"Dr. Michael Funk is a phenomenal doctor and a doctor that truly cares. I am very happy with his knowledge and expertise but even more so, I am touched by his bedside manner. He doesn't look at you and just see dollar signs, he sees a patient that needs help and does absolutely everything he can to take care of you. I trust this man and I wouldn't go anywhere else for my cardiac care. Dr. Funk's staff add to the amazing experience I always have in his office. All are willing and happy to help, all have a specific job and all do it very well. I never wait more than a few minutes for my appointment. I can't say enough about this incredible doctor and his equally amazing staff. I highly recommend him. "
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What is Cardiology?
Cardiology is the study of the heart and blood vessels, and a cardiologist makes sure they are functioning well. Patients see cardiologists for many issues affecting the circulatory system, including:
Hypertension, or high blood pressure
Heart attack prevention and treatment
Congestive Heart Failure, where the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body
Heart transplant evaluation and care after surgery
Peripheral vascular disease, where arteries in the limbs narrow and reduce blood flow
Aneurysm, or a swelling in the blood vessels
Coronary Artery Disease, where the blood vessels delivering oxygen and nutrients to the heart become blocked
After performing a physical exam, a cardiologist may order a number of imaging tests in order to get a better understanding of what disease or complication might be causing problems in the heart and blood vessels. Some of these might include:
An electrocardiogram, which checks the heart's electrical activity
X-rays to see tissues more clearly
Cardiac catheterization, where a small tube is directed into the heart to test pressure, oxygen levels, and blood flow
Although some cardiologists provide primary care, cardiologists more typically work as consultants to primary care physicians when a heart issue comes up. Cardiologists do not perform surgery, but they can perform 'interventional' procedures, such as balloon angioplasty (where a balloon is used to stretch open narrowed veins) or stent placement to keep blood flowing.