Cardiologists are specialized doctors that diagnose, help prevent and treat a broad spectrum of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. They specialize in management of heart disease risk factors, diagnosis of a wide variety of heart and circulatory system problems, and procedures that help manage heart disease.
They work in conjunction with the Diagnostic Imaging and Respiratory Care departments to provide the following services:
• Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) with or without contrast - interpreted by a cardiologist
• Myocardial imaging with chemical or treadmill stress - conducted under cardiologist supervision and interpreted by a nuclear medicine certified radiologist
• Echocardiography with chemical or treadmill stress - conducted under supervision of and interpreted by a cardiologist
Whether the cardiologist sees you in the office or in the hospital, he or she will review your medical history and perform a physical examination which may include checking your blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Some problems may be diagnosed by your symptoms and the doctor’s findings when you are examined. You may need additional tests such as an ECG, x-ray, or blood test. Other problems will require more specialized testing. Your cardiologist may recommend lifestyle changes or medicine. Each patient’s case is unique.