Florida Heart Associates utilizes the special skills of both nurse practitioners and physician assistants in caring for our patients. Together, these specialists are known as advanced practice providers (APP). At Florida Heart Associates, the APP’s work in close collaboration with our cardiologists and other healthcare professionals in the management of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
In the office, they work closely with our physicians by performing patient histories and physical examinations, ordering diagnostic studies, interpreting test results, and developing treatment plans, including prescribing medications.
In the hospital, they work closely with our physicians to provide efficient and skilled inpatient care, including admissions, consultations, daily follow-up, and discharges. They contribute by taking thorough histories and physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, ordering and interpreting laboratory and diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and developing treatment plans. They also help manage post-operative care in our patients with device implants, electro-physiologic procedures, cardiac catheterizations, coronary interventions, and vascular procedures. They are able to assist in providing patient education and lifestyle counseling.
All of our APP’s have extensive training, are graduates of accredited programs, have passed national certification examinations, maintain continuing education and re-certification requirements, and are licensed by the State of Florida. They are excited to serve you, our patient.