A cardiologist is a doctor that specializes in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. They treat heart attacks, heart failures and serious heart rhythm disturbances. They also provide pre-and post-cardiac catheterization care and talk with you about the risks and prevention of heart disease.
When to See a Cardiologist
Your primary physician may refer you to a cardiologist at BCMH if he/she feels you may have a significant heart or related illness. Symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pains, or dizzy spells may require special testing done by a cardiologist.
Your cardiologist will work in conjunction with your primary doctor while guiding your care. Every person is different, but typically, your cardiologist's recommendations may include lifestyle changes and/or medicine. Most importantly, your cardiologist wants you to understand your illness and be an active participant in your own care.
What to Expect
Your cardiologist will review your medical history and may perform a physical exam. He/she may check your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs and blood vessels. Some problems or conditions may require additional tests, such as an Echocardiogram (ECG), x-ray, blood test or more specialized testing.
What Kind of Tests Do Cardiologists Perform at BCMH?
- Echocardiogram (heart sonogram) looks at the structure and function of the heart including the heart valves and blood flow through the heart.
- Stress tests including stress echo and nuclear diagnostic studies, to test for blockage in the arteries feeding the heart, these studies also measure your heart's performance and limitations.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test to measure the electrical activity of the heart.
- Holter Monitor is a device applied to the patient for 24 or 48 hours which measures electrical activity continuously, the patient is allowed to go home and perform all of their normal activities.
John M. Cox, D.O.
Medical One Clinic Outpatient Services Center
BCMH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
If you are recovering from a heart attack, bypass surgery, stent placement or other heart event, you could benefit from BCMH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
The program can help improve your quality of life and help you reach a higher level of functioning. You'll exercise, retrain your breathing and develop coping and support skills to better manage your condition.