Who are they?
What is their role?
When would you see them?
|Primary care physician||Internist, family doctor||They manage your medical care.||Regular visits (about 2 to 4 each year)|
|Cardiologist||Heart specialist, including cardiac electrophysiologist||They give specialty medical care for your heart.||Sometimes for regular visits, or whenever your condition changes|
|Other specialist physicians||Nephrologist (kidney specialist), neurologist (brain/nerve specialist), lipid disorder specialist, endocrinologist, or physiatrist (rehab specialist)||They give specialty medical care in their area of specialization.||Whenever complications arise or special procedures need to be done|
|Cardiac surgeon||A physician specialist trained to operate on your heart ||They perform surgeries, such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries and heart transplants.||If you are considering a cardiac surgery or to follow up after the surgery|
|Nurse/nurse practitioner/nurse educator||Type of nurse||They educate you and help you take control of your condition.||Whenever your medicines or diet orself-management need to be explained|
|Physical therapist/ occupational therapist/rehab nurse||Specific type of professional or nurse||They help with building up your strength during recovery and rehab.||While you are in the hospital and after discharge|
|Physical therapist or exercise physiologist||Expert in improving health through exercise||They help you plan and maintain appropriate exercise and lifestyle behaviors.||Inpatient recovery and outpatient rehab|
|Registered dietitian||Expert in diet and nutrition||They help you plan and stay with an appropriate diet.||For help creating a heart-healthy diet that works for you|
|Psychiatrist/ psychologist/ social worker/ case manager||Mental health professional (except the case manager) who helps coordinate care and provider services||They help you cope with psychological aspects of your condition. They also help coordinate your care and services.||Regularly (perhaps weekly), for as long as needed|
|Pharmacist||Pharmacology professional||They answer questions about how often to take your drugs and the side effects they might cause.||Whenever you need prescriptions filled|