Scripps Cardiologist Takes Pride in Delivering Individualized Care

Author: Scripps Health

[start music] Kiyon Chung: My name is Kiyon Chung and I’m a general cardiologist at Scripps Mercy Hospital. I treat the entire spectrum of diseases in cardiology including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, rhythm problems and preventative cardiology. I chose cardiology as a specialty because I was really excited about advances in treatment for patients with heart disease and I think nowadays quality of life for a patient who has survived a heart attack or diagnosed with congestive heart failure is so far improved over what has been and many exciting things are happening in our field. Heart disease really touches on multiple parts of a patients life. At the beginning we may start with procedures and medications to achieve our initial goals, but long term it’s really lifestyle and diet changes that makes the most difference to their outcomes, and I really enjoy that relationship long term on working to improve their health.

So over the past couple decades we’ve recognized that women present differently with their heart disease than men, and this is an area that I think is getting more focus and education these days. So, it’s always exciting for me to treat, meet and get to be a part of women with heart disease and their stories. I think at Scripps you get not only the breath but the expertise in heart disease across all the fields. You not only get the physician you choose to see but you get a team of specialists and the access that we have to the latest innovations across the field in cardiology is really the reason I think patients should come to Scripps for their heart care.

I think the most important part of a doctor-patient relationship is good communication. It really lays the ground work for a long-term relationship and collaboration between the physician and the patient. I consider those relationships to be really key to my practice. I think when patients come to see me in my office they can expect a very individualized approach to patient care. I really enjoy spending time with the patients and their families to understand not only about their cardiac problems but their life, to see hoy heart disease fits into their story and to really provide individual care to try and improve their quality of life.

What I really enjoy about cardiology and practicing at Scripps Mercy Hospital is that I really have the chance to provide continuity of care for my patients. Whether I meet them in the hospital or in the office, I’m able to be a part of their care as they go in and out of procedures and to see the long-term improvements in their health as they continue to see me in clinic. That’s the most rewarding part of my job.

Scripps Cardiologist Takes Pride in Delivering Individualized Care

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