The Important Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Caring for patients with cardiovascular disease takes a team effort. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, with an increasing number of patients in need of cardiovascular care, the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) has never been more important.

At the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are a critical, and growing, component of our practice. Our NPs and PAs (seen above) work collaboratively with our physicians to enhance your quality of care, provide more timely access to care, and increase patient satisfaction.

Each of these individuals have earned advanced graduate degrees and have chosen to subspecialize in cardiovascular medicine. Many of them have worked in cardiology for over 10 years and are highly trusted colleagues of all the cardiologists.

What Do Physician Assistants Do?

Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs can perform a wide variety of medical duties from basic primary care to advanced-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as the first or second assistants in major surgery, as well as provide pre and postoperative care for patients.

What Do Nurse Practitioners Do? 

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed graduated-level education and finished additional clinical training so that they can provide a wide range of preventive and acute health care services to patients. NPs may take health histories and provide complete physical examinations; diagnose and treat many common and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and x-rays; prescribe and manage medications; and refer patients to other health professionals as needed.

In their work for the Heart and Vascular Institute in both office and hospital settings, our NPs and PAs are a complement to your cardiologist. Through that partnership, our NPs and PAs focus on diagnosing disease, managing symptoms, ordering diagnostic testing, adjusting medications, and providing education.

Think it’s time to talk to a doctor? Schedule an appointment online here, or call 920-886-9381. 


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