Following a diagnosis of heart disease, a cardiac event, or
surgery or another procedure, you will encounter many health professionals.
Each will have a specific role in your cardiac rehabilitation (rehab). Whether you have
had cardiac surgery or have been diagnosed with a heart condition, a team of
specialists will assist you with all of your cardiac needs.
Depending on your diagnosis and planned course of treatment, you will
probably be in close contact with many health professionals in the hospital.
After you leave the hospital, it is important for you to stay in touch with
your doctor or other health professionals who can continue to watch your
progress and health status. You will probably keep in close contact with your
primary care physician and your cardiologist. You should also be aware of any
local rehab programs or support groups.
everybody's experience is different. A variety of health professionals can help
guide you through your treatment. And it's best if you are willing to help make
sure the treatment fits your experiences.
Understanding your providers' roles
You may need a
team of health professionals, including specialists and generalists, to help
treat your heart condition and manage your treatment plan. Although you may not
need help from all of these providers, be aware of the types of
professionals that you may encounter. It is important that you understand their
roles so you can take advantage of their expertise.
table outlines the types of health professionals who may be involved in your
Your health care team
Who are they?
What is their role?
When would you see them?
Primary care physician
Internist, family doctor
Manage your medical care
Regular visits (about 2 to 4 each year)
Heart specialist, including cardiac electrophysiologist
Provide you with specialty medical care for your
Sometimes for regular visits, or whenever your
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