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Who They Are and What They Do…

A cardiologist is a medical doctor who is certified to treat problems of the cardiovascular system: the heart, arteries, and veins. Cardiology is classified as an internal medicine subspecialty.
Cardiologists Focus:

  • Common diagnostic tests include: blood tests, Echocardiogram (ECHO), Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR or cardiac MRI), cardiac stress test, Auscultation (listening with the stethoscope), Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Primarily works in hospitals and clinics and refers out to Cardiac Rehabs
  • Cardiologists are not surgeons (physicians to complete open heart surgery are known as cardio-thoracic surgeons) *

Cardiologists start as internists (4 years medical school and 3 years residency) and then complete a 2-3 year specialty fellowship in area of interest. **

Common Cardiac Disorders…

  • Angina
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • High Cholesterol