Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cardiology Subspecialists Cover a Range of Heart Problems

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cardiology Subspecialists Cover a Range of Heart Problems

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Dear Doctor K: I'm at increased risk for heart disease. Should I see a cardiologist?

Dear Reader: For many people, a primary care physician (PCP) can effectively manage standard risk factors for heart disease.

You can check the websites of well-established health care institutions near your home. They can help you to identify doctors with expertise for your particular issue. In addition, many major academic medical centers have specialized clinics.

If you see a cardiologist, make sure that he or she is board- certified in cardiovascular disease with the American Board of Internal Medicine. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery certifies cardiovascular surgeons.

There has been a growing trend toward shared decision-making around medical care, and many doctors support their patients' efforts to take a more active role in their health care. …

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