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If you have a cardiac or peripheral vascular-related concern, work with your primary care physician. They will help you to identify the problem and get the necessary referral into the Bellin Health Heart & Vascular Team.
Once at Bellin, your situation will be assessed, and you will be seen by the appropriate specialist(s).
To better understand the role of each cardiac or vascular specialist available, here are some brief descriptions.
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A cardiologist deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulatory system, including those that stem from birth abnormalities, diseases, or advancing age. Cardiologists take care of a variety of heart conditions, such as rheumatic heart disease in children and congestive heart failure and heart attack in adults.
Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons
Cardiac surgery generally refers to surgery of the heart and great vessels, and thoracic surgery generally refers to surgery of the chest other than the heart. Cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery are separate surgical specialties, but are frequently grouped together as cardiothoracic surgery. A cardiothoracic surgeon will perform surgery within the realm of both cardiac and thoracic surgery.
Neurologists diagnose, treat, and manage patients with neurological disorders. Neurological disorders are disorders that affect the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), the peripheral nervous system (peripheral nerves - cranial nerves included), or the autonomic nervous system.
Vascular surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed, largely via surgical intervention. The vascular surgeon is trained in the diagnosis & management of diseases affecting all parts of the vascular system except that of the heart & brain.
Radiologists are physicians expert in the use of medical imaging technologies. Radiologists utilize an array of imaging technologies such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging, to diagnose or treat disease.
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some procedures are diagnostic purposes, such as an angiogram, while others are for treatment such as an angioplasty.