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Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical treatment of the heart and parts of the circulatory system as they relate to the heart. Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the cardiovascular system.

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Cardiology services in Brandon, Florida

The Heart and Vascular Center at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. For this, we have earned a reputation of excellence in cardiac care in the Brandon, Lakeland and Tampa, Florida, communities.

We provide a full range of services to help patients through the prevention, treatment and recovery of heart and vascular diseases, including stroke. As part of this, we take extra steps to make sure we provide evidence-based, quality care, and we consistently demonstrate positive patient outcomes.

Is your heart healthy?

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

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Heart services and treatments we offer

Our excellent heart services have been awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in the treatment of heart failure, bypass surgery and heart attacks. Some of our services include:

Heart screening and imaging

Clear and accurate imaging is crucial to confirming a cardiac diagnosis. Our hospital is equipped with a dedicated echocardiography laboratory where diagnostic imaging of the heart occurs. We use the latest heart imaging, screening and monitoring technologies, including:

  • Cardiac computerized tomography angiography (CCTA): This specialized CT scan allows for imaging of the structures and blood vessels in the heart. A contrast agent is used, which is administered intravenously, to highlight certain areas of the heart for more detailed imaging.
  • Diagnostic catheterization: This procedure uses a catheter that is inserted to the heart through the blood vessels to identify any blockages, assess heart function and diagnose heart conditions.
  • Echocardiogram: This imaging procedure uses ultrasound technology to examine the structure and function of the heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): This imaging exam uses electrodes placed on the chest to measure and chart the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) study: This diagnostic test is used to assess the heart's rhythm and identify if a heart arrhythmia is present.
  • Implantable loop recorder: This device is placed in the chest for long-term monitoring (up to three years) of your heart rhythm.
  • Nuclear cardiology: These are noninvasive techniques used to evaluate blood flow and heart function. A radiotracer agent is administered into the bloodstream and used to assess blood flow and highlight certain areas for imaging.
  • Stress testing: This test measures the heart's response to stress, such as exercise, in a controlled environment.
  • Tilt table testing: This test places you at an angled position and adjusts the position rapidly to measure changes in blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram: This specialized type of echocardiogram uses an ultrasound probe that is inserted through the throat to obtain unobstructed, clear images of the heart.
Pediatric heart diagnostics

Our pediatric program includes diagnostic services for children with heart disease. We provide specialized heart testing for kids, including:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Stress testing
  • Tilt table testing

Cardiac catheterization laboratories (cath labs)

The first cardiac catheterization at our hospital was performed in 1988. Today, our hospital is equipped with six state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs where we perform:

  • Angioplasty with stent placement
  • Biventricular pacemaker placement
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac catheterization septal ablation
  • Cardioverter defibrillator insertion
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump placement
  • Pacemaker insertion
  • Subcutaneous internal cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD) insertion
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device insertion

Heart arrhythmia care

The cardiac specialists at our hospital offer dedicated care for heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). There are many different types of heart arrhythmias, which range from being harmless to serious medical conditions.

We offer several treatment options for arrhythmias, including electrical cardioversion, cardiac ablation and surgically implanted devices, to regulate the heart's rhythm.

AFib care

If left untreated, AFib is known to lead to medical complications such as stroke and heart failure. However, through our cardiology program, we provide comprehensive care for AFib.

Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)

One treatment option for AFib is the LAAC implant, which is about the size of a quarter. It offers an alternative option to long-term blood thinner use. The implant permanently closes off the left atrial appendage in an effort to prevent harmful blood clots from entering the bloodstream, which can lead to a stroke.

This is a one-time procedure in which the device will be guided to your heart through a catheter, meaning there is no need for open heart surgery.

To learn more about the LAAC procedure, please call our cardiac administrator at (813) 916-0715.

Heart attack care

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate attention. The more time that passes without medical intervention, the more damage occurs to the heart muscle.

The emergency room (ER) at our hospital is open 24/7, and our team is always prepared to administer lifesaving treatment for chest pain. Our emergency physicians provide skilled, fast heart attack treatments, working promptly to diagnose your symptoms and restore blood flow to your heart.

If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, immediately call 911.

Heart attack risk factors

There are a number of factors that can contribute to your risk for a heart attack, such as:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress

The more risk factors that apply to you, the greater your chance of experiencing a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and any proactive steps you can take to help prevent a heart attack.

Heart attack treatments

When arriving at our emergency room, you will quickly be evaluated and receive diagnostic testing to confirm a heart attack diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we are able to restore blood flow to the heart. This is done by:

  • Removing a blockage in an artery through a balloon angioplasty and stenting
  • Administration of thrombolytic (clot-busting) medications

We also provide high-level care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks, which are diagnosed when an artery supplying the heart is completely blocked. Not every heart attack is classified as a STEMI because they can still occur when an artery supplying the heart is only partially blocked or temporarily blocked.

Our treatment time for STEMI heart attacks is below the national average, meaning we provide lifesaving intervention faster, when every second counts.

Following a heart attack, we are here to offer the continued care you need to restore your heart health through cardiac rehabilitation.

Stroke care

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, is caused by a blockage in an artery supplying blood to the brain or excessive bleeding in the brain. Our emergency physicians are highly trained in administering lifesaving treatments for strokes. In fact, The Joint Commission has certified us as a Primary Stroke Center for our fast, precise care for people coming to our emergency room with stroke symptoms.

Vascular care

Your heart and vascular systems are closely related. The heart is supported by the body's network of veins, arteries and blood vessels, and they work on behalf of your heart as well. Our heart and vascular specialists are committed to working hand-in-hand to provide you with total cardiovascular care.

We offer advanced treatments to restore blood flow to blocked blood vessels, which prevent proper blood supply throughout the body.

Heart and vascular surgery

Our cardiovascular surgeons treat a wide range of conditions affecting the heart, lungs, aorta and blood vessels. They have completed years of rigorous training and have expertise in performing a variety of heart surgeries.

The multidisciplinary approach we implement at our hospital ensures an accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate care for every person.

Cardiovascular surgical options

We offer traditional, open-heart and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including:

  • Aortic aneurysm surgery, including surgery for thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Aortic valve repair (stented or stentless)
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Balloon angioplasty and stenting
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Complex aortic root replacement
  • Congenital heart disease surgery in adults Convergent procedure
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • Endoscopic radial artery harvest for CABG
  • Endoscopic vein harvest for CABG
  • Heart arrhythmia surgery
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)
  • Left ventricular aneurysm repair
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Mitral valve replacement
  • Off-pump (beating-heart) CABG
  • Pacemaker insertion
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Vascular interventions

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation begins while you are still a patient in the hospital and continues as an outpatient program as you continue to heal. Cardiac rehab is focused on building strength and educating you on a heart-healthy lifestyle following cardiac surgery, a heart disease diagnosis or a heart event.

The cardiac rehab team offers support throughout your entire recovery, including lifestyle education and emotional support.

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