Learning that you have a heart or vascular condition can be a distressing time for you and your family. We understand your concerns, and we're here to help. We combine our medical expertise with a compassionate approach to provide care you can trust.
Diagnostic Imaging for Heart and Vascular Conditions
At Tampa Community Hospital, successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. In addition to complete physical exams, we offer full-service imaging technologies to guide diagnosis.
For diagnosing heart and vascular conditions, our physicians use technologies including:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Echocardiogram (ECHO)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- 64-slice MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Nuclear medicine
Treatment for Heart and Vascular Conditions
Our heart and vascular physicians and staff provide advanced, specialized care to help manage your symptoms and promote your recovery. Staff in our cardiac catheterization lab have received over 500 specialized training hours in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI).
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
In our cardiac catheterization lab, heart specialists open narrowed or blocked arteries to restore normal blood flow. During these procedures, the physician will insert a catheter (thin, flexible tube) through a blood vessel using live X-rays (fluoroscopy) as a guide. We use a transradial approach in our procedures for a shorter recovery time. This method makes patients more comfortable and decreases risk of complications. It is our goal to get you back on the road to recovery quickly.
Our cardiac catheterization procedures include:
- Angioplasty: Opens blood vessels using a tiny balloon to compress plaque against vessel walls
- Coronary atherectomy: Removes plaque from vessel walls with a sharp blade
- Coronary stent: Holds blood vessels open using a tiny, permanently implanted tube
- Intravascular ultrasound: Produces images of vessel walls using high-frequency sound waves
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): Refers to angioplasty, either with or without a stent
Contact Us for Heart and Vascular Care
For more information about our hospital, to get a physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions, call Consult-A-Nurse at (855) 245-8330.