Specialized heart disease treatment in Largo, Florida

Heart disease is the term used to describe any condition affecting the proper functioning or healthy structure of your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our expert cardiologists and superior cardiac team are committed to providing effective life-saving treatment of all types of heart disease to help you improve your heart health and lead an active and full life.

To learn more about our heart disease services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team any time at (888) 741-5115.

At Largo Medical Center, we offer specialized treatment of each type of heart disease with a full continuum of care from diagnostic services to treatment to rehabilitation.

The types of heart disease can include:

Coronary artery disease

Your heart is a muscle pumping blood through your body. To do its work, your heart needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood that it gets from the lungs.

Your blood is carried to and from the heart through arteries. Coronary artery disease occurs when a buildup of fatty deposits or cholesterol deposits on the walls of an artery narrow the artery, making it harder for blood to flow to the heart. Obstructed or narrowed arteries block your heart from getting enough blood, and you could experience a heart attack or heart failure.

Heart disease symptoms

At Largo Medical Center, we emphasize education to help you make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart disease. Knowing the symptoms of heart and vascular disease could save your life.

Heart disease symptoms can vary based on the cause and type of heart disease you have. Although some people with heart disease show no symptoms, others show common heart disease symptoms, such as:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, angina
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Pain or numbness, weakness in the arm, shoulder or neck

Heart disease detection and prevention

At Largo Medical Center, we focus on early detection because we know it means better outcomes. If you show symptoms of heart disease, our experienced cardiologists and physicians will use our heart imaging and screening services to diagnose your condition and develop a customized treatment plan.

You can learn more about your risks of developing heart disease by taking these steps:

  • Getting a blood test to check your cholesterol levels
  • Having your blood pressure checked
  • Discussing your health history with a qualified physician

Risk factors of heart disease

The number of risk factors you have determines your risk of heart disease. Some risk factors can be controlled, and it has been proven that doing so will reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease developing or worsening. Risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Gender and age (women 55 years or older or past menopause and men 45 years or older)
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • High tension and stress in life
  • Lack of regular exercise

Heart disease diagnostic services

At Largo Medical Center, you have access to our extensive diagnostic heart screening and imaging services. Additionally, we provide catheterization procedures to diagnose heart disease.

A cardiac catheterization, or "cath" uses X-rays to show any possible blockages of blood flow in the arteries. This is done with a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter is inserted into an artery and guided to the heart. A special dye is injected into the tube to easily show on X-rays the flow of blood and highlight any blockages.

Heart disease treatments we offer

When it comes to treating heart disease, the plan of action our cardiologists recommend depends on the type of heart disease you have.

Overall, treatments of heart disease fall into one (or more than one) of the following categories:

  • Lifestyle changes: Your cardiologist or physician will develop a plan to help you make the healthy lifestyle changes that will either decrease your risk of developing heart disease or will help eliminate or control your heart disease. These lifestyle changes often include increasing your exercise levels, eating a healthier diet and ceasing smoking.
  • Medications: The type of medication prescribed will depend on the type of heart disease you have. These can include: Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, aspirin, blood thinners, clot-dissolving medications or Digoxin.
  • Procedures or heart/vascular surgery: If other methods and treatments have proven unsuccessful, your physician may determine you are a good candidate for heart or vascular surgery. The type of surgery depends on the type of heart disease you have. These procedures can include:
    • Angioplasty and stents
    • Bypass surgery
    • Cardioversion
    • Heart transplant
    • Heart valve repair or replacement
    • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation
    • Pacemaker implantation