Woman talking with a cardiologist at an Ascension site of care.

Heart care close to home in Northwest Florida

From heart scans to heart surgery, get the advanced care you need at Ascension Sacred Heart in Northwest Florida. Schedule with a cardiologist.
Your heart care is important. To deliver personalized care, cardiologists at Ascension Sacred Heart start by listening to understand you, your health history and your goals. We take the time to answer all your questions — big and small. Remember to tell your doctor how you are feeling at each visit. By getting to know you, we deliver heart care that’s right for you.

Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating heart diseases, including:

From screenings and managing chronic heart conditions, to more advanced care and heart and vascular surgery, we’re here for you. With cardiologists and surgeons trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, you have access to advanced heart care close to home. And ask about a virtual (online) visit for your first consultation and as part of your ongoing care.

Woman with grandchild.Understanding your heart health

Knowing if you’re at risk for heart disease could help save your life. And a simple heart screening can help you and your doctor better understand your heart health. Talk to a cardiologist to see if a heart screening is right for you.


*A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, family history of heart disease.

Advanced heart care, close to home

As your heart care needs change, we’re ready with the care that’s right for you, from routine care to advanced heart care. Your doctors, specialists and care team at Ascension Sacred Heart collaborate, working together for you and with you. Your doctor understands your healthcare needs and goals. And all your caregivers are communicating as a team.

If your doctor recommends surgery as part of your care plan, we’re here for you. Heart surgeons specialize in minimally invasive heart surgery. Our advanced heart care and surgery offerings include TAVR, MitraClip™, WATCHMAN™ and ablation. Using small incisions, minimally invasive surgery helps shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of infection. Together, your team of doctors delivers advanced care to help improve your heart function.

Your health is our priority. Cardiologists at Ascension Sacred Heart are ranked among the highest-performing in the nation — following the latest treatment guidelines and personalizing our expertise to you. For the past five years, Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola has been named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular care by IBM Watson Health™.

We’re here for your advanced heart care needs. The Heart Institute at Ascension Sacred Heart Bay is the only comprehensive heart and vascular program in the Panama City area. We are the only hospital performing open-heart surgery in the area and our team leads Bay County in the number of heart surgeries performed every year.

Heart surgeons at Ascension Sacred Heart provide solutions for leaky heart valves and structural heart damage. Our heart valve specialists are available for a consultation to answer your questions about TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). We also provide care to repair the mitral valve of the heart, called the MitraClip. To help restore normal heart rhythm for those with atrial fibrillation, we provide the WATCHMAN™ and Convergent procedure.

Your care is our calling.™

At Ascension Sacred Heart, you'll find a different kind of relationship between you and your care team. It starts with getting to know you and your story, so we can deliver the care that's right for you. Whether your need is simple or complex, our team of heart specialists is here with you every step of the way. Because when it comes to your health, it's more than caring. It's our calling.

Get a second opinion from a heart and vascular specialist

Whether you’re dealing with a new diagnosis or deciding on a treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. If you’re looking for a second opinion, specialists at Ascension Sacred Heart are here to listen. We connect you with the cardiologist or heart and vascular specialist who is right for you.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required. We can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.


Stories from the heart

Compassionate, personalized care

Dr. Tamburro talks about why he chose a career in medicine and his goal of providing region-leading heart care.

Advanced care, close to home

Dr. Amin talks about the advanced care they provide at Ascension Sacred Heart, and the lifelong bonds they create with their patients.

An entire team dedicated to your care

Dr. Amin talks about Ascension Sacred Heart's team approach to heart care.

Woman feels 10 years younger after having TAVR

As Anita got older, her aortic stenosis got worse. Her cardiologist at Ascension Sacred Heart monitored her heart condition and performed the TAVR procedure when she needed it. Now, she says she feels 10 years younger.

Cardiologist was at the hospital in a heartbeat

Tim is grateful for his heart care team at Ascension. On the night of his cardiac episode, his care team was right by his side, providing personalized, compassionate heart care.

Frequently asked questions

When should I talk to a heart doctor?
Getting the right heart care at the right time is critical for your health. Chest pain, shortness of breath, fluttering in your chest, swelling in your legs, dizziness and fatigue are all symptoms of heart disease. When you notice new symptoms, talk to a heart doctor. From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health, to provide heart care that’s right for you. We use a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques.

What are symptoms of a heart attack?
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. If you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. Pay attention to these heart attack symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
  • Jaw, neck or back pain
  • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing chest pain, especially in combination with jaw or arm pain, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or difficulty breathing, you might be having a heart attack. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

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