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Career as a Cardiologist

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About Career as a Cardiologist

A cardiologist is a physician qualified in internal medicine who specializes in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels of people.All these are done after performing a series of tests.You will interpret these tests and based on the patient's medical history recommend the best possible treatment plan.
You will need to perform regular check ups with your patients and alter the medication if necessary. Some of the heart ailments that you will treat are:

High/low blood pressure : One of the most common among the heart diseases is high blood pressure and low blood pressure. Anything going wrong with the mechanism of pumping blood results in these abnormalities of blood pressure.

Angina : Angina is caused due to disease in the coronary artery and results in severe chest pain similar to a heart attack. This is usually treated with medication but sometimes surgery may be called for.

Cardiac Arrest : Commonly called heart attack this occurs when one or more of the blood vessels to the heart is obstructed. In these situations you will have to perform emergency procedures to save the patient's life and stabilize his or her condition.

Once the emergency is over, the exact damage to the coronary arteries and muscles need to be found out. You will perform an angiography, where a thin filament is passed through the arteries supplying blood to the heart to determine the blockage points.

You will then decide the future course of action. It could be just rest and medication or complicated procedures like Angioplasty or by pass surgery.

Career Prospects of Career as a Cardiologist

You can work in the Cardiology department/Cardiovascular & thoracic surgery departments of general hospitals and specialty hospitals run by the government or private organisations. You can also work in Cardiac care units of nursing homes and polyclinics, specialty nursing homes and polyclinics for cardiac diseases. Teaching in medical colleges in India and abroad also remains another option that you can pursue.
Pharmaceutical companies will also offer you positions in their research and development setups as well as their sales support functions.

Skills & Education Required for Career as a Cardiologist

To begin with you will have to clear your 10+2 exam with physics, chemistry and biology. Not only will you have to score really well in this exam, you will also have to appear for the highly competitive entrance exam. Once you secure your admission, you will enter the five and a half year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), course. This includes the one-year internship period as well.
One must realize that a cardiologist does not perform major surgery like by pass or open-heart surgery. This is handled by Cardiovascular & thoracic surgeons. So you have two academic options:

You can do a MD in General Medicine after your MBBS. After your MD, you should do a DM in Cardiology, which is a super specialization. You can practice cardiology after your MD, but to have a really successful career, you must do the DM.

Alternatively you can first do a MS in General Surgery after your MBBS and then M.Ch in Cardio-thoracic surgery or Cardiovascular & thoracic surgery.
A Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or American College of Cardiology makes your future even brighter.

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  • Plz any one let me know the when is openings starts for MBA(Finance) in IFFCO TOKIO GENERAL INSURANCE(ITGI) or Tell me how to knowing about ITGI openings for MBA?????? Posted By : RAVI N K, on 16-01-2012 16:42:50 Report Abuse

  • can i get admission in cardiologist in thane institute Posted By : chaitalee, on 27-06-2011 19:00:29 Report Abuse

  • can you let me know which is the best and cheap government medical collage in india ....for the course mbbs....reply me soon..... Posted By : Adnan rafi, on 13-06-2011 18:07:48 Report Abuse

  • cheap n best college for mbbs.government recognised would be preferred Posted By : Rida Khan, on 24-03-2011 17:23:30 Report Abuse

  • Isnt there cardiology specialisatipon in armed forces medical college(pune)? I want to know about more career options in medical field exclusively. i even want to know about the career options as a doctor in army. Posted By : vivek chakravarthy, on 01-04-2010 08:29:59 Report Abuse

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