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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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Heart specialists in Florida's Tampa Bay area

At HCA Florida Largo Hospital, you’ll receive expert care from one of the most dynamic, multifaceted heart health centers in the state of Florida.

Here, you’ll have access to a full spectrum of cardiovascular services as our dedicated heart care teams work together to determine the best treatment that is right for you – from screenings and diagnostics to treatments and recovery services. We specialize in cardiovascular services with advanced heart failure care, such as left ventricular assist device procedures and heart transplants.

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.

Cardiovascular conditions we treat

Our heart and vascular specialists treat a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
  • Aneurysms
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cerebrovascular accidents
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Congenital heart diseases
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Coronary artery diseases
  • Heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Thrombolysis
  • Valve diseases (including aortic stenosis)
  • Vascular disease
  • Vascular malformations
  • Varicose veins

Our complete heart care program

Our cardiac team includes some of the region's most respected cardiologists, cardiovascular thoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and electrophysiologists. These heart and vascular physicians are committed to getting you the help you need by developing a treatment plan that gets you back to the healthy, active lifestyle you deserve.

Our diagnostic heart screening and imaging services

We provide advanced heart screening and imaging services, which include echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, nuclear medicine and stress tests. Our cardiac center provides advanced heart screening and imaging services, which include echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, nuclear medicine and stress tests.

We also perform other diagnostic services, such as cardiac catheterization.

Our cardiovascular treatments

Whether you have clogged arteries or experience a heart attack, our nationally accredited cardiovascular program offers a wide range of diagnostic procedures as well as minimally invasive surgeries.

With our full range of cardiology services and treatments, our heart doctors ensure your optimal heart health, correct abnormalities and restore blood flow to the heart. We also determine your cardiovascular disease risk factors before any long-term damage is done.

The cardiology treatments and procedures we offer include:

Heart arrhythmia treatments

An arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, occurs when the heart’s electrical system isn't functioning properly. To diagnose arrhythmias, our heart hospital’s highly skilled electrophysiologists use our electrophysiology (EP) laboratory to perform diagnostic EP studies.

Once the source of the irregularity is identified, our heart care team offers many procedures and options to treat arrhythmias. Some of the ways they treat heartbeat abnormalities include pacemaker insertion, defibrillator implantation, ablation therapy and cardioversion.

Heart attack treatments

Our emergency room (ER) is prepared to provide lifesaving heart attack care 24/7. In fact, it offers you access to some of the most advanced technology and cardiac expertise in the state of Florida.

Our board-certified cardiologists work together with our emergency medicine physicians to quickly apply stringent, proven standards of care that produce the best possible outcomes for you. This reduces your chances of hospital readmission and helps prevent extensive damage to your heart.

Heart disease treatments

Our cardiologists and superior cardiac team are committed to providing effective, lifesaving treatment of all types of heart disease to help you improve your heart health and lead an active and full life.

Some of the treatments we recommend and offer include:

  • Lifestyle changes: We will develop a plan to help you make healthy lifestyle changes that will either decrease your risk of developing heart disease or help eliminate or control your heart disease. These lifestyle changes often include increasing your exercise levels, eating a healthier diet and ceasing smoking.
  • Medications: The type of medication prescribed will depend on the type of heart disease you have. These can include angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, aspirin, blood thinners, clot-dissolving medications or digoxin.
  • Surgery: When other treatments aren't successful, your physician may determine you are a good candidate for heart or vascular surgery. The type of surgery depends on the type of heart disease you have but may include bypass, stenting, device implantation, valve repair or other procedures. 
Heart failure treatments

Heart failure occurs when your heart gets weaker over time and can no longer function at its peak capacity. When this happens, cardiologists at our Advanced Heart Failure Center work with you to determine the best course of care for you.

Your comprehensive health failure treatment may include personalized plans for lifestyle changes, heart failure medications, infusion therapy and device implantations or, in extreme cases, a heart transplant.

Other heart and vascular surgical treatments

Our heart doctors may recommend surgery when other treatment options prove unsuccessful or when surgical care is simply the best treatment option.

Some of the minimally invasive and traditional heart and vascular surgeries we perform include:

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  • Heart valve repair and replacement
  • Hemodialysis (vascular) access placement
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation
  • Pacemaker implantation
Heart transplant surgery

Our Transplant Institute of Florida is the first on the state's west coast to offer heart transplantation surgery. This surgery may be the best solution when all other options have been exhausted in treating heart failure or other heart conditions.

The transplant qualifying process and journey can be a challenging one, but our dedicated transplant team is here to help. They will offer you support and experienced care every step of the way.

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