At Florida Hospital Carrollwood, our medical staff draws upon decades of experience, the latest diagnostic and interventional procedures, and advanced technology to treat cardiovascular disease.
In a heart emergency, every minute counts. That’s why care often begins before you arrive, with critical response teams mobilizing to provide you rapid access to the latest diagnostics. We provide Code STEMI care — an emergency process that offers faster diagnosis and treatment to prevent increased damage to your heart tissue.
Our cutting-edge cardiac catheterization lab now offers diagnostic and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), allowing us to provide one-stop cardiac solutions when you need it most. We also understand that no two conditions are alike, so we work with each patient individually and their primary care physician to determine their best course of treatment and recovery.
Heart Disease Testing Procedures
Cardiac Stress Testing
Designed to optimize a doctor’s ability to diagnose heart disease, our stress testing capabilities include routine treadmill or echo stress tests as well as nuclear exercise tests with/without medications.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) measures the electrical activity of the heart and translates the activity into a graph for doctors to determine if the activity is normal.
Tilt Table Testing
To evaluate the cause of fainting — also called syncope and can be associated with cerebral ischemia — the tilt table test studies how the brain reacts to being tilted at a 65-degree angle.
Using the most advanced technology for cardiac imaging, this test allows doctors to visualize the heart’s appearance and function using ultrasound waves.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
In our lab, doctors perform diagnostic testing that assess the pumping function of the heart, examine the coronary arteries for blockages, measure the pressure within the heart and access the heart valves.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
When cardiovascular disease causes a heart attack, saving time is the best way to save the patient’s life and ensure heart tissue can be repaired. Using the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure, we can act fast to unblock a narrowed coronary artery without performing surgery. This saves vital heart tissue from damage with less pain and recovery time for patients. After clearing the artery with PCI, the cardiology specialist can determine the best treatment for the patient’s condition. PCI may also include these advanced procedures:
- Balloon catheter angioplasty. A cardiac catheter with a small balloon moves to the blockage and slightly inflates to open the narrowed passageway.
- Stent. A small, hollow mesh tube is placed in the artery to keep it open after a balloon catheter angioplasty is performed. For some patients, a drug-eluting stent, coated with medication to prevent narrowing, can be used.