What Procedures Does A Cardiologist Perform?
Cardiology is the study and treatment of disorders related to the heart and the blood vessels. A person with some heart disease or cardiovascular disease may be referred to a cardiologist.
Cardiology is a subdivision of internal medication. A cardiologist is not like a cardiac surgeon. A cardiac surgeon opens the torso and performs a heart surgery.
A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system (heart). The cardiologist will carry out different tests, and then they may some do measures, like heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or inserting a pacemaker.
Heart disease relates directly to the heart, whereas cardiovascular disease affects the heart, blood vessels, or both sometimes.
Heart diseases that a cardiologist can help with:
· congenital heart disease
· coronary heart disease
· ventricular tachycardia
· high blood pressure, or hypertension
· congestive heart disease
· atrial fibrillation
· high blood cholesterol and triglycerides
The cardiologist can also give advice about how to prevent heart disease.
A person might need to see a cardiologist even without symptoms, if they have a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol levels, or if they are or ever have been a smoker, if they may have diabetes, or if they are just starting a new exercise program.
What procedures does cardiology involve?
A cardiologist will analyse a patient’s medical history and carry out some physical examinations.
They may check the person’s weight, lungs,heart, BP or blood vessels, and then carry out some tests.
An interventional cardiologist may perform procedures such as angioplasties,coronary thrombectomies,stenting, congenital heart defect corrections, and valvuloplasties.
They may also perform some tests listed below:
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG):This one records the electrical activities of the heart.
This one records heart rhythms when the person performs an exercise or other regular activities.
An Exercise Test, Or Stress Test:This one shows the changes of heart rhythm when a person is resting and exercising. It measures the performance and limits of the heart.
Cardiac Catheterization:In this one a small tube in or near the heart collects data and may help get rid of a blockage. It can also take pictures and examine the electrical system and the functioning of the heart.
This one provides an ultrasound picture that displays the structure of the heart chambers and its surrounding areas, and it can also tell how well the heart is working.
Nuclear Cardiology: Nuclear imaging methods use radioactive materials to revision a cardiovascular disorders and diseases in a very non-invasive way.
For instance infarction imaging, planar imaging, single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT), and myocardial perfusion imaging.
In Cardiac electrophysiology is a physician looks at how the electric currents inside the heart muscle tissue work and how the current spreads, and what does the pattern of the currents means.
A cardiac electro electrophysiologist Thomson Medical Cardiology Clinic can also provide treatments for abnormal rhythms including cardiac ablation, pacemakers, or implantable cardio verter defibrillators.