Frequently Asked Questions

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At Advanced Heart Care we want you to feel comfortable and well informed about your health concerns and treatment options. In order to help you be prepared, we’ve put together answers to some frequently asked questions.

Do you accept my insurance?

Advanced Heart Care accepts all commercial insurance providers, Medicare and most Medicare advantage plans. Medicaid is only accepted as secondary form of coverage. For a complete list of acceptable insurance plans, click here.

How do I get ahold of my doctor?

Because your heart is important we want you to have access to our office anytime through the Patient Portal. Once you’ve registered (our office staff can set you up in 5 minutes or less) you’ll be able to send emails to the office, request a refill, and to reach your Doctor.

Where are you located?

Because we continue to expand our service area you can find us at a location near you. Click here for location addresses and contact info.

  • Bowie
  • Decatur
  • Grapevine
  • Idabel
  • Keller
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Paris
  • Plano
  • Sulphur Springs

Are your doctors Board Certified?

Yes. All of the physicians at Advanced Heart Care are Board Certified or Board Eligible; most of the providers are Boarded in more than one area.

What can a cardiologist treat?

A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in caring for your heart and blood vessel health. To become a cardiologist, a doctor completes additional years of specialized medical educations about the heart. Here are some things a cardiologist may do:

  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Identify your risk of a heart attack or stroke
  • Treat blocked arteries- either the coronary arteries (in your heart) or the carotid arteries (in your neck)
  • Monitor your risks of heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, or abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Perform tests to visualize and asses your heart’s arterial and venous health
  • Evaluate Holter monitor or event recorder test to look for abnormal heart beats
  • Implant heart devices like pacemakers, implantable cardioveter defibrillators (ICD’s), or heart failure devices when indicated to prevent fainting spells, cardiac arrest and cardiac sudden death

An interventional cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in procedures to treat heart and blood vessel conditions. Here are some things an interventional cardiologist may do:

  • Perform cardiac catheterizations to visualize and assess your arterial and venous health
  • Perform angioplasty, stents, or artherectomy procedures to unblock an artery
  • Implant heart devices like pacemakers, implantable cardioveter defibrillators (ICDs), or heart failure devices
  • Initiate life style changes related to dietary and activity choices
  • Initiate preventative measures to lower cholesterol, inflammation and navigate a patients genetic risks

I’m running late…can I still see the doctor?

Yes, please call to notify us and we will accommodate you as best we can.

What is all going to be done on my first visit?

It depends on the reason you are being seen but typically the initial activity is a consultation with a physician to determine your needs and goals.

How do I obtain a copy of my medical records?

You can access all of your medical history and records via the Patient Portal.