Q&A: Heart care with Dr. David Addley
David J. Addley, DO, is a cardiologist and internist with over 20 years of experience. He also teaches medicine and recently opened an office at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for patient consultations.
Q. What’s your role at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital?
As a cardiologist, my job is to listen to my patients, diagnose disease and treat cardiac conditions such as heart disease and heart rhythm problems. As an internist, I help my patients take control of their own cardiac health. I’m able to develop great relationships with them along the way.
Q. What procedures do you perform?
I perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization on patients experiencing symptoms of heart attack, and I treat heart rhythm problems called arrhythmias. When needed, I implant pacemakers and loop monitors that work to regulate the heartbeat.
I also consult with my patients on cardiovascular health disease prevention and management for problems such as hypertension, peripheral arterial disease and heart failure.
Q. How does Mercy Philadelphia help you do that?
Mercy Philadelphia offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing technology, including echocardiograms (heart ultrasound), electrocardiogram (EKG), exercise stress testing equipment and nuclear testing. Its mission is to provide patient-first care with an emphasis on quality.
Q. How do you motivate your patients?
I’m an educator, and I like to help my patients understand as much as they can about their own disease process. I make them a part of the decision-making. I explain it by saying, ‘I’m here to give you the recommendation, but you are the one who makes the ultimate decision’. And when people are informed, they make better decisions.