At UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, our cardiologists are among the most respected in the region, specializing in prevention, diagnosis and advanced treatment of cardiac disease.
A cardiovascular disease doctor or a cardiologist is a licensed physician specialized in diagnosing, treating and preventing ailments of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists go through special training to acquire the relevant skills that are essential in detecting and treating various heart conditions.
Given that the heart is a delicate organ, a doctor must undergo rigorous training and complete a minimum of 10 years of clinical preparation to become a certified cardiologist.
The role of a cardiologist is broad, and it revolves around treating problems that affect the cardiovascular system, including the heart, veins and arteries. Some of the functions of a cardiovascular doctor include:
You can visit a cardiologist at any time, especially if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, increased heartbeat, inconsistent heart rhythm, seizures and persistent fainting. The cardiologist will carry out a quick assessment of your heart to determine whether you're okay or you need further testing and diagnosis.
The signs of an impending heart attack or failure can include:
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