What to Expect as a Patient

Have questions about heart and vascular services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center? Learn the answers to the most commonly asked questions and find out what to expect as a patient of NGMC below.

Questions about our program

How do I get started as a patient?

Whether you are just getting started on your heart health journey or you’re looking for a higher level of expertise, Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s nationally recognized cardiovascular program offers comprehensive services for all matters of the heart.

With some of the most advanced treatment options available anywhere, we participate in research and clinical trials, and we offer unparalleled expertise in key areas like minimally invasive surgery and heart failure. Whether you need routine or emergency cardiovascular care, our team offers wrap-around services that improve outcomes for our patients.

Requesting an Appointment

If you are looking to establish a relationship with a cardiologist for routine care, please choose a cardiologist and contact their practice directly. If you believe you might need a referral, please discuss that process with the practice.

Requesting More Information

If you have questions about who would be the right doctor for you or you have questions about our program, please call our program coordinator at 770-219-5416.

What is it like to be a patient of NGMC Heart & Vascular?

Our heart and vascular patients gain the benefit of a comprehensive team of experts with a high level of expertise. Whether you schedule an appointment with a cardiologist or come in through the Emergency Room, we coordinate your care with a broad network of specialists, including advanced practitioners, nurses and navigators, that ensure the best outcomes for you and better quality of life.

View our video patient testimonials and hear from patients like you about their experience with NGMC.

What is it like to have heart surgery at NGMC?

Our heart and vascular surgeons at NGMC offer some of the most advanced techniques available. Our surgeons are incredibly experienced as we perform thousands of cardiovascular surgeries at NGMC each year.

We are home to two state-of-the-art surgical suites dedicated exclusively to vascular surgery with the most advanced technology available for minimally invasive vascular surgery. We also offer a specialized coronary care and cardiac surgery unit, where our surgeons are leaders in providing minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Finally, we offer specialized recovery and rehabilitation units for our cardiovascular patients. In these programs, our patients have access to a complete care team that is specialized in cardiovascular recovery and rehab.

From start to finish at NGMC, you will receive comprehensive care and unmatched expertise to ensure that you or your loved one has the best outcomes.

What is it like to have vascular surgery at NGMC?

Is The Heart Center a part of Northeast Georgia Medical Center?

Yes. The Heart Center of NGMC is affiliated with Northeast Georgia Health System. Our providers at The Heart Center of NGMC have access to full resources of the health system, including advanced technology, research and a comprehensive team of experts to ensure that all of your care needs are met. If you are hospitalized at one of our four hospitals. 

The Heart Center’s four main programs, Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart, Heart Failure and Electrophysiology, all work as a team with our surgeons at Northeast Georgia Physician Group.

The Heart Center’s physicians make rounds at our four hospital campuses for patients admitted with heart issues and can assist in coordinating care with your general cardiologist if you need emergency or advanced care.

Why should I choose NGMC for my heart and vascular care?

Learn more about our program from NGMC’s Heart & Vascular Clinical Service Line Leader, Dr. Samady:

Questions about heart disease

When should I start seeing a cardiologist?

The answer depends on your unique history and care needs. Many patients decide to start seeing a cardiologist because their primary care provider recommended it or after they’ve been hospitalized for a heart problem.

However, you can start seeing a cardiologist proactively or schedule simple, non-invasive diagnostic procedures that can help them assess their risk, like a cardiac calcium test.

You may consider getting established with a cardiologist if you have:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • A history of smoking
  • A family history of heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Regular fatigue or difficulty doing everyday activities
Do you have heart disease prevention programs or information?

Yes! View our blog to see more information about heart disease prevention. If you are concerned about developing heart disease and you have certain risk factors for heart disease, like family history, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, there are simple diagnostics that can help assess your heart health.

Our providers offer both Cardiac Calcium testing and Heart Flow Analysis tests. These simple tests are the latest, non-invasive technology that can help assess your current heart health and your future risk for heart disease.

Do you have support groups for patients who have been diagnosed with heart disease?

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. It is the largest peer-to-peer patient support network in the world. Chapter 302 meets at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

Learn more

Do you offer heart-healthy recipes or eating tips?

We offer healthy eating tips and classes at the Nathan-Schrage Education Center. We also have recipes and tips on our blog at www.heartngmc.org.

What if I have other questions?

We would love to help! Call 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.