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)
||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
||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
||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
||They answer questions about how often to take your drugs and the side effects they might cause.
||Whenever you need prescriptions filled