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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 Sarasota, Florida

In the U.S., heart disease is the primary cause of death and a main cause of disability in American adults — we want to make sure you're not part of that statistic.

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital does this by providing comprehensive heart care. Our team offers advanced cardiovascular diagnostics and treatments as well as emergency services and rehabilitation. We are located near Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Venice, Florida — making us convenient to many communities. We look forward to helping you lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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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.

Our heart and vascular center's services

Our dedicated cardiovascular team is equipped with a wide range of advanced imaging modalities and technologies to diagnose and treat cardiac conditions. Our heart services include:

Cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab)

The cardiac cath lab is a secure and comfortable environment where we perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This lab assists physicians in meeting the health needs of each patient.

Procedures performed in the cardiac cath lab

As a diagnostic procedure, cardiac catheterization allows our cardiologists to:

  • Visualize and assess the severity of coronary artery disease
  • Evaluate the extent of disease in heart valves
  • Determine the type of therapy — including medical therapy, balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery — that is appropriate for you

Cardiac catheterization can also be used as a treatment. In our cardiac cath lab, the following procedures are performed:

  • Angioplasty and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) stenting to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels to the heart
  • Cardioversion for atrial fibrillation (AFib) to send electrical energy to the heart to restore a normal heart rate
  • Declotting of arteriovenous (AV) fistula to improve or regain blood flow in an irregular vein-artery connection in patients who are undergoing dialysis
  • Defibrillator implantation to pace the heart and correct cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • Directional and rotational atherectomy to remove plaque in blood vessels
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies and ablations to identify and treat cardiac arrhythmias
  • Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion to prevent blood clots — created by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — from traveling to the lungs
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion to help the heart pump blood
  • Interventional peripheral procedures to open blocked or partially blocked arteries supplying blood to the neck, head, abdomen and legs
  • Long-term continuous heartbeat monitor insertions and removals to capture irregular heart rhythms and transmit them to your cardiologist over a period of several months or even years
  • Pacemaker implantation to manage cardiac arrhythmias
  • Temporary pacemaker insertion to help regulate a heartbeat that has been temporarily out of rhythm
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms to view the heart valves and structure

Cardiopulmonary care and rehabilitation

Your heart and your lungs work closely together to take care of your body and provide it with the oxygen it needs. When you have troubles with one, you may often have symptoms or related conditions affecting the other as well. That's why we offer a cardiopulmonary care program. It includes diagnosing and treating cardiopulmonary diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, and teaching you how to live well with these conditions.

Cardiovascular disease

Heart disease is a serious condition that effects your heart and lungs. Our cardiopulmonary care teams can help create wellness plans designed around your specific needs that can reduce cardiac disease risks. This plan will typically include lifestyle changes, such as exercise and nutrition.

This is because physical inactivity, besides being a risk factor for heart disease, contributes to other risk factors — including obesity, high blood pressure and a low level of HDL ("good") cholesterol.

To condition the heart, try to get 30-60 minutes of exercise three to four times a week. (However, always check with a physician before starting any exercise program.)

You can also reduce your risk of heart disease with these tips:

  • Eat well and better to reduce high cholesterol
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Lose weight, if necessary
  • Perform daily low-intensity activities, such as walking for pleasure, gardening, yard work, housework, dancing and prescribed home exercise
  • Take blood pressure medication as prescribed
  • Quit smoking for good (Many programs are available to help you with this, and we can help you find one that fits your needs.)

Emergency heart treatment

Our experienced cardiac care team is prepared to treat a variety of conditions — including heart attacks — in our 24/7 emergency room (ER).

Symptoms of a heart attack

Knowing the signs of a heart attack and taking immediate action is essential. Seek emergency help if any of the following occur:

  • Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of the chest that spreads to the neck, shoulder or jaw
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Pressure, pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, back or lower chest
  • Anxiety or "sense of doom" with no apparent reason
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating or clammy skin
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Weakness

Ginger Mace - Sarasota Doctors Hospital

Ginger Mace has worked in healthcare for 30 years. Recently she was having chest pains, but was hesitant to go to the ER because of COVID-19. Here's her story of survival and how Sarasota Doctors Hospital helped.
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