Dr. James Cavender, MD

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Dr. James Cavender, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Vestavia Hills, AL and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Cavender has more experience with Adult Congenital Heart Conditions and Heart Conditions than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine medical school in 1984. He is affiliated with medical facilities Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Cavender to book an appointment.

Dr. Cavender

Cardiovascular Associates Of The Southeast (CVA)

200 Montgomery Hwy Ste 225 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Cavender

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Cavender treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Cavender treats other conditions, please contact the office at (205) 543-9690.

Adult Congenital Heart Conditions

Adult congenital cardiac disorder specialists diagnose and treat heart disorders, such as arrythmias and mitral valve disease, that have been present from birth to adulthood.Compare with other Adult Congenital Heart Conditions specialists.

Dr. Cavender is experienced in the area of Adult Congenital Heart Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 19 conditions and procedures

Treatments
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Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Disease
Congenital Heart Disease
Aortic Valve Disease
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High
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Heart Conditions

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Dr. Cavender is experienced in the area of Heart Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 33 conditions and procedures

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Heart Disease
Sinus Bradycardia
Hypertension
Congestive Heart Failure
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Dr. Cavender's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • 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
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD)
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Impella Device
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mobitz, Type 2, Heart Block
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Second Degree Heart Block
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Septic Embolism
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Third Degree Heart Block
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thrombolysis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Venous Hypertension
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern

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(205) 543-9690

Dr. Cavender accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Cavender's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cavender

4.8

Based on 51 ratings

5 Stars
90.19607843137256%
(46)
4 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
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3 Stars
3.9215686274509802%
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2 Stars
1.9607843137254901%
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1 Star
1.9607843137254901%
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What went well
  • Office environment (50)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (49)
  • Explained conditions well (49)
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (2)
  • Appointment was rushed (1)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (1)
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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.
What went well
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Pelham, AL – Jun 27, 2018
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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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Wayne D. Teel in Amma, WV – Aug 12, 2017
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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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Bryan in Fultondale, AL – Apr 26, 2017
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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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R. L. in Chelsea, AL – Apr 05, 2017
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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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Kathy M in Hueytown, AL – Jan 31, 2017
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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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Fred in Birmingham, AL – Jan 31, 2017
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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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Tammy walters in Alabaster,al – Jan 27, 2017
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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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Danny l. Phillips in Gadsden, AL – Jan 23, 2017
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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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Michael Anthony Shaneyfelt in Trussville, AL – Jan 22, 2017
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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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Birmingham, AL – Jan 18, 2017
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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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R. K. Frederick in Montgomery, AL – Jan 18, 2017
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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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William Heard in Birmingham, AL – Jan 17, 2017
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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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Bob in Tuscumbia, AL – Jan 17, 2017
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OUTSTANDING !
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DVines in Birmingham, ALz – Jan 17, 2017
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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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Kerusso924 in Birmingham, AL – Jan 17, 2017
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Very knowledgeable and engaging. Listened to me.
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Mark in Florence Al – Jan 17, 2017
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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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Richard Mintz in Cedar Bluff, AL – Jan 16, 2017
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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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R Rockhill in Santa Rosa Beach, FL – Jan 14, 2017
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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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Cathy Taylor in Sylacauga, AL – Jan 14, 2017
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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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Sheri Lurie in Birmingham Al – Jan 14, 2017
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About Me

Biography

Dr. James Cavender, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Vestavia Hills, AL and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Cavender has more...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • 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 School of Medicine
Medical School
1979
University of North Alabama
Undergraduate School
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Awards

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. James Cavender, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Cavender has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. James Cavender, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. James Cavender, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. James Cavender, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Cavender frequently treats Adult Congenital Heart Conditions and Heart Conditions. See all practice areas where Dr. Cavender specializes.

Where is Dr. James Cavender, MD's office located?

Dr. Cavender's office is located at 200 Montgomery Hwy Ste 225, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Cardiovascular Associates Of The Southeast (CVA)

Cardiovascular Associates Of The Southeast (CVA)200 Montgomery Hwy Ste 225 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Cardiovascular Associates Of The Southeast (CVA)3980 Colonnade Pkwy Birmingham, AL 35243
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Cavender is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Grandview Medical Center

Birmingham, AL

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average