Kymera provides both Invasive and Interventional Cardiology Services through coverage at both hospitals in Roswell. Kymera’s Board Certified Cardiologist use industry leading practices and state of the art technology to improve patient outcomes before heart disease is detected and requires treatment.
What is a Cardiologist?
Cardiologists are highly-trained, board certified medical specialists who treat conditions of the heart and circulatory system. Upon completion of their initial four-year medical school, each aspiring cardiologist must spend another three or so years in general internal medicine. Then, they must complete an additional three or so years training in their specialty.
Once they have their education and training, the cardiologist must pass a rigorous exam given by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The exam takes two days to complete and is designed to test both the knowledge and judgment of the cardiologist and his or her ability to provide excellent patient care.
Their specialty is examining the heart, surrounding tissues, arteries, and veins for abnormalities and disease. Note that although cardiology involves the cardiovascular system, the cardiologist does not work in blood conditions. For blood conditions, see Hematology.
Cardiologists are often called in as a specialist when a patient has some other condition being treated. They are also contacted after a patient suffers a heart attack, stroke, or similar ailment.
Why Did My Doctor Send Me to a Cardiologist?
If your general practitioner has noted formerly unknown heart murmurs or changes in your ECG, they may refer you to a cardiologist. If you have reported shortness of breath, dizzy spells, the feeling of pressure or pain in your chest, or seeming unrelated symptoms, you may get referred. These are all symptoms that someone could be experiencing a heart attack or stroke or may soon.
If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke, there is your answer. Your condition requires more than your general medical doctor can provide. You are to see a cardiologist because their job is to help you return to a full and normal life.
Conditions Cardiologists Treat
Cardiologists typically treat persons who have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Their focus is on the circulatory system and heart disease in particular. Because disorders may differ from child to adult, the term Cardiologist generally refers to those who specialize in treating adults. Pediatric cardiologists treat children.
Conditions diagnosed and treated by Cardiologists include:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Aortic Stenosis
- Chest pain
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- High blood cholesterol
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Long QT syndrome
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy
- Stable angina
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Syncope episodes
- Ventricular assist devices
- Valvular heart disease
- Vasovagal episodes
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
- Women’s heart disease
What Kind of Tests Can I Expect When Visiting My Cardiologist?
If you are required to see a cardiologist, there are numerous tests which you may undergo. Initially, your cardiologist will interview you about your medical history. You will be given a physical exam to check blood pressure, weight, general heart condition, general lung condition, and condition of blood vessels. At this point, your Kymera Cardiologist may have a diagnosis for you. If not, he may request additional tests including:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG), which is a soundwave image to check both the structure and function of your heart.
- Ambulatory ECG, which is a test to check for abnormal heart rhythms.
- Cardiac Catheterization, which is a test to see how the heart is functioning, to check the electrical system function, and help ease any blockage present.
- Exercise Test will study performance and limits.
The goal of these tests is to provide your cardiologist with insight regarding what is causing the problem.
Is Cardiology Covered by Insurance?
Cardiology is covered by all major insurance carriers in New Mexico. Patients, however should check with their Insurance carrier prior to making an appointment. Some insurance policies require a patient to first visit a primary care physician first to obtain a referral to a specialist. It is the responsibility of the patient to make sure their insurance company covers procedures, but Kymera will be happy to assist in any way we can. For questions related to coverage, contact us at (575) 627-9500.
What is FACC?
Perhaps the most important letters you want to see on the end of your cardiologist’s name are F.A.C.C.
FACC is a professional designation which indicates that your cardiologist has been accepted into the American College of Cardiology as a Fellow. The invitation to this organization means that your cardiologist has earned the highest honors based on his or her ability to provide outstanding patient services.
Other members of FACC have noticed your cardiologist’s dedication to professional competence and a commitment to excellence in providing cardiovascular care. As fellow members of FACC, these have nominated your cardiologist and he or she was accepted.
In other words, those little letters, FACC at the end of your cardiologist’s name mean he or she is among the best of the best. It means, you are in good hands with Kymera.