Comprehensive cardiovascular care in Sarasota, Florida

Heart disease is an epidemic in the U.S. it is the primary cause of death and a main cause of disability. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is focused on reducing that statistic by providing comprehensive heart care. Our team offers advanced diagnostic and cardiac treatment as well as emergency services and rehabilitation to patients throughout Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Venice.

To learn more about our cardiology services, call Doctors Hospital of Sarasota at (941) 342-1100.

Heart and vascular services offered

Our dedicated cardiovascular team is equipped with a wide range of advanced imaging modalities and technologies to diagnose and treat cardiac conditions . This includes our cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) and our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services.

Cardiac cath lab

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure allowing cardiologists to:

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

What should patients expect?

The cardiac cath lab is a secure and comfortable environment for patients and staff. It assists physicians in meeting the health needs of each patient.

In the cardiac cath lab, the following procedures are performed:

  • Left and right heart catheterization to diagnose or treat a variety of heart conditions
  • Pacemaker implantation to manage cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
  • Defibrillator implantation to pace the heart and correct cardiac arrhythmias
  • Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion to hinder blood clots—created by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)— from traveling to the lungs
  • Diagnostic and interventional peripheral procedures to open blocked or partially blocked arteries supplying blood to the neck, head, abdomen and legs
  • Angioplasty and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) stenting to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels to the heart
  • Directional and rotational atherectomy to remove plaque in blood vessels
  • Temporary pacemaker insertion to help regulate heartbeat pace that has been temporarily out of rhythm
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion to help the heart pump blood
  • Declotting of arteriovenous (AV) fistula in dialysis patients to improve or regain blood flow in an irregular vein-artery connection
  • Cardioversion (for atrial fibrillation) to send electrical energy to the heart to restore a normal heart rate
  • Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations to identify and treat arrhythmias of the heart
  • Transesophageal Echocardiograms to view the heart valves and structure
  • LINQ Monitor Insertions and removals to subcutaneously monitor and capture irregular heart rhythms and transmit them to your cardiologist

Emergency heart treatment

Our experienced cardiac care team is prepared to treat a variety of conditionsincluding heart attackin our 24/7 emergency room.

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, spreading to the neck, shoulder or jaw
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Lower chest discomfort
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating, clammy skin
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety or feeling a sense of doom with no apparent reason

Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

Besides being a risk factor for heart disease, physical inactivity contributes to other risk factors—including obesity, high blood pressure and a low level of HDL 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 risks of heart disease with these tips:

  • Have blood pressure checked regularly
  • If blood pressure medication is prescribed, take exactly as prescribed
  • Quit smoking for good (many programs are available to help)
  • Low-intensity activities, such as walking for pleasure, gardening, yard work, housework, dancing and prescribed home exercise when performed daily
  • Lose weight if necessary —this can be one of the most effective ways to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Eat well and better to reduce high blood cholesterol

Our cardiopulmonary care services can help with creating wellness plans to reduce cardiac disease risks.