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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do many cardiologists follow their angioplasty patients?

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Dr. Alan Zunamon
Cardiology 39 years experience
Yes: Not all cardiologists perform angioplasty and not all cardiologists who do perform angioplasty follow their patients over time. I believe that anyone who has had angioplasty, should see a cardiologist at least once/year to make sure all of the risk factors are being controlled as much as possible.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Varies Widely, No: Cardiologists focusing on procedures commonly depend on referrals for business. Referring docs often feel threatened by cardiologist staying involved & stop future referrals. Many cardiologists promote that basic medical care is not their job (complex & does not pay as well). Thus, unfortunately, the best interests of people with advanced disease can get lost in workings of the medical system.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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