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Heart Center of Excellence

The Heart Center of Excellence at Florida Hospital North Pinellas is committed to providing the best cardiovascular care available for our neighbors in Tarpon Springs. Whether you come to us through the emergency room or a recommendation from your primary care physician, we offer cutting-edge cardiovascular treatments and procedures to help restore your heart to working order. 
 
The Heart Center features highly qualified, board-certified electrophysiologists and cardiologists—including expert cardiologists specializing in interventional cardiology—and has a well-established Cardiology Department. In addition, we are an Accredited Chest Pain Center, which demonstrates our level of expertise in treating chest pain cases. We have a successful ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Program, designed to successfully diagnose and effectively treat a very dangerous type of heart attack. 
 
As part of our commitment to better serving our community, the Heart Center recently upgraded its cardiovascular services with the purchase of a GE Vivid S6 Echocardiogram. This sophisticated instructed has advanced capabilities, and can help our experts more quickly and accurately diagnose cardiovascular diseases, especially diseases of the heart valves, in a noninvasive manner and without side effects. In addition, our onsite catheterization lab makes it easy and convenient for you to get the critical tests you need to evaluate your heart health. 
 
No matter your heart condition, we have the tools, technology and expertise to help: exceptional people providing exceptional care. At Florida Hospital North Pinellas, we’re committed to helping you achieve wellness and better quality of life, and are dedicated to serving our patients and our community in a comfortable, patient-centered, state-of-the-art environment. If you have any questions about our services, please give us a call today at (727) 943-3600 or toll-free at (877) 482-4362.  
 

Procedures and Treatments

At the Heart Center of Excellence at Florida Hospital North Pinellas, we’re proud to offer our patients the latest, most advanced cardiovascular treatments and procedures. These include:  
  • Balloon angioplasty: In this procedure, a small balloon at the tip of a catheter is inserted near the blocked or narrowed area of the coronary artery. The balloon is then inflated, compressing the plaque blockage against the arterial walls and widening the blood vessel to improve blood flow. Often, this procedure is performed in combination with the insertion of a stent, a small metal tube that provides support within the artery. 
  • Carotid stenting: As people age, plaque oftentimes builds up inside the carotid arteries, and as the plaque enlarges, the arteries can become stuff and narrow. Carotid stenting re-establishes the blood flow in blocked carotid arteries through the insertion of a slender metal-mesh tube inside the artery. This tube, inserted through an angioplasty, presses against the plaque, flattening it and reopening the artery. 
  • Drug-eluting stents: These stents contain a medication designed to reduce the risk of restenosis, a narrowing of the artery wall after treatment due to inflammation. 
  • Electrophysiology study: This inpatient or outpatient procedure is used to identify potential heart arrhythmias. 
  • Heart catheterization: Either an inpatient or outpatient procedure, a heart catheter checks internal heart pressures and the coronary arteries for blockages that may require a balloon angioplasty or stenting of the artery. 
  • Peripheral vascular procedures: These procedures evaluate the blood vessels of the legs, kidney arteries, carotid arteries and subclavian vessels. If a critical blockage is located, physicians may perform a balloon angioplasty or arterial stenting. 
  • Permanent pacemaker and defibrillator implants: In this procedure, which can be performed either on an inpatient or outpatient basis, implants are inserted to assist patients with arrhythmias or dysrhythmias in achieving and sustaining a normal heartbeat.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: RF ablation, as it is commonly called, is used to eliminate arrhythmias.
  • Rotoablation: Also called percutaneous transluminal rotational atherectomy, or PTRA, this procedure uses a special catheter with a diamond-coated tip that is guided to the narrow point in the artery. The tip grinds away at the plaque on the artery walls, washing the plaque safely into the bloodstream, where it is filtered out by the liver and spleen. 
  • Tilt table procedure: This inpatient or outpatient procedure is used to detect episodes of syncopy, or fainting, which can sometimes be the byproduct of transient ischemic attacks.