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Life-Saving Cardiovascular Care

At Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, our specialists use decades of experience and the very latest diagnostic and interventional procedures and technology to treat cardiovascular disease and save lives. And, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel’s Emergency Department has the only STEMI (an ST-Elevation Myocaridal Infarction, a very serious type of heart attack during which ones of the heart’s major arteries is blocked) team in Tampa Bay that are all Interventional Board Certified Cardiologists.

Using the latest technology to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease, our team department brings lifesaving heart disease treatments to our community. Since time is a critical aspect of healing, we are able to perform many of the diagnostics, procedures and treatments right here in our facility. That means you get these testing procedures and treatments faster to prevent increased damage to your heart tissue:
We understand that no two conditions are alike, so we work with each patient individually to determine a medical, exercise and dietary plan to fit their needs. We can even provide electronic feedback of how the plan is working to your doctor. Our graduated method helps patients modify their lifestyle habits in a way that works.

Heart Disease Testing Procedures at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

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.
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. This lab is also an integral part of the cardiovascular disease treatment mentioned below.
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.
EKG (Electrocardiograms)
This test measures the electrical activity of the heart and translates the activity into a graph for doctors to determine if the activity is normal.
Echo/Vascular Testing
Using the most advanced technology for cardiac imaging, this test allows doctors to visualize the heart’s appearance and function using ultrasound waves.

PCI: The First Lifesaving Step
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, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel acts 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 can determine the best treatment for the patient’s condition.
PCI may 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.

Vascular and Pulmonary Therapies and Special Procedures

Once a patient’s heart disease or lung disease is confirmed, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel provides these advanced treatments for the condition:
Respiratory Therapy
With the area’s top respiratory therapists, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel provides every respiratory service needed, including respiratory assessments and treatments, emergency management of the airway and ventilator management.
Pulmonary Function Testing
To test for obstructive or restricting lung disease, this test uses instructional breathing techniques to determine the patient’s lung volume and capacity.
Interventional Radiology
Using the latest minimally invasive technology available, our specialists perform various procedures that decrease pain and recovery time. Whether outpatient or inpatient, these procedures can include:

  • Carotid angiography
  • Picc line placement
  • Abdominal aortic angiography
  • Renal angiography
  • Dialysis catheter placement
  • Management of dialysis grafts/fistulas
  • Abscess drainages
  • Peripheral interventional procedures
  • And more.

Developing Technology
As technology and procedures develop, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel works to provide patients the best care available. One example of updating procedures, transradial access, changes the way an angioplasty is performed by gaining access to the heart through the radial artery in the wrist rather than the femoral artery in the groin.

Find out more about this alternate procedure using our FAQs below:

What is transradial access?
Transradial access uses the radial artery found in the wrist as an entry point for diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures.
Is transradial access something new?
No. Physicians have been performing transradial procedures for more than 20 years. In fact, it is the preferred method in many countries outside the US.
How does it compare to transfemoral access?
Both are viable access options, but each technique has perceived benefits and limitations. For instance, transradial access procedure reportedly causes less pain and recovery time for the patient, but requires a physician to learn a new technique rather than relying on experience.

Benefits of transradial access include:

  • The patient can be on blood thinners without affecting the procedure
  • Almost no incidence of bleeding complications
  • Greater access success for obese patients and patients with peripheral cardiovascular disease.
  • Quicker mobility after the procedure
  • Quicker discharge from the hospital

Can transradial access be utilized 100% of the time on all patients?
No. In some patients, transradial access is not possible, so femoral or brachial (elbow) access may be used.
How do you determine if I am a good candidate for transradial access?
Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for transradial access based on your pulse and the type of procedure needed.