A cardiologist is a doctor specially trained in determining, preventing and treating heart disease. A cardiologist is educated with four years of medical school and then additional three or more years in general internal medicine. A heart doctor spends an additional three years in specialized heart training. To become certified as a cardiologist, candidates must complete a minimum of ten years educational and clinical education and preparation and pass a two day exam given by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The exam is designed to test the candidate’s judgment and knowledge, but their ability to provide exceptional care.
Heart health is an important and critical aspect of good health and if a primary care doctor or a doctor of general medical care feels the patient has a heart related condition, that doctor may refer their patient to a cardiologist. If a patient experiences symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizzy spells or chest pains it is time to seek special testing procedures. Occasionally, a heart murmur or changes in an EEG will trigger a visit to a cardiologist for an evaluation.
Cardiologists not only identify heart malfunctions, but they can help a heart patient return to a useful and full life. They also provide counsel and information to help prevent heart disease. Such specialists also provide treatment for serious heart rhythm disturbances, heart failure and heart attacks. Their training also allows cardiologists to provide information about heart procedures such as surgery, angioplasty and cardiac catheterization.
Whether seeing a cardiologist in the hospital or office, the cardiologist will review the patient’s medical history, as well as performing a physical exam. The examination will typically include checking blood pressure, lungs, heart rate, weight and blood vessels. Symptoms may be found during the initial exam. It may also be necessary to perform additional tests such as blood test, x-ray and ECG. If other problems are detected, additional tests may be performed.
Not all cardiologists are surgeons, but most are trained to perform cardiac catheterizations, while others are trained to diagnose situations that may require the procedure. Cardiologists often serve as consultants to other doctor’s. The cardiologist will guide care and plan the tests to be performed in conjunction with other medical personnel also providing care.
Dr. Edward Honig, MD is one of 8 cardiologist found in the Glen Cove, New York area. Currently, Dr. Honig has been in practice for more than 60 years and licensed to practice in the state of New York. Dr. Honig earned his MD at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is known as a very patient and compassionate doctor who always took his time to diagnose a problem and that is something his patients always appreciated.
He maintains a private practice, as well as provides hospital care. His vast experience and medical background has made him a much sought after consultant on a variety of medical issues. He not only offered treatment on cardiology matters he also offered advice on how to maintain good heart health