Your Heart Doctors
Your Sanford Heart team is made up of nationally recognized, experienced cardiologists, heart surgeons, electrophysiologists, geneticists and researchers. At Sanford heart hospitals and clinics, you benefit from the most advanced technologies and treatments to keep your heart strong.
What is a Cardiologist?
A cardiologist – basically, a heart doctor – is not your primary care provider. Cardiologists are specialists who only work with you if you need special heart-related care or have had heart-related conditions in the past.
Other doctors consult cardiologists with questions about heart disease.
Cardiologists are one part of your Sanford Heart team. We work together to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels, including:
High blood pressure: High blood pressure (hypertension) means your arteries have an increased resistance against the flow of blood and directly increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke.
Heart attack: A heart attack happens when a blockage forms in the arteries, and one or more areas of the heart don’t get enough blood and oxygen.
Heart failure: When you have heart failure, your heart can’t pump oxygen and blood to the rest of your body as well as it should.
Atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib, is a kind of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
Coronary artery disease: Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease (CAD), is the swelling and buildup of fatty deposits along the inside of the coronary arteries.
When Should You See a Cardiologist?
Your doctor may refer you to a cardiologist if you have symptoms of heart or blood vessel problems or have a family history of heart disease.
See us for prevention and diagnosis, treatment and cardiac rehab, device and medication support. You also can get customized care based on your genetic makeup. We’ll prescribe the right medications based on your DNA.
Visit our experts in cardiology for:
Heart screenings: We offer heart tests made for you to take control of your long-term health. These painless tests give you and your provider a better look at your risk for heart disease, helping you plan for your future heart care.
Heart treatments and surgery: Where do you turn for managing abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, high blood pressure or heart failure? Turn to the cardiologists at Sanford Health. Treatments include aortic stenosis treatment (TAVR), heart monitoring and heart valve treatment.
Heart rehabilitation and support: At Sanford Health, we provide support and rehabilitation for our heart patients in a variety of ways: exercise, education, medication management and more. We help you get back to what you love doing.
Children's cardiology: Choose Sanford Children's Pediatric Cardiology for treating heart-related birth defects, disorders and disease in newborns through young adults – all in a child-friendly setting.
We’ll see you at Sanford heart hospitals and clinics in several locations in the Upper Midwest. For your convenience, Sanford Heart providers travel to other clinic locations to provide expert heart care near you.
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