An Internist is a Primary Care Physician who provides long-term comprehensive care. The physician manages both common illnesses and complex problems from adolescent age up to the elderly. Care by an Internist is characterized by extensive knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment by the humanistic qualities of integrity, support, and by a personal commitment to patients.
A cardiologist specializes in diseases of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and manages complex cardiac conditions. Cardiologists are skilled in the functional assessment of the heart and blood vessels and in the clinical evaluation of cardiovascular disease. The Cardiologist often performs complicated diagnostic procedures and consults with surgeons on open-heart surgery and performs angioplasty as needed.