Heart Disease Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Each individual’s heart disease treatment will depend on a variety of factors. There are many different diseases that can affect the heart. When developing a treatment plan, physicians will first determine the nature of the heart condition and then its severity. For example, certain diseases such as a blockage in the arteries, may, in the beginning stages, be managed with medications and/or lifestyle changes. However, large blockages may require prompt surgical intervention.
Generally, heart disease treatment can be broken into three categories:
- Lifestyle changes – Quitting smoking, eating a healthier diet, and exercising are some of the changes that patients who are at risk of heart disease can make to reduce the chances of serious complications.
- Medication – Certain medications can be used to control risk factors, such as high blood pressure, thereby decreasing the risk of developing heart disease.
- Surgery – When heart disease has advanced enough to have a negative impact on a person’s life or become life-threatening, surgical procedures such as pacemaker implantation and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG, pronounced “cabbage”) surgery may be recommended.
At Tampa General Hospital, our team of physicians specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart. Using leading-edge technologies and methods, such as echocardiography and magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA), we are able to determine the best course of treatment for each patient. We also utilize innovative treatment methods, such as minimally invasive heart treatments, to maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome and reduce recovery times. Our highly individualized and comprehensive approach to heart disease treatment has earned us a place on U.S. News & World Report’s list of America's Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery.
To be referred to a specialist with Tampa General Hospital, please visit our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).