Cardiologists in St. Petersburg, Florida

The Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital is a comprehensive cardiac care center close to home in St. Petersburg, Florida. With innovative diagnostic and treatment options for heart disease, we are committed to quality cardiac health today and tomorrow.

For more information on our cardiology services, please call The Tampa Bay Heart Institute at (888) 598-9586.

High-quality heart care

Our commitment to quality cardiac healthcare has received national recognition. We are proud to offer the St. Petersburg, Florida, community advanced, patient-centered cardiology services.

We forge new frontiers of cardiovascular care and treatment with research and the development of preventive and educational services. To offer our patients the option of participating in cardiovascular clinical trials, we have partnered with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

Cardiac conditions treated

We offer a comprehensive program to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Angina
  • Aortic coarctation
  • Aortic insufficiency
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure, including congestive heart failure
  • Heart murmur
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in adults
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Septal defects
  • Tachycardia, including ventricular tachycardia

Cardiac diagnostics

We offer a variety of advanced cardiac diagnostic exams and tests, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Computed tomography (CT), 64-slice CT scanner for advanced cardiac mapping
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrophysiological studies (EPS)
  • Holter/event monitors
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Noninvasive vascular studies
  • Nuclear imaging stress test
  • Peripheral angiography
  • Resting electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Signal-averaged electrocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echo (TEE)
  • Treadmill exercise stress test

Cardiac procedures

To treat a range of conditions, we offer advanced cardiac procedures, including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure and repair
  • Automatic cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) (ICD) implantation
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Cardiac catheterization (coronary angiography)
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Coronary stent insertion
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Heart valve repair and replacement
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closures and repairs
  • Percutaneous transluminal (PTCA) coronary angioplasty
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Stroke treatment

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.

Our emergency room offers 24/7 stroke treatment. This is important because fast treatment decreases the likelihood of stroke-related disability.

Heart attack treatment

A heart attack occurs when blood is prevented from reaching the heart, usually due to a clot. This causes parts of the heart to die. A heart attack is an emergency condition, which requires immediate care.

Heart attack signs

There are many signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Some of the more common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing and fullness
  • Chest pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back
  • Discomfort in the upper body, including pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Indigestion or gastric fullness that is not relieved by antacids
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other signs can include cold sweats, nausea or becoming suddenly light-headed
If you feel that you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital.

Heart attack risk factors

In men, the risk of a heart attack increases at 45 years old. In women, heart attacks are more likely to occur if the woman has experienced menopause or is 50 years old or older.

Additional factors that may put a person at high risk for a heart attack include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of premature coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • High cholesterol
  • High or low low-density lipoproteins (LDL)
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Symptomatic carotid arterial disease
  • Tobacco use

If you want to reduce your chances of heart damage, consider the following lifestyle modifications:

  • Eat a diet that is low in saturated fat and high in fiber
  • Exercise regularly
  • Lose weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Quit smoking

If you feel you are at risk of having a heart attack, see a health care provider and/or a cardiologist. They can provide you with information on how you can reduce your risk.

Structural Valve Center

The experienced cardiothoracic surgeons at our Structural Valve Center provide treatment to diseased heart valves through surgical intervention. Our structural heart program in offers aortic stenosis treatment, heart wall closure surgery and other procedures for heart conditions.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Our Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Labs are equipped with advanced digital technology, which allow precise medical imaging. Our newly designed X-ray panels decrease our patients' exposure to radiation. When necessary, angioplasty and stent procedures can also be performed in our cath lab.

Electrophysiology Lab

Our Electrophysiology Lab offers advanced technology for detecting abnormal heart rhythms, called heart arrhythmias. If an arrhythmia is detected, our electrophysiologists can locate exactly where an arrhythmia occurs, which helps determine the most effective treatment.

Cardiac operating rooms

Our cardiovascular surgical suites have state-of-the-art audio and visual communication systems. This allows our surgeons and surgical teams to instantly access patient records without having to leave the patient's side.

After surgery, we offer patient-focused cardiac critical care in private and serene rooms, which were designed to promote healing.

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

Our CVICU is staffed by professional nurses who are specially trained in cardiovascular intensive care. This specialized unit provides comprehensive, moment-to-moment cardiac monitoring, ensuring the highest quality patient care.

Intermediate Critical Care Unit (ICCU)

This specialized unit offers a monitoring system, which was designed specifically for preoperative and postoperative patients. This system provides comprehensive, moment-to-moment, precise cardiac monitoring, ensuring the highest level of patient care.

Pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation

We offer inpatient and outpatient pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs to help patients recover from surgery or manage medical conditions. Our programs involve individualized treatment plans, which may include physical therapy, monitored exercise, dietary education and more.