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Cardiology

Patients requiring cardiovascular services in West Pasco County need look no farther than Morton Plant North Bay Hospital for premier heart and vascular care. North Bay's Cardiovascular Catherization Lab uses the most advanced imaging technology to perform diagnostic studies, such as stress testing and echocardiograms, to interventional procedures, including elective and emergency heart catheterizations and angioplasties. Additional vascular procedures include diagnostic peripheral angiography, angioplasty and stent placement.

For patients whose cardiac conditions necessitate open heart surgery, easy transfer to Morgan Heart Hospital at Morton Plant is arranged. From the new transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to coronary artery bypass surgery to off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, Morgan Heart Hospital’s expert team of cardiovascular surgeons pave the way in heart surgery.

Starting in summer 2014, Morton Plant North Bay will offer "Your Heart...Your Future" education classes on an ongoing basis. Intended for patients who have recently experienced a sentinel cardiac event such as a heart attack, heart valve surgery, bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty or stent replacement, this class will provide attendees with useful information about:

  • Heart-healthy eating
  • Proper exercise 
  • Stress management techniques
  • Ways to prevent additional heart problems
  • And much more

Classes will be taught by cardiac rehabilitation specialists and registered dietitians. Class dates and times will be posted on BayCareEvents.org once they are scheduled.

Improving Quality of Life for CHF Patients through Education

Congestive heart failure (CHF) patients at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital may choose to participate in an educational support program aimed at helping them learn to manage their conditions and enjoy full and active lives. Statistics show that of the patients who participate in the program, the 30-60 day readmission rate is reduced by 75 percent.

The program begins while patients are still in the hospital and continues by telephone upon their return home. A specially trained nurse instructs patients and their families on a wide range of topics related to living with CHF such as:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Taking medications as prescribed
  • Symptoms that should be reported to a physician

The goal is to reduce patients’ stay while in the hospital, and then enable them to remain at home by teaching them how to manage their symptoms.

For a referral to a cardiovascular physician, please visit our online physician finder or call (727) 462-7500.