Cardiologist

When it comes to problems related to hearts, there is no one better qualified than cardiologists to handle such complex cases. A cardiologist is someone who prevents, diagnoses and treat heart related conditions and diseases. His tasks include treating cardiovascular system, circulatory ailments and disorders and using medical imaging studies to diagnose the heart conditions. A cardiologist works in tandem with cardiac surgeon and uses cardiologist instrumentation in patients. He is also responsible for a number of crucial tasks such as, monitoring diagnostic cardiology procedures, stress tests, inserting catheters, radiology studies, electrocardiograms and finding coronary blockages. Cardiology is a specialty area in the medical field. The services of these specialists are sought all over the globe.

Heart is perhaps the most vital muscular organ of the body and that’s why it is important to take utmost care of it. In case of any heart conditions, one needs to consult a cardiologist to find the cause and treatment of the conditions. Once the doctor has thoroughly examined the conditions, he describes the problems to the patients and options for treatment. A cardiologist uses a mix of treatment options ranging from medication and lifestyle changes to pacemakers, and surgical procedures.

The education qualification for becoming a cardiologist includes a bachelor degree and medical degree (M.D.) from an accredited medical school. Cardiologists are also expected to complete 3 years of residency training after the medical school education. During their cardiology fellowship programs which usually last 2 to 3 years; doctors are taught to treat patients with heart failure, heart attacks, heart disease, and serious disturbances in heart rhythm. He is introduced to concepts of heart surgery, balloon angioplasty, heart catheterization and several other important procedures. In USA, a cardiologist needs to pass the licensing examination apart from completing the full education in order to become a practicing cardiologist.

Cardiologists are always in demand because of huge supply-demand mismatch. This job pays really well to those with extensive experience and expertise in specialty procedures. Ageing population and rising cases of heart conditions further fuel the demand for qualified cardiologists.

In India, to become a cardiologist, first you need to study science subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) at the plus-two level and after then you will need to get through MBBS entrance examination. The MBBS programme is usually of four-and-a-half-year followed by compulsory one-year internship training. Additionally, to qualify as MD, you will require to work as a junior resident in internal medicine for three years. The final stage is of joining a three-year DM programme or even the DNB in cardiology. As you complete the all these requirements, you officially become a cardiologist. India has shortage of qualified cardiologists so demand for them is very high. India also has high numbers of cardiovascular related diseases.

You can join prestigious medical institutions like,

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Postgraduate Institute Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi;

Christian Medical College, Vellore

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow and

Sree Chitra Institute Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram