Paediatric cardiology is a branch of medicine which studies, diagnoses, and treats conditions of the heart and parts of the circulatory systemin children (usually under 16). Doctors specialising in cardiology are called cardiologists. Cardiologists undergo extensive training, and are highly skilled physicians.
In order to diagnose cardiac conditions, a cardiologist may check a patient’s blood pressure or weight, and utilise tests such as an ECG (echocardiogram), exercise test, x-rays, or blood tests.
Cardiologists often work as consultants to other doctors. They are not surgeons, and, as such, do not carry out operations (these are handled by cardio-thoracic surgeons, who work closely with the cardiologist).
What conditions does a cardiologist treat?
Cardiologists specialise in diagnosing and treating various types of heart disease and other conditions affecting the heart and its connecting blood vessels. Some of the conditions a cardiologist typically treats include: