Choosing a Cardiologist or Heart Surgeon
A cardiologist recommends medicines, lifestyle changes, and procedures to help you control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other factors that put you at risk for a heart attack. They coordinate your care with other specialists if you have a medical condition such as diabetes, a congenital heart defect, or genetic concern that increases your heart disease risk. And they team with subspecialists when you require care that only a specially trained heart doctor or heart surgeon can provide.
Having a Duke cardiologist or heart surgeon manage your care gives you access to the latest technology and treatments. Our ongoing collaboration to set nationally accepted treatment guidelines ensures you benefit from heart care that is backed by research.
High-Tech Heart Imaging
Imaging tests are the best way for you get the right treatment at the right time and the best possible outcome. Some of these imaging procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, require the careful insertion of a catheter to view the inside of the heart. Only large heart centers like Duke have the most up-to-date technology and credentialed, certified specialists who make treatment recommendations based on what they see.
Treatment Advances and Clinical Trials
Treatment advances have made it possible for many people to live with the damage that results from a heart attack or another type of heart disease. As a major academic medical center, we offer access to clinical trials that range from new therapies not available elsewhere to new ways to manage lifestyle changes that reduce your heart disease risk or help you live comfortably. We also offer hope to people who are not considered candidates for treatment elsewhere.
Referrals to Heart Disease Subspecialists
As one of the best heart hospitals in the U.S., we have on our staff heart disease experts who have advanced training and experience in specific types of heart disease and work only with those patient populations.