Online Patient Education Library
Our team of cardiologists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating heart problems. Please use our patient education library to learn more about the services we offer and the conditions we treat. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
The Web has a wealth of information on various topics that pertain to your health. Listed below are some websites that are great places to start to look for information on various health-related topics.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Drug Information:
- Los Alamos Council on Cancer
- American Cancer Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Lung Association
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
- FDA Approved Oncology Drugs
Cardiovascular Disease Resources:
General Health Resources:
- Clinical Trials
- National Women’s Health Network http://nwhn.org/
- Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s
- Mayo Clinic
- National Health Council
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Family Doctor
- Family Doctor (en espanol)
In addition, I would like to recommend a few sites on the value of pet therapy.
“Research studies have shown that pets or companion animals are beneficial to people, including the elderly. These studies have concluded that all types of pets provide older persons with a sense of emotional and physical security; an opportunity for exchanges of affection; distraction from ones own problems; compensation for sensory loss; satisfaction of the need to touch and be touched, to smile and to laugh; a decrease in depression; and the incorporation of rhythm and structure into daily routine. The animals seem to provide a boundless measure of acceptance, adoration, attention and unconditional love.”
-Quoted from the April 2002 issue (Vol. 10, No. 4) of Clinical Geriatrics, “The Therapeutic Use of Companion Animals,” by Antonios Likourezos, MA, MPH, Orah R. Burack, MA, and Melinda S. Lantz, MD
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.