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Leading heart care, close to home in Northwest Florida

Choose Ascension Sacred Heart in Northwest Florida to be your first choice – from heart and vascular screenings to surgery.

When you choose Ascension Sacred Heart, you get an experienced cardiovascular specialist and care team who are part of a national team, sharing best practices and the latest research and treatment. We are a leader in heart surgery and Pensacola’s only nationally ranked Top 50 heart hospital. Every appointment starts with a conversation. Your care team takes the time to listen and answer all your questions — so you get a personalized care plan.

Specialists at Ascension Sacred Heart diagnose and treat:

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib) and other heart rhythm disorders
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart valve and structural heart disease
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol

Advanced heart care, close to home

Cardiologists at Ascension Sacred Heart are ranked among the highest-performing in the nation— following the latest treatment guidelines and using our expertise to personalize your care. Ascension Sacred Heart has also been named a Top 50 heart hospital – six years in a row – by PINC AI 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™. Our care teams provide advanced heart testing and diagnostics, treatments, medication management, surgical heart care and rehabilitation. 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.

Find a doctor and start by calling or scheduling an appointment online. Ask if a virtual visit is an option for your care. Need a second opinion appointment? Our team can help. Schedule a consultation today.

Multispecialty heart care team

When you need more advanced heart care, your doctor can connect you with a heart specialist close to home. From heart scans to vascular surgery, your doctors, specialists and care team at Ascension Sacred Heart collaborate, working together for you and with you. Our advanced specialty care includes:

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Heart scans to detect risk

A simple heart screening can help you and your doctor better understand your heart health and could help save your life. Talk to your primary care doctor 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. Some heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and a family history of heart disease

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Care for AFib and heart rhythm disorders

At Ascension Sacred Heart, our electrophysiologists specialize in the heart’s electrical system, diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders. Your doctor works with you on a personalized care plan. We provide minimally invasive treatments for AFib, including ablation, cardioversion and the WATCHMAN™ procedure.

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Care for heart and valve conditions

Heart valve specialists at Ascension Sacred Heart provide advanced diagnostics, heart valve imaging, and personalized therapeutic and surgical treatments. Whenever possible, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Talk with a heart valve specialist about treatment options that are right for you.

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Advanced surgical care for heart conditions

Surgeons at Ascension Sacred Heart specialize in minimally invasive heart surgery and open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures, including TAVR, MitraClip™ and WATCHMAN™, may help shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of infection. If open-heart surgery, such as CABG, is recommended, our surgeons have the expertise to provide the advanced heart care you need.

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Advanced care for heart failure

If you feel you are at risk or have received a recent diagnosis, request a first consultation or second opinion from our multidisciplinary care team. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a progressive condition caused by cardiovascular diseases, cancer treatments and inherited conditions. Your doctor delivers a personalized care plan that may include medication, advanced therapeutics and surgical care.

Get a second opinion from a heart and vascular specialist

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and cardiovascular care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension Sacred Heart. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized heart care plan.

When you are facing a new diagnosis or are deciding on a surgical or therapeutic treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about. If you are looking for a second opinion for advanced heart care, our cardiologists can also connect you with the right specialists for minimally invasive surgery, including TAVR, MitraClip™, WATCHMAN™, and ablation. Our heart and vascular specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of a national care team.

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


Frequently asked questions about heart care

  • 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 the 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