What is the role of an interventional cardiologist?
interventional cardiologist can do a cardiac catheterization, an invasive
procedure used to take X-rays of your arteries and diagnose any narrowed areas
in your coronary arteries. An interventional cardiologist can also do an
angioplasty and place stents during a cardiac
catheterization to open narrowed or blocked arteries.
What is the role of a cardiac surgeon?
In some people, an open-chest surgery, called bypass surgery, may be recommended to bypass the blocked vessel and allow blood to
reach the heart.
A cardiothoracic surgeon (also called a cardiovascular surgeon or a
cardiac surgeon) is a specialist trained to do this surgery.
What are the roles of other specialists?
If you develop certain CAD-related complications, you may need to see
a number of other specialists to treat your specific conditions. For example,
you may need to see a nephrologist (kidney specialist) if you develop kidney
problems or a neurologist (brain and nervous system specialist) if CAD leads to
a stroke. Your primary care physician will direct you to the specialists who
are skilled in treating your specific condition. You may be referred to the
While primary care physicians serve as central coordinators of care
for many people with CAD, nurse educators are valuable resources as well.
addition to serving as a care coordinator, your nurse educator will serve other
important functions. For example, a professional educator may be the first one
to help you understand CAD, begin your treatment plan, teach you about the
effects of various medicines on your condition, and help you with lifestyle
One of the nurse educator's most important roles is to provide you
with the information you need about your disease as you are ready to handle it.
You will have CAD for the rest of your life, and your nurse educator can be
there with the information that you need to adapt to changes in your condition.
Cardiac rehabilitation team
A cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program teaches you how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. A cardiac rehab team often includes a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physical therapist. The team designs a program just for you, based on your health and goals. Then they give you support to help you succeed.