"At age 39, I was a healthy woman presenting with chest pain, light headedness. EKG was abnormal. He sent me home with a holter monitor and said come back in 3 days for echo and stress test. I felt uneasy about his assessment so I went to St Joes. They did heart enzyme test and I was in the midst of an active heart attack! 99% occluded artery with a blood clot. Needed 2 stents. St Joes cardiologist said if had I followed Dr. Reddy's orders, I would have been dead by the follow up or died when I taxed my heart on the stress test. I saw Dr. Reddy in the cardiac unit when I was admitted to the hospital and he sheepishly ducked out of the room. BEWARE! Dr. Reddy is THE MOST incompetent doctor I have EVER come across!! Your life is at risk in his care!!!"
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Adult Cardiology
6335 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek, GA 30097
cardiac imaging, cardiac electrophysiological study, electrophysiological (EP) study ...
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.