An invasive cardiologist is a highly trained physician who treats multiple diseases and conditions pertaining to the heart such as heart attacks and stenosis. They use cardiac catheterization to diagnose and treat certain conditions, as well as perform procedures to open blocked vessels to allow normal perfusion using stents, balloons and other devices. Other tasks that the invasive cardiologist may perform include emergent angioplasty, pacemaker and defibrillator insertion, and cardiac ablation. Invasive cardiologists must work effectively with patients, as well as other members of the medical staff; they also need to be able to maintain accurate medical records, as well as follow all relevant privacy laws and rules of their institution.
Invasive cardiologists generally work in a hospital setting with a wide variety of medical colleagues. Their hours may vary depending on the employer and position. Generally, invasive cardiologists are expected to be on call a certain number of times per month, which can be overnight or 24 hours on-call; they may be expected to be in the hospital during those periods.
To qualify for invasive cardiologist positions, an applicant needs to have a medical degree from an accredited medical school. Next, they need to be board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. In addition, they must be board certified or board eligible in interventional cardiology.