Dr. Volgman shares how a woman can insure her heart doctor is up-to-date on the latest procedures and treatments.
Well, first of all, you need to know whether the doctor is board certified in cardiology or board certified in internal medicine or primary care. And if they are, when was the last time they took their test, because if they are grandfathered in and they took their boards in the 1970s, they may still be operating with a knowledge from the 70s.
And so we need to empower women to ask their physicians what kind of practice they have, how they keep up with their continuing medical education. These are not offensive questions.
This is an empowered woman’s questions for their physicians, and if that doctor is offended by it, it is time to look for another doctor. Do not stay with a doctor who doesn’t treat you with respect because life is too short, and there are many doctors who are wonderful, who can take care of your needs and will respect you.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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