OHSU’s general cardiology team provides expert care for all types of heart conditions. We support you through every stage of your heart care, so you can stay active and healthy.
- Complete, team-based care from world-class heart specialists.
- Full evaluation of your heart with advanced imaging technology.
- Access to the latest testing, treatment, and research at Oregon’s top-ranked heart hospital.
- Expertise in women’s health, cancer care, sports cardiology and HIV or other conditions that affect the heart.
Our heart care puts you at the center. You’ll find a full range of care all in one place — from testing to treatment.
We carefully evaluate and treat any symptom that could be related to your heart, including:
- Shortness of breath with exercise
- Chest pain
- Fainting spells
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
For most heart conditions, we treat you right in our clinic. Our heart doctors work with you and your primary care provider to tailor your care to your needs. For complex conditions, we bring together world-class specialists from across OHSU to give you complete, long-term care. Meet our general cardiology team.
We are part of the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, ranked No. 1 in Oregon for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. That means you benefit from the full resources of Oregon’s top heart team and only academic health center.
You’ll find leading-edge care for every stage of heart disease, including the region’s most complete heart transplant program. We’re here to support you and your family throughout your care.
Our doctors have extensive training and experience in caring for all heart conditions. Our team includes doctors with special expertise in:
Sports cardiology: If you’re an athlete or very active person with heart disease, we offer complete heart care tailored to your needs. We evaluate your heart to tell you if it’s safe to continue to participate in sports and help you improve your athletic performance.
Cancer (cardio-oncology): Cancer and cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy, can cause heart problems. Our experts in heart and cancer care work with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to support your heart health before, during and after cancer treatment. We also can support you if you have existing heart disease and now need cancer treatment.
Pericardial disease: We provide specialized care for pericarditis, inflammation of a thin sac-like membrane around your heart (pericardium). You’ll find advanced imaging, minimally invasive treatments, and a team of experts from across OHSU to guide your care.
Autoimmune diseases: If you have a systemic autoimmune disease, you have a higher risk of heart disease. We help prevent and treat heart problems related to diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Systemic sclerosis
- Connective tissue disorders
Nerve and muscular dystrophies: Diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy and myotonic dystrophy often cause serious heart problems, including cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Our experts can find and treat these conditions before you have symptoms.
HIV: People with HIV are more likely to have coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythm and heart failure. They also get heart disease about 10 years earlier than most people. We can find and treat these problems as early as possible.
Substance use disorder: Substance use can cause heart problems, including congestive heart failure, heart attacks, valvular heart disease, endocarditis and pulmonary hypertension. At OHSU, a dedicated team of specialists works together to treat both heart disease and substance use disorder at the same time. The team includes experts in:
- Heart care
- Addiction medicine
- Heart surgery
- Infectious diseases
Endocarditis: This is inflammation of your heart’s valves or chambers, usually caused by an infection. For the most complex cases, we work with a team of experts from across OHSU.
Microvascular disease and coronary vasospasm: When small blood vessels in your heart don’t work as they should, it can cause chest pain. Some routine tests of larger arteries can miss this problem. OHSU’s heart specialists offer complete evaluation and care of these conditions.
Conditions we treat
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Cardiac amyloidosis
- Arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
- Constrictive pericarditis
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Coronary spasm
- COVID-19 myocarditis
- Heart disease and pregnancy
- Heart palpitations
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH)
- Microvascular disease
- Myocardial bridge
- Myocardial ischemia
- Pericardial disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Premature ventricular contractions
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Shortness of breath
- Stress cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome)
What to expect
General cardiology is often the best place to start when you and your primary care provider think you might have a heart problem. We focus on finding out what is wrong with your heart and creating a care plan that’s right for you.
We work together to give you the best possible care. Your heart care team may include heart doctors, nurses, medical assistants and a pharmacist—all focused on your heart. Our scheduling specialists arrange your tests and visits on the same day whenever we can.
You also may see specialists in areas such as:
At your first visit, your heart doctor (cardiologist) will talk with you about your symptoms and do a physical exam.
We may also:
- Do an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) test and review the results with you.
- Talk with you about the tests you need and schedule them.
- Recommend some treatments before your full test results are back.
We know you may be worried about your symptoms. Our goal is to quickly learn as much as we can about your heart to guide your care.
Common and advanced heart tests
We use precise imaging and the latest technology to evaluate your heart. Our most common tests include:
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG): We measure your heart’s electrical activity using sensors (electrodes) on your chest, arms and legs. This test checks for an irregular, slow or fast heart rhythm (arrhythmia), and other conditions.
Portable heart monitor: We may ask you to wear a small wireless monitor on your chest to track your heart’s electrical activity during your regular activities.
Echocardiogram (echo): This is an ultrasound of your heart. It uses sound waves to create moving images of your heart’s structure, valves and blood flow. It can help us find and monitor many heart conditions, such as structural heart disease, poor heart function and narrowed or leaky valves.
Stress echo: We do echo tests of your heart before and after you exercise. We are looking for any changes in your heart when it’s working harder.
Stress myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear stress test): This test measures blood flow to your heart when it’s at rest and after exercise. We inject a radioactive dye to help us see the blood flow.
Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (CTA): We look for narrowing or blockages in the blood vessels using a contrast dye and X-ray images.
Cardiac MRI: A strong magnet and radio waves help us see abnormalities of your heart tissue in detail, including inflammation (myocarditis).
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT scan): This test uses X-ray to create detailed, 3D images of your heart. It helps us evaluate all stages of heart disease.
You care team may recommend treatment to help your heart work better, so you can feel better and be more active.
Medication: We treat most heart conditions with medication. Your doctor will talk with you about the best options for you. Medication can:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve your heart function
- Remove excess fluid
- Regulate your heart rhythm
- Control your cholesterol
- Thin your blood
- Exercise programs
- Weight management
- Support to stop smoking
- Stress reduction programs
- Diabetes management
- Nutrition services
Heart procedures: OHSU’s heart experts offer the latest techniques to fix heart problems, including minimally invasive and surgical options. Some common procedures include:
Heart failure and transplant care: If you need it, OHSU offers advanced care for heart failure, including complete transplant services.