A local cardiothoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who performs surgery on the heart, lungs and other chest (thoracic) organs. A local cardiothoracic surgeon will work closely with your local cardiologist if you need heart surgery for heart disease. A local cardiologist is a medical doctor who treats diseases of the cardiovascular system and the blood vessels. If you have heart failure, a heart murmur, have experienced a heart attack, stroke or a genetic cardiac condition, you may work with a local cardiothoracic surgeon. A local cardiothoracic surgeon may perform cardiovascular surgeries such as cardiac ablation in children, stent implementation, coronary angioplasty, ICD or pacemaker implementation and bypass surgery. If you’d like to learn more about how a local cardiothoracic surgeon can help you manage your cardiovascular health or perform a heart surgery such as heart valve surgery, talk to your local family physician or local cardiologist. A local cardiothoracic surgeon can also work with other members of your healthcare team, including your local registered dietitian, chiropractor, endocrinologist, massage therapist, nutritionist or athletic therapist.