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Cardiovascular

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.

We utilize a variety of diagnostic services to determine the type of cardiovascular disease and ideal treatment plan for each patient. This includes, but is not limited to:

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, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or surgery.

Nuclear medicine scans 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.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to determine how well your heart is working and allows for interventional procedures to be performed to correct blocked arteries.

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.

Interventional 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 a cardiac catheterization to see how well your heart is working or to open a blocked artery. Interventional cardiologists use this procedure to diagnose and treat heart disease using the following techniques:

Diagnostic 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.

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

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.

Extra Care for Your Heart

Taking care of hearts is more then 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 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 you can get help 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.