Cardiology - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who has special training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. This specialty is known as cardiology.

  • Cardiologists often treat a wide variety of disorders, including conditions involving the heart valves, heart muscle and the organ's blood vessels.
  • A cardiologist may also be requested to evaluate shortness of breath, chest pains, dizzy spells, heart murmurs or ECG changes.

Cardiologists provide medication management when needed. Some cardiologists are also trained to perform various procedures to diagnose and treat heart disorders. These include:

  • Cardiac catheterization (placing a small flexible tube into the heart to diagnose a variety of heart conditions)
  • Angioplasty (using a small flexible tube to open a blocked heart artery)
  • Angioplasty with stent (using a small flexible tube to open a blocked heart artery and then placing mesh tube to keep the artery open)

Your primary care physician is in the best position to coordinate your health care needs and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Therefore, it is usually best to start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.
  • Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the recommendation?
  • Are there any conservative, non-surgical alternatives to the procedure or surgery?
  • Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential complications if I decide against the procedure or surgery?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, how many years have you been performing them? How many have you done? What are your typical results after surgery?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Specialist
Office Visit
Heart Doctor
Consultation
Cardiology - Specialist Visit
Cardiologist


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