It’s important to have a primary care physician (PCP) when you are making your decisions to seek cardiovascular care. PCPs are here to help you manage your overall health and well-being throughout your entire healthcare experience, including coordinating your specialty care. By making your PCP the first medical professional you consult for your health needs, you’ll have the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with someone who will help you live a longer, healthier life. Although your PCP is usually in an outpatient setting, if you are admitted to the hospital, your PCP may assist in or direct your care, depending on the circumstances.
Your primary care physician plays an important role in your heart health by:
- Understanding your heart and overall health history
- Managing your progress over time
- Prescribing important preventive care measures
- Providing vital communication and coordination of care among your entire healthcare team, including your cardiovascular physician