A doctor who 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. Your cardiologist will also coordinate your care with other specialists -- for example, if you need surgery or have a medical condition such as diabetes or a genetic concern that increases your risk for heart disease.
Heart Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon
A surgeon who performs cardiac surgery to treat coronary artery disease and aortic, mitral, or other heart valve disease; implants ventricular assist devices (VADs); and performs heart transplant surgery.
A cardiologist specially trained in catheter-based procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease, vascular disease, and valve disease.
A cardiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating electrical and conduction problems that may cause arrhythmias. Electrophysiologists perform procedures such as cardiac ablation and pacemaker and defibrillator implantation.