Cardiology doctors specialize in the treatment of diseases of the heart and major blood vessels. They are also called heart specialists.This requires several years of training. After four years of medical school, the doctor is required to train in internal medicine for at least three years. Cardiology fellowships require a further three years of training. Some doctors go on to further super-specialize in various aspects of cardiology, such as electro-physiology.
Cardiology doctors in Canada, USA can be found on FindADoc.com. The majority of Cardiology doctors have offices but some are affiliated with hospitals too.
Cardiology doctors diagnose and treat heart failure, valvular heart disease and coronary heart disease.
You should see a heart doctor if you have mitral or aortic valve disease or heart failure.
Cardiology is one of the oldest specialties in medicine. It dates back to days when the heart was considered to be the seat of the soul. Now we know that the heart pumps blood in the circulation. The heart valves direct flow from the veins to the lungs and thence to the arteries.
Cardiology doctors that treat children are called pediatric cardiologists. They mainly treat children that are born with heart disease. These include valve problems or defects in the heart wall, called septal defects.
Cardiology doctors that operate on the heart are called cardiac surgeons. The repair heart valves or sew up defects or holes in the heart. They also repair tears in the arteries, or aneurysms.
When you look for a cardiology doctor on FindADoc.com, you will be able to find out how experienced the doctor is. Where he trained is also important as in which hospital he is affiliated with. Some doctors are more academic. They have studied the field in more depth. They have taught medical students and done research. FindADoc gives you all the information that you need to make informed choices.