A physician/doctor, cardiologist (non-invasive) is a licensed physician with advanced training, knowledge, skills and certification in the specialty care area of cardiology. Cardiologists provide healthcare services to both male and female patients of any age throughout the patient's lifespan.
Cardiologists provide preventative services, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of abnormalities of the cardiac system, such as murmurs and abnormal heart rhythms. Generally a patient is referred to the cardiologist from his/her primary care physician for more intensive, specialized care. The cardiologist must complete a thorough physical examination and medical history of the patient. An extensive knowledge of both normal and abnormal conditions related to the cardiac system, including the heart and vessels, is required, as well as advanced knowledge of cardiac medications and electrical therapies. The cardiologist (non-invasive) does not provide surgical interventions, so if a patient needs surgery, they will refer that patient to an invasive cardiologist. Cardiologists may supervise mid-level providers such as advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and assistive personnel such as medical assistants.
Becoming a cardiologist involves a vigorous educational process: One must first complete a 4-year degree for entry into a medical university. After completion of a medical school, another 3-7 years of residency in the specialty area of cardiology is required. The cardiology specialization is highly sought after and prestigious, and entry into the program in competitive. Yearly continuing education is required to maintain licensing and certification as a cardiologist. Cardiologists work in private offices, health department clinics and hospitals, and have rotating schedules, including nights, weekends, holidays, and time on-call.
Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist (Non-Invasive) Tasks
- Perform diagnostic tests to identify heart problems early on.
- Prescribe medication to treat cardiovascular issues as necessary.
- Work in a non-surgical context to prevent and diagnose potential heart problems.