Cardiologists in St. Petersburg, Florida

The cardiovascular program at Palms of Pasadena Hospital offers innovative care in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Our cardiologists are dedicated to improving the health of everyone we treat.

We provide extensive cardiac testing and a range of treatment options, so we can treat patients with all types of heart disease. Our staff also works to educate the community on prevention and early detection tips to keep your heart healthy.

To learn more about our cardiovascular program, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 245-8328.

Emergency heart attack treatment

A heart attack is a serious cardiac event that requires immediate medical treatment. Palms of Pasadena Hospital is recognized as a receiving facility for patients with the most serious type of heart attack—an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). A STEMI occurs when an artery becomes completely blocked.

The physicians in our emergency room (ER) promptly diagnose heart attacks and administer lifesaving treatment, such as coronary stenting/balloon angioplasty to open blocked arteries and restore proper blood flow to the heart.

Heart screening and imaging

Our hospital is equipped with specialized cardiac imaging technology, including:

  • Arterial ultrasound study—This test uses ultrasound imaging to measure blood flow and circulation in the arteries that make up the body's vascular system.
  • Carotid ultrasound study—This imaging test uses ultrasound technology to examine if any carotid arteries in the neck have become blocked or narrowed. It also allows for the assessment of blood flow through the arteries.
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiogram—This imaging procedure uses CT scanning technology to produce detailed images of the heart and the blood vessels that connect the heart to other vital organs, such as the lungs, brain and kidneys.
  • Echocardiogram—This specialized ultrasound produces images of the heart's structure, such as the chambers and valves, and assesses if the heart functions correctly.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)—This imaging procedure captures the electrical rhythm of the heart and translates it into a graph.
  • Venous ultrasound study—This exam uses ultrasound imaging to examine circulation and blood flow in the body's veins.

Advanced cardiac testing

Sometimes, cardiac imaging alone can not lead to a proper diagnosis. We also perform the following invasive procedures to aid in cardiac assessment and diagnosis:

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization—This procedure is performed via a catheter and assesses how well the heart functions. It is also able to identify any structural and functional problems in the heart.
  • Fractional flow reserve (FFR)—This is a test performed during a cardiac catheterization to measure blood pressure in the coronary arteries.
  • Instant wave-free ratio (IFR)—This test is used to identify narrowed (stenotic) arteries and assess any limitations in blood flow.
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)—This imaging study uses a catheter fitted with ultrasound technology to visualize blood vessels in the heart.

Heart and vascular procedures

Depending on their diagnosis, some patients may require surgery to effectively treat their heart disease. Our hospital is staffed by expert cardiovascular surgeons with extensive experience in performing heart surgeries.

Our cardiovascular surgical services include:

  • Atherectomy—This procedure, used to treat peripheral vascular disease (PVD), uses a catheter to remove plaque from within the arteries and blood vessels.
  • Balloon angioplasty—This procedure is performed to widen an artery, typically a coronary artery, by inserting a catheter fitted with a balloon. Once navigated to the narrowed artery, the balloon is inflated, which pushes away plaque and restores blood flow.
  • Coronary stenting—Often performed in combination with balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting involves the placement of a stent in the coronary artery to keep the artery open and to prevent it from narrowing again.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation—This procedure places a small, battery-powered device in the chest that monitors the heart rate. If an abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the ICD will administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm.
  • Interventional cardiac catheterization—If a health condition is identified in a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, an interventional catheterization may be performed to treat it.
  • Open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair—This surgery repairs an abdominal aortic aneurysm by replacing the weakened, bulging area of the aorta with a graft.
  • Pacemaker implantation—The pacemaker device is implanted into the chest to help regulate slow heart rhythms and make sure the heart does not slow to a dangerous rate.

Cardiac catheterization laboratory

Our hospital's cardiac catheterization (cath) lab is where we perform diagnostic and complex interventional procedures when caring for critically ill patients with cardiac disease. Our heart specialists perform many of our advanced imaging studies, diagnostic heart tests and cardiovascular procedures in the cath lab.

Treatments for vascular disease

The heart and vascular systems are connected, and the treatments often mirror each other. Our vascular specialists offer the following vascular treatments:

  • Carotid endarterectomy to prevent cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Endovascular stenting of abdominal and peripheral aneurysms
  • Stenting of the peripheral arteries

Treatments for cardiopulmonary conditions

Due to the proximity of the heart to the lungs and airways, pulmonary care and cardiac care often overlap.. Our specialists offer specialized care for pulmonary disorders, including the following tests and treatments:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest tumor removal
  • Lung biopsy
  • Lung tumor removal

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

We offer dedicated care for patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases through outpatient services in our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department.

Pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation are available to adults and seniors. Our program offers the following services:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary education
  • Exercise therapy
  • Health promotion

Outpatient services are located in the Medical Office Building on the Palms of Pasadena Hospital campus. Our offices are on the first floor and are open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm.

For questions about our services, please call the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (727) 341-7741.

Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic

Palms of Pasadena Hospital offers patients with heart failure access to a local, community-based program at the Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic. The clinic is staffed by a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner, and the primary purpose of our clinic is to bridge the gap between hospital discharge and follow-up care.

The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic offers the following services:

  • Comprehensive heart failure education for patients and family members
  • Emergency administration of intravenous (IV) diuretic therapy, if needed
  • Medical therapy consistent with evidence-based practices
  • Rapid hospital follow-up within 24 to 72 hours after discharge

The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic is located across the street from our main hospital at 1609 Pasadena Ave. S. Suite 1E. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to noon.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call the Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic at (727) 341-7690.