Cardiology services in Brandon, Florida
The Heart and Vascular Center at Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. We provide a full range of services to help patients in the prevention, treatment and recovery of heart and vascular diseases, including stroke.
The Heart and Vascular Center has earned a reputation of excellence in cardiac care in the Brandon, Lakeland and Tampa communities.
To learn more about our heart and vascular services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.
Nationally recognized cardiovascular care
At Brandon Regional Hospital, we take extra steps to make sure we provide evidence-based, quality care to our patients. We consistently demonstrate positive patient outcomes and have been awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for excellence in the treatment of heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Emergency heart attack services
When you think you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, don't wait. Call 911 immediately. The emergency room (ER) at Brandon Regional Hospital is open 24/7 and is always prepared to administer lifesaving treatment to patients coming to the ER with chest pain.
Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission has certified us as a Primary Stroke Center for our fast, precise care for patients coming to the ER with stroke symptoms. A stroke is a serious medical emergency caused by a blockage in an artery supplying blood to the brain or excessive bleeding in the brain. Our emergency physicians are experts in administering life-saving treatments for stroke
Heart screening and imaging
Clear and accurate imaging is crucial to confirming a cardiac diagnosis. Our hospital is equipped with a dedicated echocardiography laboratory where diagnostic imaging of the heart occurs. We use the latest heart imaging, screening and monitoring technologies, including:
- Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA)—This specialized CT scan allows for imaging of the structures and blood vessels in the heart. A contrast agent is used, which is administered intravenously, to highlight certain areas of the heart for more detailed imaging.
- Diagnostic catheterization—This procedure uses a catheter that is inserted to the heart through the blood vessels to identify any blockages, assess heart function and diagnose heart disease.
- Echocardiogram—This imaging procedure uses ultrasound technology to examine the structure and function of the heart.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)—This imaging exam uses electrodes placed on the chest to measure and chart the electrical activity of the heart.
- Electrophysiology (EP) study—This diagnostic test is used to assess the heart's rhythm and identify if a heart arrhythmia is present.
- Implantable loop recorder—This device is placed in the chest for long-term—up to three years—monitoring of the heart's rhythm.
- Nuclear cardiology—These are noninvasive techniques used to evaluate blood flow and heart function. A radiotracer agent is administered into the bloodstream and used to assess blood flow and highlight certain areas for imaging.
- Stress testing—This test measures the heart's response to stress, such as exercise, in a controlled environment.
- Tilt table testing—This test places a patient at an angled position and adjusts the position rapidly to measure changes in blood pressure and heart rate.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram—This specialized type of echocardiogram uses an ultrasound probe that is inserted through the throat to obtain unobstructed, clear images of the heart.
Our pediatric program includes diagnostic services for children with heart disease. We provide specialized heart testing for kids, including:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress testing
- Tilt table testing
Heart arrhythmia care
The cardiac specialists at our hospital offer dedicated care for patients with heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). There are many different types of heart arrhythmias, which range from being harmless to serious medical conditions.
We offer several treatment options for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, including electrical cardioversion, cardiac ablation and surgically implanted devices, to regulate the heart's rhythm.
The heart and vascular systems are closely related as the heart is supported by the body's network of veins, arteries and blood vessels. We offer advanced treatments to restore blood flow to blocked blood vessels, which prevent proper blood supply throughout the body.
Our cardiologists and vascular specialists are committed to working hand-in-hand to provide cardiovascular care to Brandon, FL.
Cardiac catheterization laboratory
The first cardiac catheterization at Brandon Regional Hospital was performed in 1988. Today our hospital is equipped with six state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization (cath) labs. We perform the following procedures in our cath labs:
- Angioplasty with stent placement
- Biventricular pacemaker placement
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac catheterization septal ablation
- Cardioverter defibrillator insertion
- Intra-aortic balloon pump placement
- Pacemaker insertion
- Subcutaneous internal cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD) insertion
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device insertion
Heart and vascular surgery
The cardiovascular surgeons at Brandon Regional Hospital treat a wide range of conditions affecting the heart, lungs, aorta and/or blood vessels. Our surgeons completed years of rigorous training and are experts in caring for cardiovascular patients. Our team performs more than 700 cardiovascular surgeries every year, so we have the experience you can trust.
Our multidisciplinary approach implemented at our hospital ensures an accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate care for every patient. We offer traditional, open-heart surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Cardiovascular surgical options
The cardiovascular surgical team has training and experience treating many conditions and performing a range of surgical procedures, including:
- Aortic aneurysm surgery
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
- Complex aortic root replacement
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery
- Balloon angioplasty
- Congenital heart disease surgery in adults
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
- Off-pump (beating-heart) CABG
- Traditional CABG
- Endoscopic vein harvest for CABG
- Endoscopic radial artery harvest for CABG
- Coronary stenting
- Heart arrhythmia surgery
- Cardiac ablation
- Convergent procedure
- Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device
- Pacemaker insertion
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion
- Heart valve surgery
- Aortic valve replacement
- Aortic valve repair (stented or stentless)
- Mitral valve replacement
- Mitral valve repair
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Left ventricular aneurysm repair
- Vascular interventions
Cardiac rehabilitation begins while you are still a patient in the hospital and continues as an outpatient program as you continue to heal. Cardiac rehab is focused on building strength following cardiac surgery, a heart disease diagnosis or a heart event and educating you on a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The cardiac rehab team offers support throughout your entire recovery and focuses on your physical abilities, physical activity, lifestyle education and emotional support.