What work does a Cardiologist specialise in?
A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specialises in the field of cardiovascular medicine. They will use a variety of methods to diagnose cardiovascular disease and implement appropriate treatments.
However, the prevention of cardiovascular disease is a vital role of the cardiologist. They can therefore advise on appropriate preventative measure you need to take in order to maintain your cardiovascular health.
Cardiovascular disorders can present with varied symptoms and physical signs that include:
- Chest pain
- Breathlessness & fatigue
- Swollen ankles
- Collapse (syncope)
Cardiovascular disorders are investigated using various non-invasive & invasive investigations. These include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Echocardiogram (ECHO)
- 24hr Heart rhythm recording (Holter Monitor)
- 24hr Blood pressure monitor
- Exercise test (ETT)
- CTCA (CT coronary angiogram)
- Invasive coronary angiogram
- Implantable heart rhythm monitor (Loop recorder)