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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cardiologist?

Cardiologists are physicians that specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of the heart and its diseases using diagnostics and medications. Cardiologists, unlike cardiac surgeons, do not perform surgical procedures. They see a range of patients with both routine and complex cases of heart diseases as well as other heart conditions.

What is an interventional cardiologist?

Interventional cardiologist undergo training in cardiology and continue in additional training for interventional cardiology. The additional training delves into minimally invasive treatment options that allows the physician to perform these procedures using small incisions and catheters instead of traditional surgery. These procedures are used for both diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as heart valve disorders, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, endocarditis and peripheral artery disease, among others.

What is a cardiothoracic surgeon?

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a heart surgeon that performs surgery in the area of the heart and lungs. Cardiothoroacic surgeons undergo extensive training in cardiac and thoracic surgeries including robotic and video assisted lung surgery, minimally invasive mitral valve repair and other cardiac surgeries.

What kinds of diseases or injuries do cardiovascular surgeons treat?

Cardiovascular surgeons perform various procedures that include repair or replacement of heart valves, bypassing or widening of blocked arteries to the heart, repair of aneurysms, treatment of coronary artery disease, implanting of devices to regulate heart rhythm or support heart function and blood flow, and replacement of a damaged heart with a healthy heart via a heart transplant.

What is a vascular surgeon?

Vascular surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the vascular system which includes the arteries and veins throughout the body. Some of the diseases and conditions vascular surgeons treat include peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, aneurysms and vascular malformations.

Am I a candidate for heart surgery?

If other treatment options, like lifestyle modification, medications and other medical procedures, have not worked or are not treatment options for your conditions, heart surgery may be an option. Your primary care physician, cardiologist and cardiothoroacic surgeon will work with you to determine if heart surgery is the best treatment option for you.

What are the risks associated with heart surgery?

Though its results are often good, heart surgery does have some risks. Risks may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection, fever, swelling and other signs of inflammation
  • A reaction to anesthesia
  • Arrhythmias
  • Damage to the tissues in the heart, kidney, liver and lungs
  • Stroke, which may cause short-term or permanent damage
  • Death (more likely to occur in people who are very sick before the surgery)

In general,m the risk of complications during surgery is higher if heart surgery is performed in an emergency situation (for example, during a heart attack). The risk is also higher if there are other underlying diseases or conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease or peripheral arterial disease. Your cardiac specialist at Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care will go over the potential risks with you and help determine the course of treatment that’s best for you.

What conditions does Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care treat?

Heart disease is not one condition, but rather a general term used to describe a range of diseases that can affect the heart. From diseases of your blood vessels to heart rhythm problems to heart defects you’re born with, Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care treats the broad spectrum of cardiac conditions, including:

  • Advanced heart failure
  • Aortic and peripheral aneurysms
  • Aortic dissection
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Carotid/cerebrovascular disease
  • Renal/mesenteric disease
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Venouse disease/insufficiency

How do I learn more about my procedure?

Your Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care physician will explain your particular procedure. You can also learn more about various procedures here.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To make an appointment to speak with a specialists about a particular procedure, call 1.866.654.2362 or visit our Find a Doctor page.