What is a Cardiologist?
A cardiologist is a professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the heart and blood vessels. They also educate people about things that they can do in order to prevent heart disorders. It takes at least 11 years of training to become a cardiologist. They have to complete four years of college and four years of medical school and a residency in cardiology. A residency typically lasts three to six years.
When to see a Cardiologist
If your primary care physician believes that you have a heart or blood vessel problem, then you will likely be referred to a cardiologist. Dizzy spells, heart murmurs, chest pain and shortness of breath are common signs of a heart problem. A cardiologist will perform a thorough examination. Your weight, blood pressure, heart and lungs will be checked during an exam.
A cardiologist will likely order additional tests such as EKGs and echocardiograms. If a problem is found, then you may be prescribed medication. Serious problems may need to be treated with a balloon angioplasty or heart surgery. An angioplasty is a procedure that clears blocked arteries. It involves inserting a catheter, or thin tube, in a leg or arm artery. A balloon is used to open up the blocked artery.
Even if you do not have any heart problems, it is still a good idea to see a cardiologist every once in a while. Your cardiologist can help you keep your heart healthy by educating you about diet, exercise and stress management. Even if you have a family history of heart disease, a cardiologist can still help you keep your heart healthy.
About Dr. Edward Honig
Dr. Edward Honig is a board-certified cardiologist who practices in Glen Cove, New York. He completed his medical training at Duke University. He is known for being one of the top cardiologists in New York City. Dr. Honig is committed to delivering high-quality care to his patients.
Dr. Edward Honig has practiced medicine ever since 1952. Medicine is constantly evolving. There are new treatments coming out every day. Dr. Honig stays up-to-date with the latest healthcare technology in order to ensure that every patient gets the best care possible. Dr. Honig’s is not only focused on treating heart problems. He wants patients to feel comfortable with the type of the care that they are receiving. Dr. Honig also wants patients to know that they are in great hands.