Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. To avoid potentially life-threatening conditions, Eric Schroeder, MD, cardiologist at South Miami Cardiology, said that early detection and proper diagnosis of heart disease are key.
“Many patients who have a heart attack are surprised to learn that they had an elevated, modifiable risk factor, such as high cholesterol,” Dr. Schroeder said. “It’s important to know your numbers and find out if you’re at risk for heart or cardiovascular disease.”
A biometric screening performed by Dr. Schroeder will provide important information about cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass and blood sugar.
“High cholesterol, at any age, is a silent killer,” Dr. Schroeder said. “Men age 50 and over, women age 60 and over, those who are overweight and those who have diabetes also face increased risk for heart disease.”
Dr. Schroeder is one of four board-certified cardiologists at South Miami Cardiology, located adjacent to South Miami Hospital. South Miami Cardiology is a member of Florida Heart Care, an association of cardiologists serving South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Schroeder joins Drs. Romeo Majano, Matthew Snow and Joshua Harris in caring for patients in all areas of cardiology, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Schroeder is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has expertise in cardiac interventions, peripheral vascular disease, and structural and congenital heart disease. His extensive training and experience enable him to take a comprehensive approach to treating patients.
Dr. Schroeder received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and two fellowships — in cardiology and interventional cardiology — at the University of Miami.
During his fellowships, Dr. Schroeder participated in various clinical trials. As an investigator in the CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, he studied a treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis. During this trial, he trained closely with William O’Neill, MD, executive dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and an international leader in interventional cardiology.
Dr. Schroeder specializes in radial artery access for cardiac catheterization, a diagnostic test that checks the heart’s arteries and valves to find any blockages in blood flow. During a transradial cardiac catheterization, he threads the catheter through his patient’s wrist instead of the groin. Many cardiologists do not specialize in this recently developed procedure. Only 5 percent of cardiac catheterization procedures in the U.S. are performed through the radial artery, yet Dr. Schroeder uses this method with 90 percent of his patients.
“There is a decreased risk of bleeding, fewer complications, improved patient safety and quicker recovery time with this method and in some studies there may be a lower mortality rate with some groups of people, such as those with acute heart attacks,” Dr. Schroeder said.
His strong clinical background is complemented by a personalized approach to providing high-quality, compassionate care.
“Developing a long-term doctor-patient relationship is important to my patients — and to me,” Dr. Schroeder said. “I’ve really come to like Miami. I hope that as my practice grows, I can be a valuable part of the community.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schroeder, call South Miami Cardiology, 7330 SW 62 Place, Suite 310, at 305-663- 1001. For more information, visit www.southmiamicardiology.com.