1. What does a Heart specialist do?
Heart specialists or cardiologists diagnose and treat diseses related to heart and blood vessels. They are trained to assess heart health and read electrocardiogram, etc.
2. When do you need to see a cardiologist?
You can visit a heart specialist if your physician refers you for symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, changes in heart beat or high blood pressure
3. What to expect at your first visit to heart specialist?
A heart specialist will evaluate your medical history and risk factors for major blood vesel disease. Your heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram will be obtained. You will also go through complete cardiovascular examination.
4. How do heart-specialist check for blocked arteries?
Heart specialists check for blocked arteries with tests like chloesterol screening, electrocardiogram (ECG) chest X-Ray, coronary CT Scan, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and angiogram.
5. Can you see a heart-specilist directly?
You can go to a heart specialist directly if you suspect there is a risk of genetically related heart disease in your family which means any of your blood relative had an early onset (below age of 55 for men and 65 for women). A heart specialist can help you to assess the risk factor of you getting that disease and give you treatment regarding the same.
A cardiologist is a medical professional who is specialized in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases, disorders, and medical conditions related to the heart. They treat diseases like atrial fibrillation, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, and coronary heart disease, etc.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Cardiologist:
Individuals who are suffering from heart diseases like atherosclerosis, irregular heartbeats, myocardial fibrillation, and coronary heart disease etc., should visit a Cardiologist once in every 6 months or as directed by the doctor. However, healthy individuals can consult a Cardiologist once a year to know the status of his/her heart condition.
A person who is suffering from any of the following medical conditions, diseases, disorders, and symptoms should consult a Cardiologist.
Cardiologists are the one who evaluates, diagnose, and treats the patients suffering from heart diseases through medications and lifestyle modifications. Cardiac surgeons are medical professionals who can perform surgeries on patients to treat and cure heart diseases.
Atherosclerosis is a medical condition in which the blood vessels are either partially or completely blocked by fat or plaque. Cardiologists can diagnose and treat atherosclerosis with medications, lifestyle modifications, and changes in diet.
Cardiologists can diagnose and treat hypertension with appropriate medications and lifestyle modifications. However, one should follow all the instructions provided by the Cardiologist in order to maintain and control the blood pressure.
Cardiologists cannot perform any surgeries to treat heart diseases and disorders. However, they treat heart diseases with proper medications and lifestyle modifications. Cardiac Surgeons are well trained and specialized in performing cardiac surgeries.