Quality Care and Treatment for Cardiovascular Diseases

A person’s heart, arteries, veins, and lymphatic system need to function well to avoid having a cardiovascular and venous disease. To improve the health of our patients, Cardiovascular & Vein Center of Florida focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the different parts of their circulatory system. Our services include:

  • Carotid Ultrasound

  • Duplex Ultrasound of the Upper and Lower Extremities

  • Echocardiography

  • Holter Monitoring

  • Lymphoscintigraphy

  • Nuclear Stress Testing

  • Regular Stress Testing

Our team is composed of professionals who are capable of making the various parts of your circulatory system work together and function well. All of our staff members are highly trained and experienced in their own fields, and our cardiologists are board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Regardless of your condition, we are confident that we can give you a proper diagnosis and treatment.

All our labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICANL, ICAEL, ICAVL), and we have all the modalities to diagnose and treat cardiovascular, venous and lymphatic conditions at our facility. Visit us today to receive the most suitable health care services for your condition.

How Our Circulatory System Works

Our circulatory system starts with the heart, which has muscles, valves, and a conduction system. When the blood from our heart is pumped through the body, it first passes our arteries. Once this blood is used, it will need to return to our heart via our veins. Compared to our arteries that use the force from our heart to pump the new blood, our veins need the help from the muscles in our legs to pump the used blood back to our heart.

However, not all blood will successfully pass from arteries to the veins. Some of it will be left behind and be picked up by our lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system works similarly to our veins. The main difference is that the former is responsible for carrying some of the fats and proteins being digested by the body. It is an essential part of the circulatory system as well because the lymphatic fluid eventually returns back to the heart as well.

Treating Angina: Chest Pain Usually Due to Coronary Artery Disease

Angina is a term used to describe the chest discomfort that is associated with the lack of blood supply to the heart. It usually suggests a blocked artery, but angina can be due to anemia or other heart condition, such as having a narrow valve. To make a diagnosis of this condition, our health care professionals do the following:

  • Check a Patient’s History and Other Risk Factors

  • Perform Stress Testing

  • Follow an Imaging Procedure (Catheterization)

In case you are suffering from angina, our doctors can help you. Our physicians can treat your condition by providing:

  • Medication That Increases Blood Supply to the Heart

  • Ways to Modify Risk: Tobacco, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and Hypertension

  • A Prescribed Supervised Exercise Program

  • Revascularization: Balloon Angioplasty, Stents, or Coronary Bypass Surgery

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiology

Is revascularization better than medical treatment?

Not necessarily. However, in some cases, we would say the majority of coronary bypass surgery is absolutely necessary. Angioplasty and stents could also be needed. In fact, patients who undergo angioplasty or stenting don’t always have lesser chance of having a heart attack, and sometimes, they even submit themselves to greater risk from the procedure itself.

If I have angina, does it mean that I’m going to have a heart attack?

Not necessarily. As a matter of fact, most first heart attack victims never had chest pain or any worsening symptoms.

Do all blocked arteries have to be opened?

This is another misconception. Most of the large blockages that we found are not the ones likely to cause a heart attack. The small blockages (<50%) that are prone to rupture are the usually cause of abrupt occlusion of an artery, which is more commonly known as sudden heart attack.

However, having large blockages also suggests that an individual is more at risk for a heart attack. This is because the huge ones also have more associated small blockages that could rupture.

What should I do to prevent a heart attack?

First, you must prevent plaque buildup by lowering your cholesterol and keeping your arteries healthy. To do this, you must exercise, avoid smoking, and in some cases, take aspirin and fish oil.

How often should I have a stress test?

It all depends on your pretest likelihood of having significant heart disease. You won’t have to repeat the test if:

  • You Are Exercising Well

  • You Are Treating Your Cholesterol and Hypertension

  • You Have No Symptoms

  • Your Stress Test Is Normal

However, we encourage you to take the test again if there are changes in your EKG.

If my stress test is abnormal, do I need a left heart catheterization?

You only need the catheterization if you continue to have symptoms in spite of medical treatment or the stress test suggests a significant area at risk in your heart. Some consider undergoing the procedure because they felt that enhancing their blood flow will also improve the function of the heart.