagnostic and treatment options for cardiovascular disease. Our teams include many of the area’s most respected cardiologists, cardiovascular/thoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, electrophysiologists and other specialists who work closely with our highly skilled nurses and health professionals.

Many of our hospitals have earned Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This protocol driven and systematic approach improves quality of care by allowing physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event.


Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common heart arrhythmia (abnormality in the heart’s rhythm), affecting more than two million Americans.

The heartbeat is controlled by electrical impulses that begin in the atria, or upper chamber of your heart. With AFib, these electrical impulses are erratic, causing a rapid and irregular heartbeat that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body.

If AFib or any arrhythmia is left untreated, it can lead to stroke or heart failure.

See the list below of AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers conveniently located near you. Please call (877) 442-2362 for a free physician referral, health information, or to learn about upcoming seminars near you where you can hear about AFib symptoms & treatments.

  • Irregular or rapid pulse or heartbeat
  • Dizziness, sensation of light-headedness
  • Sensation of your heart fluttering (palpitations)
  • Sensation of missed or extra heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Some people may not experience symptoms while others may have noticeable symptoms.

  • Paroxysmal – This type of AFib starts and stops suddenly, and symptoms might last for a few minutes or a few days.
  • Persistent – This type of AFib starts and never stops. It requires treatment to return the heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
  • Permanent – This type of AFib does not go away, even after treatment. It is important to control the heart rate and prevent stroke.
  • Antiarrhythmic medications
    • These medications will help slow down or speed up your heart rate, or return your heart rhythm to normal.
  • Electrical cardioversion or defibrillation
    • This involves placing paddles on the chest or back. An electrical current is passed through the chest wall to the heart to reset its electrical circuits, and attempt to return the heart rhythm to normal.
  • Automatic implantable defibrillator
    • A tiny defibrillator can be surgically implanted in your chest to monitor your heart rhythm. If a dangerous arrhythmia is detected, the device automatically shocks the heart in an attempt to return the heart rhythm to normal.
  • Artificial pacemaker
    • The pacemaker is surgically implanted in your chest. It takes over the job of providing the electrical impulses needed for establishing an appropriate heart rhythm.
  • Catheter ablation
    • Ablation therapy is a technique designed to treat irregular patterns and possibly eliminate the need for medication. A minimally invasive catheter is utilized to either burn (radiofrequency ablation) or freeze (cryoablation) abnormal electrical tissue in the heart that triggers erratic rhythms.
  • Surgical intervention
    • Various surgical options exist for AFib. Among the procedures include The Maze. It creates a pattern of scar tissue in the upper chambers of the heart. This makes a pathway for electrical impulses to travel through the heart and blocks the pathway for fast or irregular impulses.

If AFib or any arrhythmia is left untreated, it can lead to stroke or heart failure.

AFib is a type of arrhythmia. Different types of arrhythmias include:

  • Heartbeats that are too slow – bradycardia
  • Heartbeats that are too fast – tachycardia
  • Extra beats
  • Skipped beats
  • Beats coming from abnormal areas of the heart
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensation of your heart fluttering (palpitations)
  • Sensation of a missed or extra heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Cardiac Catheterization provides images of the heart and cardiac vessels for diagnosing and treating heart disease. Our Cardiac Catheterization Labs treatment and procedures include:

  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterizations
  • Angioplasty (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Balloon Angioplasty and Coronary Artery Balloon Dilation)
  • Coronary Artherectomy
  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Coronary Stenting

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs are designed to assist you with recovery after open heart surgery. You will learn more about heart disease and treatment, risk factor modification, recognizing heart symptoms, and monitored exercise under the supervision of Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses.

Many people of all ages who have heart conditions can benefit from a cardiac rehab program. You may benefit if you have or have had a:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart condition, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), angina or heart failure
  • Heart procedure or surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), including coronary angioplasty (balloon angioplasty) and stenting, valve replacement, or a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Our dedicated and specialized cardiovascular teams bring a wide range of experience and skills for the treatment of cardiovascular disease through open heart procedures. Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Valve Replacement Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Our experienced vascular and endovascular teams provide a wide range of treatment options inclusive of the latest minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vascular disease. Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Carotid Artery Stenting
  • Peripheral Vascular Artherectomy
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repairs
  • Endovascular Surgical Intervention

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