What Do Cardiologists Do?
Cardiologists are medical doctors who work to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system. Cardiologists provide a variety of invasive and non-invasive treatments. Invasive cardiologists perform surgical procedures on cardiovascular systems while non-invasive cardiologists diagnose and examine patients for ailments. Cardiologists can also play a role in rehabilitating those who have recently undergone heart trauma or major heart surgery. Cardiology specialties include nuclear cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and echocardiography
What Kinds of Tests May the Cardiologist Recommend or Perform?
- Echocardiogram: a soundwave picture to look at the structure and function of the heart.
- Ambulatory ECG: a recording during activity to look for abnormal heart rhythms.
- Exercise test: a study to measure your heart’s performance and limitations.
- Cardiac Catheterization: a test in which a small tube is placed in or near the heart to take pictures, look at how the heart is working, check the electrical system, or help relieve blockage.