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Cardiology Specialist

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Health First Primary Care

Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in Tampa, FL

Did you know that heart disease is a leading cause of death among American adults? At Health First Primary Care serving Tampa, Florida, Gisela Vargas, MD, and her team offer heart health and cardiology care to help you prevent heart disease and live a long, active, and happy life. If you’re overdue for a heart health check, reach out today to book a visit. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to check appointment availability.

Cardiology Q & A

What are some common heart health problems?

Over the course of an average lifetime, your heart will beat nearly 2.5 billion times, pumping blood throughout your body at a volume of millions of gallons. This never-ending flow of blood circulates oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and vital cells from head to toe. 

Though the heart is an incredibly strong muscular structure, it also never gets a rest. Numerous things can contribute to heart health problems. Some of those factors are within your control, while others are not. 

Atherosclerosis is one concern. This occurs when sticky cholesterol and other components clump together to form plaque that gets stuck on the walls of your arteries. This can cause them to stiffen, and if a large enough clump of plaque breaks loose, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

Other potential problems include congenital heart defects, blood vessel disease, heart rhythm problems, infection, valve disease, and more. 

What can I do to improve my heart health?

Dr. Vargas and her team offer comprehensive health screenings. These tests help you understand your risk level for heart disease and empower you to take steps to boost your heart health before a serious condition arises. 

You probably already know most of the ways to support heart health. Eating a varied and healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, not smoking, and managing stress are all part of the process. Where many men and women fall short is finding ways to integrate these changes into their already busy lives. 

That’s where the Health First Primary Care team can help. Through integrative health services, you’ll learn how to make small but meaningful changes that will boost your heart health. That process often motivates you to tackle bigger challenges, and your success may even motivate friends and loved ones to join you on your journey.  

What if I have a serious heart condition? 

Health First Primary Care works with a highly skilled cardiologist to ensure you have access to the services needed to manage any heart condition. You’ll simply schedule your visits to coincide with on-site cardiology care. 

Having a team of skilled professionals monitor your heart health and guide your treatment is an essential component of any heart care plan. That process begins by booking a customized initial visit, which you can complete online or over the phone today.