If you have a cardiovascular condition or are recovering from heart surgery, you will work with a local cardiologist and a local family physician. Research shows that heart disease/heart failure can lead to neurological problems later in life, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A lack of oxygen during a heart attack or a stroke can also lead to brain damage. A local neurologist is a doctor who treats patients who have disorders that affect the brain. They also treat disorders of the spinal cord and its peripheral nerves and muscles. Your local family physician can refer you to a local neurologist if they feel that you would benefit from working with one. Your local neurologist can work with your other healthcare providers, including your local endocrinologist, physiotherapist, cardiologist, athletic therapist, pharmacist and local registered dietitian. If you have a heart condition such as COPD or have experienced heart failure and would like to learn more about working with a local neurologist, talk to your local family physician.