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What is cardiology?

Cardiology is an internal medicine specialty that focuses on the cardiovascular system. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, electrophysiologists, nurses, and other healthcare providers work in both inpatient and outpatient settings to deliver cardiovascular care.  

Cardiovascular conditions like heart attacks and arrhythmias can have many symptoms, including: 

  • Chest pain 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Dizziness 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Irregular heartbeat 

To test, diagnose, and treat patients presenting with cardiovascular issues, cardiologists may: 

  • Insert a pacemaker 
  • Perform catheterizations 
  • Perform angioplasties  

Why is cardiology important to healthcare?

Cardiology is important to healthcare because it provides patients with more specialized care for issues related to the heart and blood vessels. In many cases, cardiology can help identify and treat issues, leading to a longer and better quality of life for patients. Beyond treatment, cardiology can help patients manage and prevent illness if cardiovascular disease runs in their families.