Tips & Advice
What is the difference between a heart attack, cardiac arrest, and heart failure?
The main difference separating a heart attack from heart failure is in the underlying reasons for the occurrence. Hearts attacks can be traced to blockages in arteries and acute flares, while heart failure is more likely to be due to congenital heart disease and a more developed condition.
Arrhythmia is an abnormal beating of the heart that may feel like it comes at a fluttering, accelerated, or otherwise irregular pace. While in many cases these occurrences can be infrequent, benign and go away on their own, if persistent, they may require further consultation with a cardiologist.
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring fatty body compound used to produce hormones. It becomes a problem for heart health when there are high levels of bad cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which can lead to arterial congestion.
What is involved during a visit to a cardiologist?
Visits to a cardiologist typically entail a doctor reviewing and assessing your health, and more specifically within the context of your heart health. It is important to prepare for appointments by having a list of medications and any documents related to your medical history. Some tests (like EKGs) may be administered on a first visit.
What is an invasive cardiologist?
Invasive cardiologists are distinguished from non-invasive cardiologists for their ability to perform a number of specialized procedures, including pacemaker and defibrillator insertions, cardioversions and emergent angioplasties.
What is an interventional cardiologist?
Interventional, or invasive, cardiologists are among those in the profession who routinely perform procedures on patients. They specialize in catheter-based approaches to medicine that don't require slicing open skin and leaving scars.
Do cardiologists perform surgery?
Cardiac surgeons (those responsible for highly skilled procedures like bypasses) need to have the requisite number of years in school and clinical residency to be considered full-time cardiac surgeons. Cardiologists can, however, perform less invasive procedures.
How much does it cost to see a cardiologist?
While fees will depend on your geographic area and health insurance policy, out-of-pocket costs can range between $250- $500 for a visit. However, cardiology tests, like a relatively routine and affordable electrocardiogram, or a more invasive and expensive angiogram, will add to your costs and time spent during the visit.
What conditions do cardiologists treat?
The general heart-related diseases cardiologists treat includes: cardiovascular disease (the No. 1 cause of death in adults nationally and globally), congenital heart defects, heart failure, hypertension, arrhythmia, and coronary disease.
A cardiologist is a licensed doctor who specializes in complications, conditions and diseases related to the heart. Cardiologists are trained, and often obtain special certification, in cardiovascular medicine to diagnose, treat and prevent such conditions.