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By: Lee w P.
Dr. Ramakrishnan R Ranganath, MD
He and his staff and friendly, nice and are good people. Dr Ranganoth and my other cardiologist Dr. B Hirsch both take take the time to demonstrate what needs to done prior to the procedure and what was done afterwards, putting me feel at ease. These two doctors are amazing and wonderful men.
Dr. James J Harrell Jr, MD
When I called here we had already seen two cardiologist's and one surgeon. And we still were confused and more than a little scared. The nurse, Vicki, took the time to talk with me several times before we ever became patients there. I say "we" because this office understands that if one family member is ill or in trouble it affects the entire family. The doctor we saw, Dr. Springer, took his time explaining all of our options in plain language. He made prompt arrangements to see a cardiologist that same morning "himself" to save us both a trip (2 plus hours one way) and the added stress of waiting another few days as well.His staff was polite & warm. They got us in on time, no long waits here. Everyone there was helpful and actually acted like they worked for us, and NOT like they were in a hurry to be somewhere else.
Tips & Advices
Yes, children will generally need a referral to see a specialist such as a pediatric cardiologist.
As with any doctor practicing in the United States , cardiologists are only required to be licensed to practice medicine in the state in which they reside. Being certified by a medical board is a separate process, however approximately 85 percent of U.S. physicians are certified by at least one specialized medical association.
Pediatric cardiologists can perform or recommend imaging of the heart and tests for its function, which may include:
  • Ultrasound, CT or PET scans.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Respirometry
  • Exercise study
  • Blood tests
  • General physical exam
A pediatric cardiologist helps diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases through noninvasive means, but may recommend a patient for surgery. The pediatric cardiac surgeon is the doctor who performs these surgeries when needed.
In the United States, pediatric cardiologists must first complete the same training as all medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate study and four years of medical school. Next, students will begin their three-year residency, during which they might choose to specialize in pediatrics. To specialize in cardiology, students will usually need to undergo additional years of training.

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