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kirbyboy posted:
Why is my dr not checking my heart if I have stage 4 kidney, diabetic and high blood pressure? What should I ask for? I see only specialist. Thank you
john-skpt responded:
You might need to ask for a referral to a cardiologist. Any doc worth a darn can listen to a heartbeat and give blood pressure meds, but to do a more complete exam, your nephrologist simply doesn't have the expertise and the equipment required to do a stress test, an echocardiogram, or an angiogram.
beenblessed_nana responded:
I agree with John-skpt. You need to be your own advocate and ask for a referral to see a cardiologist and it should come from your primary care physician, not your nephrologist.

Your post is a month old, I hope that you have gotten an appointment with a cardiologist and are now under his or her care. Let us know how you are doing, please!

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