Diagnoses and treats heart problems, as well as coordinates heart care.
Performs exams and procedures, including stress tests and angiograms.
Works with patients to manage, reduce or eliminate risk factors for heart disease.
Sees patients referred by a primary-care physician after heart disease risk factors have been identified.
Sees patients who self-refer for heart care.
Can prescribe heart medications.
Can make referrals to other heart physician specialists such as a cardiovascular radiologist, electrophysiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular or thoracic surgeon or robotic-assisted cardiac surgeon.
Can work hand-in-hand with other heart specialists during certain procedures.
Can use X-ray, angiogram, ultrasound, cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, magnetic resonance angiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and nuclear heart scan, to screen and diagnose heart conditions, or monitor treatment progress.
Specializes in the heart’s electrical signaling, which can be the source of arrhythmias where the heart beats too rapidly, slowly or erratically.