Cardiology

Cardiologists are doctors who diagnose, assess and treat patients with diseases and defects of the heart and blood vessels (the cardiovascular system).

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Nature of the work

Cardiologists work with adult patients - paediatric cardiology is a separate specialty.

Cardiologists manage patients with conditions such as:

Much of the emphasis is on improving survival rates and quality of life followingheart attacks, heart failure or heart rhythm disorders; but cardiologists are also concerned with understanding disease processes and disease prevention.

The specialty is at the cutting edge of new therapies and technologies with emergency treatment often required. It also includes palliative care at the end of life due to heart disease.

Common procedures and interventions

Cardiologists work with adult patients - paediatric cardiology is a separate specialty.

Cardiologists manage patients with conditions such as:

Much of the emphasis is on improving survival rates and quality of life following heart attacks, heart failure or heart rhythm disorders; but cardiologists are also concerned with understanding disease processes and disease prevention.

The specialty is at the cutting edge of new therapies and technologies with emergency treatment often required. It also includes palliative care at the end of life due to heart disease.

Sub-specialties

The CCT sub-specialty is:

However, very few cardiologists choose stroke medicine as a sub-specialty.  A few cardiologists continue in unselected medical take but most concentrate on emergency cardiology on call. This is In keeping with the move away from the single-handed general cardiologist model to a more team-based sub-specialised approach.

Most cardiologists develop sub-specialty interests such as:

A significant proportion of cardiologists specialise in, or continue a commitment to academic cardiology thereby continuing to advance cardiovascular scientific knowledge and therapeutic options.

There are also increasing new areas of sub-specialisation such as inherited cardiac conditions, cardio-oncology and interventional valve therapy.

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