Meet Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Brian J. Adams, as he discusses his areas of focus, his path to medicine, and what brought him to Sentara.
I'm Bryan Adams. I'm an interventional cardiologist at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center as a general and interventional cardiologist. I see the full spectrum of cardiology patients. I see high blood pressure, heart disease, arrhythmias, hypercholesterolemia, primary prevention patients. On the international side, I get the opportunity to take care of those patients in the cath lab to treat corn yard disease with stents procedures to help people are having a heart attack and open up the artery that's blocked. I know for people with angina to try to alleviate their symptoms. So my path medicine was a little more circuitous than most people. So I started off with training and emergency medicine and then after about two years of training, decided that I wanted to focus a bit further, switched over to internal medicine to pursue cardiology and ultimately to do interventional cardiology. There's a variety of reasons I've made that change. I think that subconsciously the big part of that was as many people. My family was impacted by heart disease and I was quite young at the time. I think that there's a little bit of a guide in that direction throughout my career. I chose to come to Sentara after spending 11 years in practice in Knoxville, Tennessee, really driven initially to get closer to family, which are on the east coast. But also in the process of that, I wanted to choose a system that allowed me to take full care of my patients, full array of cardiology services. That means what the services that I offer as a general and interventional cardiologist, but also a system that offered top notch CT surgery, electrophysiology, heart failure team, and a structural heart team. General philosophy and taking care of patients is with every clinical situation. Really asked myself, not only just what is the medical evidence show which most people would do and what is the state that we should do for the patients? But then what would I want done? What would I want done for my family member? What would I want done for my parents or my siblings? And I think sometimes there's multiple choices for a given problem and we have to not just choose one or the other or let it just up to the patient but advise them and tell them what we would want done personally. One exciting prospect coming to cardiology in the near future is going to be a procedure called Reno of innovation, which is a procedure to actually try to lower your blood pressure successfully and decrease or even eliminate the amount of medications that you need to take in order to control your blood pressure, this has been development for about a decade. But I think it's really almost to the forefront now gonna become mainstream.