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Marcus Jeremy Cox MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
186 Kimel Park Drive
Winston-salem, NC

Dr. Marcus Cox is an adult cardiology specialist in Hendersonville, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Cox is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Novant Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Karen Marie Smith MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
average rating 4.87 stars (2 ratings)
186 Kimel Park Drive
Winston Salem, NC

Dr. Karen Smith specializes in adult cardiology. Before performing her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is professionally affiliated with North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and Novant Health. She is open to new patients.

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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.
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