One of the newest members of our cardiology team addresses the needs of low-income patients
Edris Aman is a cardiologist and expert in cardiac imaging who treats all types of heart disease. He’s also part of a growing team of UC Davis specialists at the County of Sacramento Primary Care Center, which serves Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. A California native, Aman chose to practice at UC Davis Health in 2019 after completing his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship here. Here is more about him and his work:
Why did you decide to become a cardiologist?
I’ve wanted to be a cardiologist since I was 15 years old, when my uncle had a heart attack. I was there when his symptoms began, and in the waiting room while they were opening his coronaries. Afterward, I spoke with the cardiologist who reviewed the results with me and my aunt. Seeing the relief on my uncle's face after his procedure was profound. It is a wonderful field that truly can change people’s lives. This family event is with me to this day when I speak with my patients.
What do you like best about the county clinic?
There are a lot of people in Sacramento who wouldn’t see a health provider at all without the county clinic. I enjoy getting to know them and their families, hearing their stories and helping them get the care they need. Patients at the clinic don’t take health care for granted and are truly grateful.
What sorts of conditions do you treat at the clinic?
My patients have a range of needs and conditions — from heart murmurs to heart failure to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Our approach is collaborative. After a complete exam, I develop treatment plans and work with my patients’ primary care providers on follow-up care.
Is there anything eye opening or unique about the patients' care needs?
Often patients have never seen a cardiologist, even if they have complex heart conditions. Many are seeing me after being hospitalized, an experience that can be overwhelming. I explain why they were admitted to the hospital and next steps in their care. Some received care in other countries and are able to share those medical records with me, and it’s been interesting to see how heart disease is treated in other nations. My goal is to ensure they understand why procedures were performed and the role medical therapy plays in their condition.
How is care being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have reduced onsite care in the clinic to the most essential services to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Because of that, I’ve been doing a lot of telephone consultations with patients and their primary care physicians. But I miss in-person exams and interactions with patients. I am really looking forward to going back to the clinic, which should happen in June.
Is there anything new planned for your clinic?
I’ll soon be able to train UC Davis primary care medical residents in my county clinic. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is crucial for primary care providers to know how to detect, refer and provide follow-up care for it. This unique training will provide insights into how to manage cardiovascular disease in an outpatient setting.
In addition to the county clinic, UC Davis Health has partnerships with four other Sacramento region FQHCs to broaden access to high-quality health services. The focus is on providing continuity-of-care for Medi-Cal or uninsured patients. More information is at health.ucdavis.edu.
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