After a diagnosis of heart disease, a cardiac event, or
surgery or another procedure, you will see many health professionals.
Each will have a specific role in your cardiac rehabilitation (rehab). Maybe you have
had cardiac surgery. Or maybe you have been diagnosed with a heart condition. In either case, a team of
specialists will help you with all of your cardiac needs.
probably be in close contact with many health professionals in the hospital.
(Who you see will depend on your diagnosis and treatment.) After you leave the hospital, make sure to stay in touch with
your doctor or other health professionals who can keep track of your
progress and health. You will probably keep in close contact with your
primary care physician and your cardiologist. Also, be aware of any
local rehab programs or support groups.
everyone's experience is different. A variety of health professionals can help
guide you through your treatment.
Understanding your providers' roles
You may need a
team of health professionals to help
treat your heart condition and manage your treatment plan. This team includes specialists and generalists. You may not
need help from all of these providers. But be aware of the different types you may see. When you understand their
roles, you can get the most out 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
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
Sometimes for regular visits, or whenever your
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