Cardiology is a branch of medicine that deals with the disorders of the heart as well as some parts of the circulatory system. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
What does a cardiologist do?A cardiac surgeon opens the chest and performs heart surgery. A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system. The cardiologist will carry out tests, and they may some do procedures, such as heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or inserting a pacemaker.
What happens when you get referred to a cardiologist?If your primary care physician is referring you to a cardiologist, make an appointment right away. If you are seeing a pattern of heart disease, including cholesterol and high blood pressure, take action and get checked by a cardiologist.
How often should you see your cardiologist?
Here are some of the factors that may play a role in how often your cardiologist will recommend seeing you: Degree of heart failure: If your heart failure falls into the range of mild to moderate, you may be asked to come in quarterly or once every 6 months.
What will a cardiologist do for high blood pressure?
General cardiologists have broad knowledge about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as heart attacks, heart rhythm disorders, heart valve problems, and disorders of the blood vessels.
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