Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) – A Deadly Silent Killer

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: January 7, 2019

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk for acutely ill medical patients is highest in the first 30 days, starting with hospital admission. VTE is a blood clot that starts in the vein. There are two classifications. 1. DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis and 2. PE – Pulmonary embolism. VTE is known as a silent killer because the

Does Your Doctor Want You to Wear a Holter Monitor?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 1, 2018

For the heart being such a small organ, it is vital for life and health that it be in good shape. Unfortunately sometimes our hearts get worn out, tired, and even diseased. At that point, you may begin to feel run down and even be able to detect that your heart just doesn’t “feel quite

Implantable Cardiac Monitoring Devices are Now a Reality

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: September 6, 2018

Up until now if you experienced any condition that warranted the need for a heart monitor to be worn so that your doctor could track your heart rhythm and rate you were subjected to lots of wires and attached boxes that had to be carted around. Thanks to the advent of these new ICM’s (Implantable

Chemical Stress Test (When a treadmill stress test is too much)

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: December 11, 2015

While treadmill stress tests are the industry standard because of the effect on blood pressure and heart rate, giving the clinicians a window into the persons exercise tolerance, not all patients are candidates. With a physical treadmill stress test there are no side effects to contend with. Physical limitations like back or joint issues, arthritis,

What You Can Expect During a Tilt Table Test

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 21, 2015

If you have experienced fainting spells recently or have shown other potential symptoms of a cardiac arrhythmia, then there is a good possibility that your doctor may recommend performing a tilt table test. The test is most commonly used in patients who have experienced some form of syncope, or fainting spell, but can be recommended

When are Holter Monitors Used?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: July 13, 2015

There are times when a heart patient requires 24/7 monitoring of their condition for days, and up to weeks, at a time, while keeping them in a hospital for that whole time would be both extremely expensive and extremely impractical. For such instances, a device called a Holter monitor is often used, so named for

What You Can Expect During an Echocardiogram

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: June 3, 2015

An echocardiogram is a diagnostic test, that through the use of sound waves, produces images of your heart beating and pumping blood. Echocardiograms are recommended by doctors in a variety of instances, but generally when your doctor suspects problems with your valves or the overall pumping action in your heart. Echocardiograms are also often used

When Does Chest Pain Require Medical Attention?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: April 21, 2015

Experiencing chest pain can be startling and terrifying, especially when your imagination gets the best of you and you immediately assume the worse. And while chest pain is a symptom of an oncoming heart attack, it can also be a symptom of many other conditions – some serious, and some not so serious. But how

3D Transthoracic Echo in an Office-Based Setting

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: July 21, 2014

Enhancing patient care Tampa Cardiovascular Associates (TCA) is a private, office-based cardiovascular practice in Tampa, FL. The team is comprised of cardiologists Dr. Vasco Marques and Dr. Asad Sawar, along with sonographer Gustavo Lopez, RDCS, RVS. Their practice is focused on cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, peripheral artery disease, and venous diseases. For several years,