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Cardiologists are specialists dealing with disorders of the heart. The field includes diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.

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At FirstMed, we perform standard EKGs, chest films, Holter exams, echocardiograms, ultrasound examinations of epiaortic vessels and abdominal aorta, and more.

Your primary care physician may recommend a cardiologist consultation to evaluate your risk for serious heart or vascular disease including:

  • Angina: Chest pain and/or claudication, from narrowed arteries providing blood to the heart. Angina usually causes uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest. You may also feel the discomfort in your neck, jaw, shoulder, back or arm.

  • Arrhythmia: Rhythmic disturbances of the heart are called arrhythmias; may include palpitations or missed heartbeats.

  • Shortness of breath: Which can indicate congestive heart failure or valvular problems

  • Cardiac events: such as a heart attack, which requires ongoing cardiological monitoring following the emergency care.

Key information to have on hand includes:

  • A list of your medications. It is important to include a list any vitamins and supplements you are taking. Make sure to include any medications that you were prescribed within the past year, even if you no longer take them.

  • Family medical history. Your family history is filled with important clues, especially including what you might know about instances of  your high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure even among your close relatives.

  • Your own medical history. List your surgeries, along with medical procedures, including diagnostic work-ups such as MRIs and lab reports.

  • A list of all your health care providers. This should include any doctor that you are currently seeing or have visited in the last two years. Dentists, chiropractors, and natural-healing practitioners are all worth mentioning, among others.

  • Your own questions. If you have some idea why you’re seeing a cardiologist, do some research to learn about it. Use sites such as the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, and write down questions about anything that is unclear to you.


Your cardiologist is an important member of your care team — that centers around you and your health. Take full advantage of the time, develop a good personal connection, and remember that no matter how small the detail, there’s nothing too minor to bring up at your appointment. You never know what information could lead to the right diagnosis and treatment.