Who is a Cardiologist?
A cardiologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats diseases of the heart and the cardiovascular system. They will undergo special training to treat your heart problems.
How cardiologists are trained?
Cardiology is a complex field with different specializations. To become a cardiologist, one should complete their four years of MBBS degree, three years of internal medicine and must undergo special training for three to four years. It takes nearly 10 years to get trained well.
When to visit a cardiologist and what does he do?
When your general physician diagnosis any complexion in your heart, he will refer you to a cardiologist. It is important for you to maintain a good rapport with your cardiologist. The cardiologist examines your medical reports and decides whether it can be treated under his/her care itself. If not, if your disease is complicated he then he/she may suggest you to a cardiovascular surgeon.
What are the procedures used by cardiologists?
Sphygmomanometer - It is used to measure the blood pressure (BP)
Electrocardiogram (ECG) - It is used to record the heartbeat. It diagnoses any irregular function of the heart.
Cardiac Stress test - It is done to examine the condition of the heart when it is under pressure or stress.
Echocardiogram - Commonly known as the echo test, is done to graph the heart's movement.
How does a cardiologist differ from a cardiovascular surgeon?
A cardiologist diagnoses the patients with heart problems and heart attacks as he excels in internal medicine. They also perform echocardiography and other endovascular treatments through injections and medicines. Whereas, a cardiovascular surgeon would have been specially trained and have completed a general surgery obtaining a cardiothoracic fellowship. He performs surgical operations of heart, lungs and other thoracic problems.
How much does a cardiologist charge in Coimbatore?
Cardiologist in Coimbatore charges from Rs. 400/- till Rs. 1000/- as a consultation fee. Other than this, they also charge for all the tests and the procedures done to diagnose your problems.