How a Cardiologist Could Help You
By Grand Rapids Cardiology
December 04, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Cardiologist  

Having a cardiologist is an essential part of your health care. Why? Simple. The heart's the most important organ and you need a doctor, cardiologistlike Dr. Ronald VanderLaan in Grand Rapids, MI, who knows about your medical history. He'll know what you need and what's best for you!

What is a cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in treating heart diseases and heart abnormalities. Cardiologist, unlike a cardiac surgeon, tests, diagnoses, and carries out some procedures.
A cardiologist reviews a patient's medical history and performs a physical examination by checking the person's weight, heart, lungs, blood pressure, and blood vessels.

A cardiologist may carry out certain procedures such as: heart catheterizations, angioplasty, inserting a pacemaker, angioplasties, stenting, valvuloplasties, congenital heart defect corrections and coronary thrombectomies.

What types of heart diseases does a cardiologist help with?

  • atherosclerosis
  • atrial fibrillation
  • arrhythmias
  • congenital heart disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • congestive heart disease
  • high blood cholesterol
  • hypertension
  • pericarditis
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • high blood pressure


What tests help cardiologists diagnose heart diseases?

  1. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) enables your Grand Rapids doctor to evaluate recorded electrical activity of the heart.
  2. Ambulatory ECG records heart rhythms while someone exercises or goes about their regular activities. Your cardiologist places small metal electrodes on to the chest to record the rhythms.
  3. An exercise test shows heart-rhythm changes while a person is resting and exercising to measure the heart's performance.
  4. Echocardiogram provides an ultrasound picture of heart chambers to make it possible for the cardiologist to examine how well the heart is functioning.
  5. Echocardiography measures how well the heart pumps blood and can detect inflammation, structural abnormalities and infections.
  6. Cardiac catheterization is a small tube that collects data and relieves blockage. It also takes pictures to aid doctors in monitoring the heart's electrical system.
  7. Nuclear cardiology is a noninvasive test that uses radioactive materials to study cardiovascular disorders.

Are you interested in speaking with a cardiologist? If so, call Dr. Ronald VanderLaan at his Grand Rapids, MI, office at (616) 717-5141 today!