Dedicated Cardiologist or Primary Care Physician

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Pratoman
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   Posted 12/16/2015 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in June of this year with Coronary Artery Disease, with a very high Calcium Score of 937, and stents put in to clear blockages of 80 and 85% in the LAD and Distal Circumflex.
I am fine now, have been taking my meds (plavix and 10 MG Crestor), watching my diet, doing a lot of walking, and my Total Cholesterol is 112, with LDL of 42. Triglycerides are up though from 148 to 208 at my last test which was two weeks ago.

I feel good, and in fact, ran a 5k race last month. I just turned age 65.
My question which i am looking for opinions on is this...

My Primary Care Physician is my treating Cardiologist. I have been with him for over 10 years and have a high level of confidence in hi as a Dr. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. His practice is both.

Is there any reason that i should consider seeing a dedicated Cardiologist to monitor my disease as opposed to my current cardiologist who practices both as a Cardiologist and a GP?

Any educated opinions and points of view appreciated?

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   Posted 12/17/2015 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
interesting. my endocrinologist works as a gp as well. I like the fact the gp's (primary care dr's) are certified in other areas. since they know your whole history and you then I see it as a win-win. my gp now 71, has been around and knows me backwards, me him too, and if in doubt of himself he will refer me to the appropriate people. gp's (pc) are trained in a diverse array of areas, others who treat in one area are experts in there field-and sometimes we need that expertise. great topic.
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   Posted 12/17/2015 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you probably have the best of both worlds since your GP is board certified in both areas. I personally feel a good internist is worth their weight in gold. They look at the body as a whole when a problem pops up. Being that he knows your history for the past 10 yrs I honestly see no need in getting with a cardiologist. A cardiologist is someone you will see once a year or every 6 months at best. He will not know you or your history seeing you a couple of times a year. Believe me when I make that statement too. I have been under the care of one ever since I was 28 yrs old & I am now 62. They no more know who I am than the man in the moon. I would love to be in your situation with your internist. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Pratoman
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   Posted 12/18/2015 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks fir the feedback. Good points.
I've always thought he was test happy. But now his "stupid tests". Have saved my life twice.

He's known in the local medical community as a great diagnostician, and also knows his limitations. So I am inclined to stay with him. Thanks for validating my thoughts.

Post Edited (Pratoman) : 12/18/2015 5:05:47 PM (GMT-7)

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