By putting our patients first, treating each person as an individual, collaborating, sharing, and listening, and always acting with wisdom, compassion, and honor is how the cardiovascular team at Atrium Medical Center leads with care.
Atrium Medical Center’s cardiology and vascular teams are focused to deliver exceptional patient experiences and improve the lives of those we serve. Our team members are dedicated to provide the highest level of performance in all aspects of the patient experience – quality, safety, service, and inclusion.
- Advanced practice nurses combine professional clinical practice with advanced education, research, consultation, and clinical leadership.
- Cardiac clinical nurses care for people with heart disease and interact with patient families. They may monitor and treat acutely-ill patients, and help patients make lifestyle changes to help manage heart disease.
- Cardiologists are physicians with advanced training and skills in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of problems related to the heart and blood vessels.
- Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons are medical doctors who perform operations on the heart, lungs, and other organs in the chest.
- Cardiovascular technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating heart and peripheral vascular blood vessel ailments.
- Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses who, through study and supervision at a graduate level, have become proficient in a defined area of knowledge and practice in a selected clinical area of nursing, such as cardiovascular care.
- Dietitians help promote good health through proper eating. They supervise the preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, and educate individuals about good nutritional habits.
- Director of nursing is a nurse whose function is the administrative and clinical leadership of the cardiac nursing units.
- Echocardiography technicians assist cardiologists and cardiac surgeons by evaluating the heart via ultrasound or echocardiogram techniques.
- EKG technicians are responsible for performing diagnostic tests to access the heart rhythm and rate in patients.
- Electrophysiologists are cardiologists responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of rhythmic or electrical disorders of the heart.
- Exercise physiologists assist the cardiac rehabilitation team to educate and provide exercise leadership for inpatients and outpatients with the goal to restore optimal functional activity and understanding of cardiac disease management.
- Heart failure specialists are cardiologists with specialized training and board certification in the treatment of heart failure.
- Home health nurses provide care in the homes of patients. Patients may be elderly or disabled, recovering from an accident, or suffering from a serious illness.
- Hospitalists are physicians who practice in the field of general hospital medicine. Unlike years past, most primary care physicians do not come to hospitals to see their patients. Hospitalists are responsible for and treat medically-ill patients by coordinating patient care with family doctors and/or cardiologists. Hospitalists do not have offices or clinics, nor do they see patients outside of the hospital setting.
- Integrated case managers may be either a registered nurse, a social worker, or both who help families locate community resources, assist in crisis interventions, provide counseling, education patients about their diagnosis, and respond to the unique needs of families.
- Interventional cardiologists are specifically specialized in the mechanical treatment of cardiac disorders. They perform procedures on the heart by catheterization.
- Nurse managers coordinate and manage nursing staff in the cardiac units that specialize in caring for patients with heart problems.
- Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with graduate degrees in advanced practice nursing who are licensed to provide a broad range of health care services. A nurse practitioner may take a patient’s history, perform a physical examination, order laboratory tests and procedures, diagnose, treat and manage disease, write prescriptions, coordinate referrals, and teach disease prevention through healthy lifestyle choices.
- Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments.
- Nuclear medicine technologists are board certified health care professionals who use radiopharmaceuticals and specialized equipment to perform diagnostic evaluations of the heart.
- Patient care technicians are members of the health care team who performs direct and indirect patient care tasks under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
- Pharmacists are team members who prepare and provide medicines that a physician or nurse practitioner prescribes for patients.
- Physical therapists work with patients who have impairments, limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes.
- Physician assistants work with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.
- Pulmonologists are medical doctors who have a specialization in diseases of the lungs and respiratory system.
- Radiologists are specialized in diagnosing and treating diseases using medical imaging techniques such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
- Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.
- Speech therapists assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency.
- Stress testing nurses are registered nurses who perform exercise and medicated stress-testing under physicians’ supervision.
- Vascular surgeons specialize in the surgical treatment of disorders of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems.
Content Updated: November 5, 2014