Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Payne, ARNP

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Whether the cardiologist sees you in the office or in the hospital, he or she will review your medical history and perform a physical examination which may include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some problems may be diagnosed by your symptoms and the doctor’s findings when you are examined. You may need additional tests such as an ECG, x-ray, or blood test. Other problems will require more specialized testing. Your cardiologist may recommend lifestyle changes or medicine. Each patient’s case is unique.

A Pinellas county native, Nicole is finally returning “home” after more than 25 years. During her time away, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Brenau University, located in Gainesville, Ga., where she was also the recipient of the Janice Turk Adkins award for outstanding scholarly achievement. After graduating she went to work for Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she worked in cardiology, critical care, and cardio-vascular intensive care. During her time there she was awarded the prestigious Daisy Award for extraordinary nursing. In addition, to working as a critical care nurse at NGMC, she also taught clinical nursing for the University of North Georgia, which is where she would later obtain her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Along with being a certified nurse practitioner, Nicole is also certified in critical care nursing, and cardiac medicine. Since returning to the Bay area, Nicole enjoys running at many of the county’s parks, going to the beach, paddle boarding, and spending time with family.

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Great News! Bay Area Heart Center is now offering Telehealth visits to ease your concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to have a Telehealth visit to replace your scheduled in-office visit, please call our office at 727-544-1441x934 so we can get you setup for Telehealth.