Cardiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of
diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels, such as irregular heart rhythms,
high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart attacks.
Cardiologists administer tests that show how well a person's heart is working, such
as a treadmill test (exercise electrocardiogram). And they perform certain treatment
procedures. They can further specialize in interventional cardiology (the use of mechanical
treatment methods, such as angioplasty) or electrophysiology (treatments involving
the heart's electrical system). Also, they may specialize in treating specific age
groups, such as a pediatric cardiologist, who only treats children.
Cardiologists can be board-certified through the Board of Internal Medicine, which
is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Pediatric cardiologists
are recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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