The following links take you to patient-friendly information provided by cardiologychannel.com, a physician-monitored resource:
- Cardiosmart.org, a patient education website sponsored by the American College of Cardiology
Some Pamphlets we have prepared to help educate you:
- Aortic Duplex Imaging
- Arterial/Venous Duplex Imaging
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Stent
- Carotid Duplex Imaging
- CT Angiography
- Enhanced External Counterpulsation
- Event Monitoring
- Heart Catheterization
- Holter Monitoring
- Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test
- Renal Artery Duplex Imaging
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Treadmill Nuclear Stress Test
- Treadmill Stress Test
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial fibrillation
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Stress and stress management
- Healthy Diet - NHLBI's "Aim for a Healthy Weight"
- Smoking Cessation
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Joslin Diabetes Center
- Diabetes - American Diabetic Association
Do you have a personal health story that you would like to share with others?
Many people, especially when newly diagnosed, find comfort in knowing that others are having similar experiences. This is also helpful for loved ones of those dealing with health-related issues.
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Heart Association
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association
- Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) Support
- Society for Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Congenital Heart Defect
- Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)
- Children's Heart Foundation
- The Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients Association
Open Heart Surgery
General Health Care Resources
If you are looking for a doctor that uniquely specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels, you want to see a cardiologist. A cardiologist goes through four years of medical school and then three years of training in general medicine before spending three years or more in specialized training to handle heart and vessel related health issues.
When Should You See a Cardiologist?
If you have seen your general practitioner and they believe that you have symptoms that are indicative of a heart problem, they may refer you to a cardiologist.
Symptoms of heart problems include:
- Chest pain
- Fainting spells
- Heart murmur
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
What Does a Cardiologist Do?
Cardiologists diagnose heart disease, and help those who have it to manage their condition and live a healthier life to prevent other complications. They also handle heart attacks, irregular heart rhythms and heart failure. A cardiologist is also the doctor that determines whether angioplasty or heart surgery is necessary to correct an issue.
What Happens at an Appointment with a Cardiologist?
Your cardiologist will take your vitals when you visit, including your blood pressure and heart rate, and perform a physical examination. They will also discuss your detailed medical history to pinpoint your risk factors for developing certain conditions.
Some conditions can be diagnosed through a physical exam. Other issues will require additional testing, like an EKG or a blood test. Aside from discussing treatment options like medications or procedures, we may also recommend lifestyle changes. This may include increasing exercise or improving your diet.
If your general practitioner has referred you to a cardiologist, or you feel you may be experiencing heart-related symptoms, call our office today to schedule an appointment. The health of your heart is too important to hesitate over.