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Cardiologists and Heart Doctors
The Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute’s (LCVI) team of experienced cardiologists and certified technologists work tirelessly to provide the latest breakthroughs in heart medicine in comfortable, patient-centered environments.
What Is a Cardiologist?
A cardiologist is a doctor trained to treat the diseases and issues of the cardiovascular system, comprised of the heart and blood vessels. They are qualified to treat conditions like heart attacks, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia, and may also prescribe medications or recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues.
When Should You See a Cardiologist?
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with cardiovascular issues. Consider making an appointment with a cardiologist if you are experiencing:
- Chest pain, which could be due to a lack of oxygen to the heart
- Leg pain or ulcers
- Unusually rapid or slow heart rate
- Shortness of breath
If you’re experiencing sudden, severe chest pain or pressure in the center or left side of the chest, call 911 right away.
What Diseases Do Cardiologists Treat?
Cardiologists treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including:
- Atherosclerosis – A condition in which fats, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the arteries, causing the blockage of blood flow. Atherosclerosis often has no symptoms until the plaque bursts, causing a blood clot. Sufferers may experience leg pain, poor wound healing, or stroke.
- Congenital heart disease – Refers to multiple defects in the heart’s structure that exist since birth. These affect the way blood flows through the heart, and can result in symptoms like abnormal heart rhythms, shortness of breath, and swollen tissue.
- Hypertension – Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension occurs when the force of blood flow against the artery walls is considered too high. If left untreated, the condition can cause more serious issues like stroke and heart attack.
- Ventricular tachycardia – A heart rhythm condition that is caused by atypical electrical signals in the ventricles, or the chambers of the heart. The condition causes the heart to beat very quickly, and symptoms can include chest pain, dizziness, and fainting.
What to Expect When Seeing a Cardiologist?
The diagnosis of a cardiovascular condition usually begins in consultation with your primary care provider, who will refer you to a cardiologist. During your first appointment, your cardiologist may perform a physical exam or request tests like electrocardiograms or blood tests. They will also ask about your medical history and any existing risk factors.
It’s also important to think about your concerns and the information you’d like to receive. Some questions you might consider asking your cardiologist include:
- What are my risk factors?
- What is the next step in my treatment?
- What measures can I take to reduce my risk for cardiovascular conditions?
Cardiologists and Heart Doctors Near Me in Rhode Island
The cardiac team at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals in Rhode Island deliver the highest level of cardiac care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To schedule an appointment, fill out our online form or call 1-855-332-8474.
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