Proper testing

Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Early detection can change your life, so don’t wait until you have a life-threatening issue.  Testing and regular check-ups can identify your risk for heart disease, stroke, sudden cardiac arrest, and other fatal conditions.

We offer the following in-office diagnostic tests:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise treadmill tests
  • Stress Echocardiograms
  • Nuclear stress tests
  • 12 lead ECG
  • 24 hour holter monitoring
  • Vascular studies
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator checks and optimization

Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure commonly used to diagnose and treat heart conditions.

During catheterization, small tubes (catheters) are inserted into the circulatory system under x-ray guidance in order to obtain information about blood flow and pressures within the heart and to determine if there are obstructions within the blood vessels feeding the heart muscle (coronary arteries). Obstructions of the arteries are caused by plaque buildup, and when severe they can cause a variety of symptoms including chest pain and shortness of breath.

The catheters necessary for cardiac catheterization can be inserted either into the femoral artery (in the groin), or into the radial artery (in the wrist). The femoral artery is a larger vessel and provides a more direct route to the heart. Because of these advantages, the femoral artery has become the standard entry site for catheterization procedures. However, there has been a recent increase in the use of the radial artery for cardiac catheterization procedures.

Did you know that atrial fibrillation is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm in the United States? Although it affects over 2 million people in the United States, no two cases are the same.

At Tampa Cardiac Specialists, we are skilled at determining the best course of treatment for your unique situation. You may only need to take an anticoagulant medication such as aspirin, or you may need a more complex procedure such as left atrial catheterization or surgical ablation. Whatever the case, we can help, How we help

  • Initial evaluation and management of atrial fibrillation
  • Initiation and titration of anti-arrhythmic drug therapy
  • Curative catheter ablation for AFib, primary atrial flutter, and atrial flutter secondary to medical therapy
  • Catheter ablation of post-surgical arrhythmias
  • Surgical ablation as an adjunct to valve or bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgical ablation of AFib
  • Combined surgical and catheter ablation of AFib (hybrid or convergent therapy)
  • Management of patients with high heart rates refractory to medical therapy
  • Permanent pacing as an adjunct to medical therapy or with AV junction ablation for rate control
  • Evaluation and treatment of patients with special anti-coagulation needs

Tampa Cardiac Specialists combines state-of-the-art technology with sensitivity to patient needs to provide you with the best possible cardiovascular care. Under the expert hands of board-certified physicians Dr. Pastore, Dr. Makati, and staff, you can feel confident that the health of your heart is paramount to us.

We specialize in the management of:

  • Chest Pain/Angina
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Syncope (loss of consciousness)
  • Murmur
  • Abnormal EKG
  • Hypertension (Elevated blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (Elevated cholesterol)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Arrhythmias (Electrical disorders of the heart)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Risk Factor Management
  • Preoperative Consultation
  • Second Opinion Consultation
  • Tobacco cessation management
  • Obesity/Weight management
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
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