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Heart and Vascular Care

Heart care

At Florida Hospital Dade City, we take care of hearts. We help patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, atherosclerosis and chest pain. Our award-winning heart program includes diagnostic services, intervention, prevention, rehabilitation, free annual heart screenings, support groups and more.Heart and Vascular Care


Award-Winning Heart Care

Our award-winning heart program is evidenced by several accreditations, including an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, and a Certification in Atrial Fibrillation by The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
In addition, The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) designed Florida Hospital Dade City as a Primary Stroke Center. Criteria for this designation requires the hospital to have a 24/7 multi-disciplinary stroke team to care for patients, in addition to advanced diagnostics and a coordinated relationship with emergency responders.


Non-Invasive Cardiology

If you have signs and symptoms of heart or vascular disease, these tests are the first steps that your doctor may take in your heart care.
Nuclear Stress Tests are imaging tests that use special cameras and a radioactive substance, known as a tracer, to create pictures of your heart. These pictures will allow your doctor to see the function and distribution of blood flow to your heart muscle. They will also help screen for coronary artery disease.
Non-invasive diagnostic imaging is also used to provide images of the heart muscle, valves, veins and arteries. Imaging technologies include magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), computed tomography angiography (CTA), traditional X-rays and echocardiograms.
Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart done to view the chambers of the heart and the heart valves. This test allows the doctor to assess both the structure and function of your heart.

Invasive Cardiology

If a heart screening exam such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) or stress test suggests you may have a heart condition, your doctor may order other tests to see how well your heart is working, to open a blocked artery, or to fix a heart rhythm problem.
Cardiac Catheterization allows your doctor to see the function of your heart valves and the blood flow in your coronary arteries which supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. During this procedure, a long, narrow tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your arm or leg. This catheter is guided by your doctor to your heart with the help of a special X-ray machine. This test enables your doctor to diagnose various heart conditions including coronary artery disease, defective heart valves and congenital heart defects.
Angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is used to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow to your heart muscle. During this procedure, a tiny balloon on the end of a catheter is inflated to widen your artery by pushing plaque against the artery wall.
Stent placement is also used to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow. A stent is a small mesh tube that is placed inside the artery to hold it open so blood flows freely.
Electrophysiology studies are used to locate an abnormal heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia, within the heart. These studies will help you and your doctor decide which treatment plan options are right for you, which can include medication, an ablation, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or surgery.
Cardioversion for A Fib is used to convert atrial fibrillation or flutter to a normal heart beat called sinus rhythm. Sometimes this can be achieved with medications but sometimes it requires a synchronized electrical shock given by the cardiologist and their team.

Vascular care

Your vascular system consists of a network of blood vessels including arteries, veins and capillaries that transport blood to and from your heart. If you suffer from vascular disease, it could contribute to a heart attack or stroke. Florida Hospital Dade City treats a variety of vascular issues that affect arteries and veins including:
  • Aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis

  • Blood clots

  • Buerger’s disease
Deep vein thrombosis

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Varicose veins

Extra Care for Your Heart

Taking care of hearts is more than medicine. We also provide the following resources to help our community prevent heart disease, recover from heart disease-related issues and live well:
  • Heart-healthy physician talks
  • Annual free heart screenings
A paved and shaded fitness trail behind the hospital
CREATION Health 8-week program
  • In coordination with our sister facility, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, we provide:

  • Heartbeat Support Group

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

  • Heart-healthy cooking demonstrations


Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Florida Hospital Dade City understands that time is critical during a heart attack. That’s why we want you to know and recognize the early warning signs so we can help you quickly:
  • Chest pressure, squeezing, aching or burning

  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Anxiety

  • Nausea

  • Back pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Feeling of fullness
If you or someone you know shows signs of a heart attack, Call 9-1-1 Immediately!

Signs and Symptoms of A Fib

Atrial Fibrillation is a leading cause of Strokes and can lead to a significantly reduced quality of life. Thankfully, Florida Hospital Dade City can diagnose and treat this rhythm disorder. Warning signs of Atrial Fibrillation include:
  • Racing or fluttering heart beat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Anxiety
If you or someone you know shows signs of A Fib, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
If you need a primary care physician or specialist, call our free physician referral service at (833) 300-2371. Our physician referral service will help you locate a physician near your home and can even help you schedule your first appointment upon request.