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With more than 20 staff cardiologists, the New Mexico Heart Institute is the largest practice of its kind in the southwest region. NMHI is dedicated to providing high-quality care to our patients. All physicians at NMHI are board certified.



A cardiologist is a physician certified to treat problems of your cardiovascular system, including your heart, arteries, and veins. A cardiologist is considered a subspecialist of internal medicine and requires 3-5 years of additional training before practicing. Cardiologists complete a total of 10-13 years of medical school and postgraduate training before becoming board certified in Cardiology. There are sub-specialists in cardiology, such as Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology, which require additional training.

A cardiothoracic (CT) surgeon is trained in the surgical repair of the heart (and its arteries and valves), lungs, esophagus, and major blood vessels of the chest.  A typical CT surgeon is in training for up to 14 years before practicing.

Vascular surgeons are trained to diagnose and manage diseases of the arteries and veins of the body, using surgical as well as non-surgical techniques. The typical vascular surgeon has trained for up to 12 years before practicing.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our team of world-class cardiologists and surgeons.     

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Brendan J. Cavanaugh, MD, FACC

Question: I had a heart attack four years ago and am taking several drugs including a cholesterol medication, an ACE inhibitor, and a beta blocker. I am impotent and my doctor told me I couldn't take Viagra. Is it true that heart patients shouldn't take Viagra at all? What is the danger?

Answer: Most heart patients can take Viagra or Viagra like drugs. When Viagra first came on the market, there were reports of what appeared to be serious reactions to the drug. The reactions were almost al…

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