Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women in India. Thus it is absolute crucial that you focus on learning more about your heart in order to prevent any kind of heart disease or problem. However, if you do have cardiovascular disease, you can still live a healthier and more active life. This is possible if you consult a reputed cardiologist. The doctor will not only help you learn more about your disease but will also administer appropriate treatment and follow-up care.
Who is a Cardiologist and how can they help you treat your heart disease?
Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating blood vessels and various cardiovascular diseases. A visit to a cardiologist would mainly assess and help you learn about your risk factors for heart disease. A cardiologist will also find out what measures you can take for a better heart health.
It is important that you find the right qualified specialist when you are dealing with complex health conditions like heart diseases. The cardiologist will evaluate your symptoms and medical history in order to recommend the required tests for a more definite diagnosis. Based on the analysis of the tests taken, your cardiologist will decide if your heart condition can be managed under his care using medicines or other non-surgical treatments. However, if your cardiologist decides that you would need surgery, he or she will refer you to a cardiovascular surgeon.
Who is a heart or cardiovascular surgeon?
He or she is a specialist in performing surgeries on the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Hence they are often referred to as Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgeons (CTVS). Heart surgeons can operate on congenital abnormalities and malformations too. Procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery, heart transplant and pacemaker implantation are performed by them. A cardiovascular surgeon’s goal is to get your heart condition stabilized so that you can have a healthier life.
The field of Cardiology is a complex field with many cardiologists being specialists in different areas. Clinical cardiologists can specialist in pediatric cardiology and adult cardiology. However, all clinical cardiologists focus on the diagnosis, medical management (use of medicines) and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Some clinical cardiologists may also specialize in interventional procedures (balloon angioplasty and stent placement), echocardiography or electrophysiology.
Cardiovascular Disease which can be treated by consulting a Cardiologist
- Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries)
- Heart attack
- Abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
- Aorta disease and Marfan syndrome
- Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)
If you think you have symptoms of heart disease or have been diagnosed with one, please consult a cardiologist at Columbia Asia Hospital for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.