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Father & son docs open heart center

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:30 am

Dr. Norman Riegel, who opened his cardiology practice 35 years ago in the Lindenwood house his grandparents used to own, is bringing in a partner after all this time — his son.

But this isn’t some straightforward, father-to-son handoff like you see on “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

Dr. Daniel Riegel is a cardiologist, like his well-known father. But his specialty is nuclear cardiology, the new field of assessing heart health by tracing blood flow and cardiac function with stress testing and a scanner.

“I could go only so far,” said Dr. Riegel, the father.

Until now, the cardiologist had to send his patients out of the neighborhood for the latest testing.

Father and son last month opened a new cardiac testing center about a quarter mile from the Riegel’s longtime office on 80th Street and 149th Avenue.

The arrival of the new Howard Beach Cardiovascular Center in the Lindenwood Shopping Center was marked with a ribbon cutting by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and a party.

The new partnership was not written in the stars, they say.

“I told my son to find an office on Long Island and he said, ‘No, Dad, these are the people we are committed to. Let’s not spread ourselves too thin,’” said the father.

“My son was the one who had this vision.”

“I have the new certification and training,” said the son. “But my father has the experience and relationship with patients.”

“For me, this is very emotional.” said the father.

“From the age of 5 or 6 years old. I was in that shopping center. God, forgive me, I was usually there buying my father cigarettes,” he said.

“Howard Beach gave me my career,” the father said. “Being here made sense to me.”

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