What is a cardiologist?
Cardiologists are specialists trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. You may be referred to see a cardiologist if you have risk factors for heart disease or if you need to manage existing heart conditions. A cardiologist may recommend diagnostic testing such as an EKG, a stress test, or an echocardiogram to better understand your cardiovascular health. Common conditions treated included, heart murmurs, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, and irregular heart beats. There are various subspecialties of cardiologists including, clinical cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists, and cardiac surgeons. Your primary care provider can help you find the right subspeciality.