Rely on your Palos Health team to get to know you and your goals, so
you receive the personalized support you need to reach your best heart health.
Your primary care physician coordinates the care you receive, providing referrals to specialists and helping you access the right services. Your Palos Health providers will communicate with each other and stay up-to-date on your treatment plan, even as your needs may change.
Depending on your diagnosis and other factors, you may work with:
- Cardiac surgeon – Doctor with advanced training to operate on the heart
- Cardiologist – Doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating heart problems
- Interventional Cardiologist – Doctor who specializes in catheter-based treatments for heart disease
- Electrophysiologist – Heart rhythm expert who diagnoses and treats arrhythmias
- Thoracic surgeon – Doctor who treats conditions that affect the organs in the chest
- Vascular surgeon – Specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions that affect the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries)
- Registered nurse, or RN – Licensed professional who helps prevent and manage health conditions
- Advanced practice nurse – RN with advanced education in patient care
Other Providers You May See
If you have other health conditions or concerns, your team may also include:
- Registered respiratory therapist – Professional who evaluates and treats conditions like asthma, heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that make it hard to breathe
- Certified diabetes educator – Expert in diabetes prevention and self-management
- Home health provider – Professional who offers in-home medical care and assists with daily activities
- Nephrologist – Doctor who specializes in kidney care
- Palliative care provider – Professional who helps improve quality of life for patients and their loved ones through symptom treatment and caregiver support
- Physical therapist, or PT – Rehabilitation expert who uses different exercises and techniques to help you improve your strength, movement, and ability to do daily activities
- Pulmonologist – Doctor who focuses on respiratory system health
- Radiologist – Professional who uses imaging technology to diagnose and sometimes treat health conditions
- Registered dietitian nutritionist– Expert in nutrition who can help you make the best food choices for your health needs
- Social worker – Professional who offers emotional support and connects you with resources from Palos Health and the community
- Wound care provider – Physician, nurse, or physical therapist with advanced training to treat edema, wounds, and sores
You & Your Family’s Role
You and your loved ones are the most important part of your heart health team. Rely on Palos Health for education and guidance to manage a cardiac condition and care for yourself or your loved one at home.
Call the Palos Health Cardiovascular Institute at 708.923.5300 or view the list of our providers.