Dr. James Cavender, MD

Dr. James Cavender, MD

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Dr. James Cavender, MD is a cardiology specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University Of Alabama At Birmingham in 1984 and specializes in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and more.

3980 Colonnade Pkwy

Birmingham, AL 35243

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Cavender's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cavender treats Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Cavender treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease, Autosomal Dominant 1
  • Coronary Artery Disease, Autosomal Dominant 2
Chest Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cavender treats Chest Pain more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Cavender treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Cardiovascular Stress Test
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cavender performs Cardiovascular Stress Test more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Cavender performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Cavender's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angiogram
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Adrenal Artery Stenting
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thrombolysis
  • Thrombosis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure

About Me

Biography

Dr. James Cavender, MD is a cardiology specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University Of Alabama At Birmingham in 1984 and specializes in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and more.

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Education

1990
University Of Alabama Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1987
University Of Alabama Hospital
Residency Hospital
1985
University Of Alabama Hospital
Internship Hospital
1984
University Of Alabama At Birmingham
Medical School
1979
University Of North Alabama
Undergraduate School
1990
1987
1985
1984
1979

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Doctors in America, 2008,2009,

Dr. Cavender's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cavender

4.8

Based on 51 reviews

5 Stars
90.19607843137256%
(46)
4 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
(1)
3 Stars
3.9215686274509802%
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2 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
(1)
1 Star
1.9607843137254901%
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No concerns regarding Dr. Cavender; however I do have concerns about follow-up when you call in. I called in yesterday with shortness of breath and requesting a prescription be called in to my pharmacy - giving name of pharmacy and phone number. No one called back to discuss the shortness of breath issue nor did anyone call in my prescription. I called in again today to address the prescription and told it was approved and would be called in. Still no word on the shortness of breath.
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Dr. Cavender is an excellent doctor. Very caring in his manner of talking and examining me. I have never had a better cardiologist! He really had my confidence by the way he handled my examination. Very kind spoken and he showed a sincere interest in my condition and problems. He found things wrong with my health that had been neglected by other cardiologists in the past. This is one good doctor! I would want to see him every time I need a cardiologist, but unfortunately I live in WV.
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Dr. Cavender is very thorough and is able to perform interventions when necessary. I have found his staff very kind and helpful also.
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I have only seen Dr. Cavender, but I liked him very much. When he walked in the room, I could sense that this was a good man. He gave me a thorough examination, was warm, attentive, and professional. I will keep seeing him. I trust him.
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I would and have recommended Dr. Cavender to family and friends. He is an excellent doctor that my family has tremendous confidence in using.
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Dr. Cavender is the perfect doctor--skilled, attentive, and prompt. He always makes me feel like I am his priority.
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Nothing but great things to say and his staff take excellent care of me and several of my family members
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There is none great caring physician l am great full to been sent to him dy my family doctor
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Dr, Cavender has helped me through so much.All I can say is that he is A Great Doctor a Great Man and a Good Friend.
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He is very reassuring even giving not so great news. Very kind and caring. Extremely knowledgeable and able to provide information that is easily understood.
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It was a positive experience! Staff support was remarkable and Dr. Cavender's medical knowledge was judged excellent. He engaged in useful conversation as well as indulging my questions and concerns. My knowledge of cardiology was so very limited and my understanding of my condition so limited. He discussed my condition and the management of it with both useful informative and a calming, kind spirit. I would recommend to anyone.
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Dr. Cavender is very straight forward and provides me with the actions I need to take to improve my cardio health and reduce my the risks of cardio illness. I like that approach. He is easy to talk to as well.
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Very thorough,listens, goes over your issues where you can understand. Takes all the time you need to help you. Great staff !!!!!!
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OUTSTANDING !
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This was the most organized and efficient experience I've ever had at a doctor's office! And Doc Cavender addressed all my health and medication concerns. I would recommend CVA to anyone looking for quality health care.
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Very knowledgeable and engaging. Listened to me.
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Dr. Cavender is the best cardiologist I have every had. I have been under cardiac care for nineteen years. Three years ago I had my eighth heart attack due to extreme atherosclerosis. I am a veteran unable to work and on social security disability. The VA would not treat my heart condition. They told me they would not treat atherosclerosis. I left the VA and found Dr. Cavender. He installed nine stents two years ago. I am doing good and can't say enough good things about Dr. Cavender.
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Dr Cavender is a caring and greatly skilled professional. He takes time to listen and suggest the right treatment. I've been a patient of his for 10 years and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Dr. Cavender listened to me and was very helpful. He spent plenty of time explaining everything to me and answered my questions in detail.
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Dr Cavender is an extremely bright cardiologist. Not all cardiologist can interpret carotid Doppler studies and must rely on radiologist to do that for them Also he keeps current with all new evidence based practices I trust Dr Cavender and coming from a nurse that says a lot
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