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:
No, Cardiologists cannot perform surgeries. They mainly deal with diagnosing heart-related conditions and treat them through therapeutic ways and lifestyle modifications. Cardiovascular surgeons or Cardiothoracic surgeons can perform cardiac related surgeries. However, Cardiologists can perform tests such as cardiac catheterization that requires small skin incisions.
Cardiac diseases include both heart and blood vessel disorders. Following are few of the risk factors for cardiac diseases:
If an individual is experiencing any of the following, then he/she should consult a Cardiologist.
The swelling of feet indicates many organ systems failures like liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure. But the time of onset indicates particular organ failure. The initial onset of swelling from legs then progressing to the body and face with difficulty in breathing most frequently indicates heart failure.
Following are tests performed by cardiologists:
One should consult a Cardiologist twice in a year if he/she is suffering from any of the heart diseases like irregular heartbeats, myocardial fibrillation, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and hypertension, etc. However, a healthy individual should consult a Cardiologist once in a year to check for any underlying heart conditions.