The study and treatment of disorders of the heart and the blood vessels is known as cardiology. An individual with
heart disease or cardiovascular disease may be referred to a cardiologist.
Be aware that cardiology is a branch of internal medicine. A cardiologist is not the same as a cardiac surgeon, as a cardiac surgeon opens the chest and performs heart surgery.
Im medical practice a cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system. Generally speaking cardiologists will carry out tests, and they may do some procedures, such as heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or inserting a pacemaker. Heart disease relates specifically to the heart, while cardiovascular disease affects the heart, the blood vessels, or both.
Becoming a cardiologist in the United States takes a lot of time, it is necessary to complete 4 years of medical school, 3 years of training in internal medicine, and at least 3 years specializing in cardiology. All cardiologists receive extensive education, including four years of medical school and three years of training in general internal medicine. Furthermore after this is completed, a cardiologist spends three or more years in specialized training. All of that adds up to ten or more years of training.
After examining you if your general medical doctor feels that you might have a significant heart or related condition, he or she will often call on a cardiologist for help. If there are specific symptoms like dizzy spells, shortness of breath, or chest pains often special testing may be required. In some cases heart murmurs or ECG changes need the evaluation of a cardiologist. Cardiologists can help victims of heart disease return to full and useful lives and also counsel patients about the risks and prevention of heart disease.
Cardiology is a vital specialty as most importantly, cardiologists are involved in the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, and serious heart rhythm disturbances. The cardiologists' unique skills and training are required whenever decisions are made about procedures such as balloon angioplasty, cardiac catheterization, or heart surgery.
Wherever the check-up takes place, he or she will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. This evaluation may include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Certain conditions and problems may be diagnosed by your symptoms and the doctor’s findings when you are examined.
It is possible that you may need additional tests such as an ECG, blood test or x-rays. Some conditions might require more specialized testing. Each patient’s case is unique and it is possible that your cardiologist may recommend lifestyle changes or medicine.
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Whether you have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition or are just looking for a Cardiologist, we can meet all of your needs. Dr. James London, M.D. is our Board Certified Cardiologist.