Know Who Looks After Your Heart: Roles And Responsibility Of Cardiologists
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Know Who Looks After Your Heart: Roles And Responsibility Of Cardiologists

Modern life is so busy; it’s often very hard to find the time to pay attention to the emotional lives. There is a notion among many that emotional and physical are two different lives. No. these two are intertwined and depended on each other. And when it’s come to have a sound emotional life, a person needs to have a good heart. And it is a disease-free, well-functioning and strong heart ensures a good heart beneficial to emotional and physical status of an individual.

However, the hullabaloos of today’s life are causing serious diseases to everyone’s health and mind - first psychologically, then physically. These unregulated yet tempting lifestyles are also playing a role of a demagogue in manufacturing heart-diseases. This has created the importance and necessity of heart specialists in today’s world.

Role of Heart-Specialists or Cardiologists

A heart-specialist or cardiologist is a doctor who has the specialization in blood vessels, heart and cardiovascular systems. Cardiologists treat those patients who suffered/ suffering heart attacks, murmuring of hearts, coronary heart problems and hypertension. Cardiologists practice different types of treatment procedures such as preventive medicine, diagnose and treat heart disease, and minor surgeries.

i) Preventive Medicine

It has been found that most of the heart problems are chronic and persist for a longer period of time. A cardiologist focuses on using preventive medicine to neutralize and reverse any progression of heart diseases. Cardiologists conduct physical examination and interview of patients to evaluate his/her health of heart and also predict any potential heart problems (if any). In addition to prescribing medication, some cardiologists are also known for giving dietary, exercise and lifestyle guidance to improve the health of heart of the patients.

ii) Diagnostic Testing

Echocardiogram or ECG is a primary diagnostic tool to determine a patient's heart health. Many believe that the work of a cardiologist starts from here. In addition to performing an ECG test, a cardiologist is also required to interpret the results of the test. They also interpret the results of blood and urine tests, review reports of stress tests. And based on those reports, they conduct cardiac catheterization tests using a micro-camera to review the inside of a heart.

iii) Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology, a specialty within cardiology, primarily focuses on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Electro physiologists or specialized cardiologists implant pacemakers into patients through a brief yet minute surgical procedure. This type of treatment also includes use of electronic defibrillation providing an electric shock to the heart to restart heart-beat or correct irregularity of the rhythm of heart.

iv) Other Duties

Like any other professionals, cardiologists also spend several hours in a week to look after the administrative tasks. Starting from updating and maintaining patients’ records to preparing and submitting insurance forms, everything falls under the work of a cardiologist. Furthermore, cardiology is a complex and evolving field of medicine. Cardiologists are also need to keep a strong vigil on the current developments through continued education and training.

Most cardiologists work from their own offices outside the hospital but some have an office inside of a hospital. Often they are connected contractually to hospitals. Hours of work frequently exceed 60 hours a week in a busier practice.

Author’s Bio:

Nicholas Hedge is associated with cardiology treatments for years now. In this article, he has discussed about “Know Who Looks after Your Heart: Roles and Responsibility of Cardiologists” after reading some articles written by experienced cardiologists in Orange County.


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