Dubbed “The Silent Killer” because its warning signs often go unnoticed before it’s too late, the CDC reports that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for one in every three deaths.
In an endeavor to promote a more proactive approach to heart health by the public, Vitals has released the list of the Top 10 Patient-Rated Cardiologists in St. Louis.
Although cardiovascular disease pervades every corner of American society, there are some people who are especially susceptible. According to the American Heart Association, those who are overweight, diabetic, have a poor diet, or lead a sedentary lifestyle, as well as smokers and those with a history of heart disease in their families, are at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Should you fall into one or more of these categories, or particularly if you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, or chest pains, be sure to see your general physician for advice on how to improve your condition and for cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. These tests will help your doctor ascertain the health of your heart and determine whether to recommend that you see a cardiologist.
A cardiologist will evaluate your symptoms, take your health and family history, and record your weight. Diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram, X-ray or blood tests, will reveal any heart-related issues. If necessary, the cardiologist may also call for a cardiac catheterization – a procedure in which a small tube is inserted into or near the heart that can take pictures of the its activity, or relieve blockage.
If a heart condition is diagnosed, a cardiologist will treat you through blood pressure and cholesterol management, cardiac rehabilitation, and a fitness regimen. If surgical intervention is necessary, the cardiologist will make that determination and refer you to a cardiothoracic surgeon who will perform the procedure.
Vitals’ Top 10 Patient-Rated Cardiologists are those doctors who’ve been rated the highest in qualities that patients value: a good bedside manner, accessibility, adequate follow-up, ease of appointment, diagnosis accuracy, time spent with the patient, office wait time, and staff courtesy.
The list was derived by analyzing the ratings of St. Louis’s 109 patient-rated cardiologists on Vitals, along with other quality measures. The ratings and review section of Vitals is the most viewed section of the doctor profile, and more than 35,000 patients each month leave doctor reviews.
Below are the Top 10 Patient-Rated Cardiologists in St. Louis, as featured on Vitals:
- Dr. Russell Canham, St. Louis, MO, (314) 362-1297
- Dr. Gregory Botteron, St. Louis, MO, (314) 692-2807
- Dr. Tapas Ghose, St. Louis, MO, (314) 965-9980
- Dr. Matthew Bosner, St. Louis, MO, (314) 569-1090
- Dr. Frank Paletta, St. Louis, MO, (314) 994-9970
- Dr. Mitchell Faddis, St. Louis, MO, (314) 362-8803
- Dr. Patricia Cole, St. Louis, MO, (314) 993-6969
- Dr. Jose Sanchez, St. Louis, MO, (314) 993-6969
- Dr. Carey Fredman, St. Louis, MO, (314) 432-7839
- Dr. Mark Chin, St. Louis, MO, (314) 447-1301
For more information about these cardiologists, or to find other specialty or primary care physicians in your area, visit Vitals.com.