Heart Palpitations & Preventative Care - Nadine's StoryYou’re going about your normal day, when suddenly you feel your heart skip a beat. You may even feel a little dizzy. What is going on? Is it life threatening? How do you know if it is or not? What is causing this? For Nadine Thomas, it was just another day at work when these same thoughts crossed her mind. “I work for a physician in town and when I had palpitations in the office one day, I mentioned it to the doctor. I explained that this same feeling of ‘my heart beating out of my chest’ had occurred a couple of times in the past and that I was unsure what was causing these unsettling feelings.”

Luckily for Nadine, her most recent palpitations occurred at the doctor’s office where she works, enabling her to speak to a doctor immediately following the incident. “The doctor listened to my heart and suggested that I see Dr. Gino Sedillo, especially since my brothers have pacemaker implants, and that is exactly what I did. I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Sedillo to determine what was causing the palpitations.

For those of you unsure about what palpitations are, they are often described as heartbeat sensations that feel like pounding or racing. You may feel skipped or stopped beats. Palpitations can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck. The most important thing to do if you experience any of these sensations is to see a cardiologist who can help determine if they are harmless, or if they are more significant.

Nadine’s appointment with Dr. Sedillo was very reassuring. Dr. Sedillo ordered several tests to rule out any severe cardiac issues. “Talking with Dr. Sedillo was very easy, his compassion and concern for my health was clear. As you can imagine, I was very worried that something might be wrong with my heart. Dr. Sedillo took his time and explained everything to me in a way that made me feel calm and confident. He stated, no matter what the lab or 30 day event heart monitor showed, together we would develop a plan to resolve the root cause.”

Nadine learned that if you experience palpitation sensations, it is important to keep a record of how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations, and what you are feeling at the time. Having this information available when you visit the doctor will assist in determining how serious your heart palpitations are and what may be causing them.

“I strongly encourage anyone with unusual heart sensations to see a cardiologist. Our body does strange things and gives us warnings when something isn’t right, we just have to pay attention. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out the warning signs.”

“Dr. Sedillo is a wonderful listener; he explains everything to you in a way you can understand. He looks directly at you while communicating his plan for you, which instills complete and utter trust in his care.”

“Working in the medical office field, I appreciate the atmosphere and the care I received at Cardiovascular Solutions Institute with Dr. Gino Sedillo. The physician that I work with, often refers patients to Dr. Sedillo, and now I personally understand why he is so highly recommended. We have confidence that the staff at Cardiovascular Solutions Institute will see the patients in a timely manner, while providing excellent care with compassion. I was most impressed by the staff and their attentiveness. Everyone is kind and caring while maintaining their professionalism.”

Listen to your body and take action on warning signs. Preventative health is what it is all about!

Dr. Gino Sedillo, M.D. F.A.C.C.
Dr. Gino Sedillo, M.D. F.A.C.C. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Sedillo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology, and has been a member of the American College of Cardiology since 1996. He completed his residency training for Internal Medicine at the University of Texas, where he was voted Intern of the Year and was selected Chief Medical Resident. He completed his Cardiology training at the Texas Heart Institute/ St. Lukes Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was elected Chief Interventional Fellow. Dr. Sedillo received additional specialization in Coronary and Peripheral Vascular Intervention as well as Pacemaker Implantation.

After 15 years of training, Dr. Sedillo started working for the Bradenton Cardiology Center in 1995. While there he performed more than 1,000 procedures per year and he began teaching procedures and techniques to other practicing cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and interventional radiologists. He served as Director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Most recently, in May 2011, Dr. Sedillo founded his independent practice, CardioVascular Solutions Institute, with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton. Since then Dr. Sedillo has been named director of the Percutaneous Coronary Intervention program at Doctors Hospital in Sarasota.

When he’s not seeing patients, teaching other physicians or doing clinical research, Sedillo cherishes time with his three children.

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