Cardiovascular Treatments & Services

The physicians and employees at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates are committed to providing our patients with the best available programs for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of artery and vein diseases. Our physicians maintain Board Certifications and are Affiliate Associate Professors in the USF College of Medicine, Department of Cardiology Our office labs are certified by ICAEL, ICANL, and ICAVL.

We offer treatment services that include:

Venous Disease & Vein Treatment
Venous disease currently affects over half of the U.S. population and is most common in women and people over fifty. Of those affected, only 10 to 15 percent of men and 20 to 25 percent of women will show visible symptoms in the form of spider or varicose veins. Non-visible symptoms include itching, burning, swelling, and/or a general feeling of heaviness or discomfort in the legs, symptoms that often get progressively worse throughout the day. A number of factors can increase a person’s risk for developing venous disease, including heredity, age, gender, obesity, pregnancy, and whether a person’s job requires them to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

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Invasive/Interventional Cardiology
Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that specifically utilizes catheter-based forms of treatment. While these forms of treatment are invasive, the patient is benefited greatly by experiencing minimal pain and shorter recovery periods, and, because only a needle stick is required for the catheter, there is a lack of any outwardly visible scars as a result. In most cases a general anesthetic is not needed although sedation is provided, and many patients report relief of their symptoms almost immediately. While invasive/interventional cardiology is not appropriate for every patient or situation, this form of therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

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Peripheral Vascular
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), sometimes referred to as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is a common condition that is classified as any disease occurring in blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. Around 5% of the adult population is believed to be currently afflicted with peripheral vascular disease, and because this condition can show the potential for arterial disease within the heart and brain, evaluation and treatment is highly recommended at an early stage. Symptoms of PVD include cramping, numbness, coldness, and/or weakness in the legs and feet, as well as a slowing of hair and nail growth and/or the presence of sores that won’t heal on the lower extremities.

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Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is defined as a blood clot that occurs within one of the body’s deep veins, and is most commonly found in the legs though at times can be present in the arms. Untreated DVT can result in a couple of very serious conditions and even death, so getting to your physician quickly for evaluation is essential. Blood clots prevent the flow of blood past the point of blockage, and, depending on the size of the clot, can result in tissue death and gangrene, sometimes requiring amputation of the affected limb. In the worst-case scenario, untreated clots can break off and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism (PE).

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Arrhythmia Specialists
Arrhythmia, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia, is any one of a group of conditions in which there is an irregularity of the electrical activity within the heart, resulting in a heartbeat that is either too fast, too slow, or is irregular. Arrhythmia can develop at any age and is usually not life-threatening; however, in some cases it can lead to stroke, passing out, heart failure, and in the worst case, cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a term used to describe unexpected death as a result of arrhythmia, and is one of the most common causes of death while an ambulance is en route to the hospital. Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia that usually presents the patient with heart palpitations, often remains undetected for years, and is sometimes the cause of strokes and heart failure. Bradyarrhythmia, also known as a slow heart rate, is a common cause of fatigue, dizziness with exertion, and even passing out.

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Diagnostic Testing
In the offices of the Tampa Cardiology Associates, we use only the most state-of-the-art
equipment and up-to-date procedures currently available, and strive to provide our patients with services that are both convenient and comfortable for them. We understand that every patient is unique and will have varying degrees of pain and/or mobility, so we offer a broad range of diagnostic testing methods available.

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Nutrition Specialists
While a healthy diet will not cure heart disease, eating a proper and balanced diet can help to alleviate current symptoms and prevent future heart disease. For those patients who are simply in need of a lifestyle change in order to achieve their optimal heart health and a better quality of life, the Tampa Cardiology Associates have a licensed nutritionist on staff.

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