To provide specialized care for the heart and cardiovascular system in patients. Some of the conditions treated by Dr. Knopf may include high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, complications of diabetes, heart disease and defects, general chest pains, and other cardiovascular conditions.
Cardiology is a subspecialty of internal medicine encompassing the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the heart and cardiovascular system (also known as the circulatory system). Patients may visit a cardiologist directly, or may be referred to one by their primary care provider when they feel the patient may have a substantial heart condition that is beyond their scope of care.
Cardiologists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and cardiovascular conditions including congenital heart defects, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart disease, arrhythmias, high cholesterol, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and many other heart related conditions. To diagnose these conditions, cardiologists utilize a variety of diagnostic tests which may include: echocardiograms (echo), blood tests, cardiac catheterization, electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG) and cardiac stress testing, among other diagnostic procedures.
Some cardiologists may specialize further within the field of cardiology, providing care in one or more specific areas. These may include areas such as nuclear cardiology or interventional cardiology; additionally, some cardiologists specialize in treating a certain condition or demographic – such as congenital heart disease in adults.