Cardiologists in Bayonet Point, Florida
At Bayonet Point Hospital, our cardiovascular specialists are here to provide comprehensive care for conditions affecting the heart, chest and circulatory system. We provide extensive cardiac services to patients throughout Hudson and West Central Florida. From diagnosis to rehabilitation, we are with each patient throughout their journey to better heart health.
For a referral to a cardiologist, please call us at (877) 412-2362 or (877) HCA-DOCS.
Cardiovascular conditions we treat
We treat a wide variety of heart and vascular conditions, including:
- Aortic stenosis
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Chest pain (angina)
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Heart attack
- Heart valve disease
- Heart murmurs
- High blood pressure
Heart screening and imaging
Our cardiac hospital is equipped with the tools required to evaluate and diagnose your cardiac condition. Our diagnostic imaging services include:
- Arrhythmia mapping— This type of imaging is dedicated to tracking an abnormal heart rhythm to locate the site of a heart arrhythmia.
- Cardiac catheterization— This diagnostic procedure involves inserting a catheter into an artery or vein in the neck, arm or groin and guiding it to the blood vessels in the heart.
- Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan— We use 64-slice CT scanning technology to produce high-quality X-ray images of the heart's anatomy and surrounding veins and arteries.
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)— This imaging technology uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the heart's structure.
- Chest X-ray— This type of X-ray produces images of the heart, lungs, veins, arteries and bones that make up the chest.
- Echocardiogram— This is a specialized type of ultrasound that produces images of the heart to assess function.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)— This imaging exam produces a graph that charts the electrical activity of the heart, which is gathered through electrodes placed on the chest.
- Electrophysiology (EP) studies— These studies test the electrical activity of the heart, often to identify the location of an arrhythmia.
- Holter monitoring— This device continuously records the heart's rhythm for a specified amount of time.
- Implantable loop recorder— This device is placed temporarily in the chest to monitor heart rhythm.
- Nuclear cardiology— These imaging procedures use radiotracers to assess blood flow in and out of the heart and evaluate the pumping function of the heart muscle.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram— This specialized type of echocardiogram uses an ultrasound probe that is inserted through the esophagus to produce unobstructed, detailed images of the heart.
- Vascular ultrasound— This type of ultrasound examines the circulation of blood flow in the veins and arteries.
Advanced care for chest pain
In our emergency room (ER), we offer integrated care for patients coming to the ER with chest pain symptoms. Our ER staff is in constant communication with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to ensure a seamless continuum of care. When a patient arrives at our hospital with heart attack symptoms, our goal is to confirm a diagnosis and restore blood flow through the blocked artery as soon as possible. We treat all types of heart attack including ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks, which are diagnosed when a complete blockage occurs.
Heart attack symptoms
Often, heart attack symptoms can be subtle. Recognizing early onset heart attack symptoms is crucial to receiving prompt treatment, which can preserve the heart muscle.
Signs of a heart attack include:
- Back pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Feeling of fullness
- Jaw pain
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Cardiovascular treatment options
Our heart doctors and cardiovascular surgeons work together to determine the most effective treatment option for each patient. We offer advanced therapies and minimally invasive cardiac procedures, including:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Convergent maze procedure
- Diet and lifestyle education
- Heart and vascular surgery
- Aneurysm repair
- Angioplasty and stenting
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- Heart valve surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Implanatable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion
- Left atrial appendage closure device insertion
- Medication management
- Pacemaker insertion, including bi-ventricular pacemakers
Cardiac rehabilitation program
Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised process designed to help patients improve their heart health and quality of life after a heart surgery, heart event or heart disease diagnosis. Patients commonly participate in cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, bypass surgery, chronic chest pain, stenting, heart transplant and valve repair or replacement.
Our cardiac rehabilitation specialists work with each patient to develop a program tailored to the patient's needs and goals. Cardiac rehabilitation programs typically take place three times a week for approximately 12 weeks, or a total of 36 sessions
We know that receiving a heart disease diagnosis and subsequent recovery efforts can be challenging physically and mentally. Our program incorporates therapies to aid in recovery, such as animal-assisted therapy with certified service dogs to help lower anxiety, depression and blood pressure. We also provide supervised exercise and heart-healthy lifestyle education.
A doctors referral is required to participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
Benefits of cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation offers several benefits, including:
- Increase physical functioning and overall strength
- Learn more about heart disease
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduce potential for future heart problems through risk factor management
- Regain energy and make daily activities easier
Cardiac rehab admissions
Talk to your doctor to see if cardiac rehabilitation is a good option for you. If you are determined to be a good candidate for cardiac rehabilitation, you will be contacted by a nurse or exercise physiologist to discuss the program in detail and set up your first visit. Medicare and most major insurances will cover cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation takes place on the campus of Bayonet Point Hospital in the Medical Office Building, Suite #210A. To learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation program please call us at (727) 869-5566.
Heart disease in women
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's program dedicated to educating women about their risk for developing heart disease. The goal of the program is to improve the discussion on women's heart health and ways that women can reduce their risk for developing heart disease.