What is a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disorders and diseases.
Extensive education is needed to become a cardiologist. In addition to completing medical school, a cardiologist needs:

1. Three years of training in internal medicine.
2. An additional three years of study in a cardiology training program.
3. Pass the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) exam.

Why someone may need to see a cardiologist?

Your family doctor may send you to a cardiologist if they feel you are exhibiting symptoms of a heart condition. You will also be seen by a cardiologist if you go to the hospital for a heart attack. Cardiologists are able to diagnose, manage, and treat health conditions like:
1. Coronary artery disease
2. Congenital heart defects
3. Heart valve diseases
4. Heart arrhythmia

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Learn more about the heart & cardiologists:

How to find the best cardiologist
Tips to preventing heart disease
What are congenital heart defects?
What are heart valve diseases?
What is a heart attack?
What is arrhythmia?
What is coronary artery disease?
What is heart failure?

A cardiologist is also known as: heart doctor, heart specialist, & cardiac doctor.