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.
Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, managing, treating and preventing disorders and conditions of the heart and blood vessels that form the cardiovascular system. Cardiology is the field of medicine that deals with diseases and disorders of the heart ranging from congenital defects to acquired heart disorders like coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.
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:
Some of the most common diseases that Cardiologists treat are:
Generally, a Cardiologist will only evaluate symptoms and medical history and may advise tests for a more specific diagnosis. If a condition can be managed under their care using medicines or lifestyle modifications, they will continue the treatment. If a Cardiologist decides that an individual’s condition requires surgery, they will refer the individual to a cardiovascular surgeon, specializing in operations on the lungs, blood vessels and heart.
Some of the tests carried out or ordered by Cardiologists are:
If an individual has any symptoms of a heart problem, they should visit a Cardiologist. Some of the symptoms of a heart problem are:
You can consult a Cardiologist either online or offline. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, pre-booking may be required for consultation.
It is recommended to consult a Cardiologist once every year to get an update on the health of the cardiovascular system. In case you have existing heart disease or condition, it is advised to have regular follow-ups with the Cardiologist.