Heart and vascular surgeons in Pensacola, Florida
At West Florida Healthcare, our vascular surgeons in Pensacola provide an array of highly advanced treatment options. Our goal is to provide minimally invasive cardiovascular care to offer quick recoveries and excellent outcomes for our patients.
For a referral to a cardiologist or internist on staff at West Florida Healthcare, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (850) 494-3212.
About vascular disease
Vascular disease is an abnormal condition of the vascular system (arteries and veins). Arteries transport blood, oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body. Meanwhile, veins carry the blood back to the heart.
Blockage and buildup along this vast network of blood vessels causes vascular disease. If left untreated, vascular disease can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysm or even death.
About peripheral arterial disease
Our vascular surgeons perform diagnostic procedures and surgical interventions for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), also called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). With PAD, patients experience blockages in blood vessels away from the heart.
Patients with blockages in blood vessels of the legs experience significant pain and risk poor wound healing and eventual limb loss if blockages are not removed. Left untreated, PAD also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Through our comprehensive cardiology services, we perform peripheral interventions in our cardiac catheterization labs.
Our vascular specialists perform a range of surgeries to treat vascular disease. With minimally invasive endovascular procedures, we are able to offer our patients quicker recovery times after treatments.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
This is a procedure that repairs a section of the aorta that has ballooned and is in danger of rupturing. Depending on the patient's condition, the surgeon may perform the repair with traditional open surgery or minimally invasive endovascular grafting.
Endovascular grafting involves the surgeon guiding catheters to the aorta to place a stent. The stent is surrounded with a fabric liner to reinforce the weak area of the aorta.
An arteriogram is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries. It can be used to see arteries in the heart, brain, kidneys and many other parts of the body. An arteriogram helps vascular surgeons see how blood moves through the arteries and to check for any blocked or damaged arteries. Often, treatments are performed at the same time as an arteriogram.
Atherosclerosis endarterectomy is the open surgical removal of plaque from a blood vessel. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
Bypass surgery for vascular disease
Bypass surgery consists of procedures that use grafts to reroute blood flow around a blocked blood vessel.
Bypass operations improve blood supply, allowing oxygen to reach tissues that were previously deprived of oxygen. Our vascular surgeons perform bypass surgeries for all vessels of the body.
A carotid endarterectomy removes plaque from the artery that supplies blood to the brain and is often recommended for patients who have had a mild stroke. A femoral endarterectomy is a similar operation to carotid endarterectomy, in which the diseased lining of the femoral artery can be removed and blood flow is restored.
About coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease occurs when major blood vessels (coronary arteries) become damaged by plaque and inflammation. This damage is due to high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes, and it might be difficult to identity at first. Patients can prevent it by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.
Our cardiologists are proud to offer advanced technologies and treatment options that provide patients with comprehensive cardiac services. Our goal is to give the immediate treatment necessary to prevent and treat heart diseases and conditions.
Coronary artery bypass
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a procedure to improve the blood flow to your heart muscle. When arteries supplying blood to the heart are blocked, this procedure may be necessary.
This procedure can ease symptoms caused by heart disease, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Although it doesn't cure the disease, it can improve heart function.
Coronary stenting/balloon angioplasty
The goal of an angioplasty is to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels which supply blood to the heart. A coronary artery stent (a wire mesh tube) is placed during or immediately after angioplasty to expand inside the coronary artery. The stent is left there to keep the artery open.
Our team offers heart device implantation, such as implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac pacemakers.
An ICD is a device used to keep track of your heart rate and is inserted under the skin. It is often used in heart failure treatment and for patients who have an abnormal heart rhythm. It helps restore the heart to a regular rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death.
A cardiac pacemaker is a device that uses an electrical pulse to assist the heart to beat regularly. It is inserted in the chest or abdomen and is often used for patients who have arrhythmias.