What does a Cardiologist do?

A cardiologist can work independently with an independent practice or for a medical institution. A Cardiologist's primary role is to assist patients with the treatment and diagnosis of heart health and conditions. They work with a patient's primary care physician and other doctors to devise a workable medical strategy. A Cardiologist usually works long and irregular hours and may frequently travel between different hospitals.

Educational requirements are similar to a doctor in any field. A bachelor's in a medical field is required by all employers with most also requiring many years of residency. An advanced degree such as a Masters or Doctorate in the specific area of cardiology is highly preferred amongst most hospitals. Cardiologists work hectic schedules often without a proper sleep regiment. Candidates should be compassionate, hardworking and dedicated to this profession.

  • Assess new patients via a medical interview
  • Order test to confirm suspected conditions
  • Diagnose patients via lab and test results
  • Design a treatment plan for all patients
  • Prescribe appropriate medications and therapies to patients
  • Coordinate with patients PCP and Surgeon
  • Provide ongoing care and checkups on all patients
  • Pursue ongoing and continuing education to stay on top of the latest research findings
  • Masters or Doctorate (preferred)
  • 5+ years residency
  • 3+ years practicing as a Cardiologist
  • Extensive knowledge of modern cardiology practices and technology
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Caring and compassionate bedside manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to other hospitals
  • Ability to work on-call shifts
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Cardiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$309,994 /yr
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Cardiac Stress Technician
Jul. 16, 2021

“This is highly unprofessional And he needs to get back to his previous profession.”

Merck KGaAMerck KGaA
Inhouse Consultaning (IC)
Dec. 15, 2019

“Multiple opportunities for personal development”

University of MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota
Cardiology Fellow
Feb. 2, 2021

“nice people to work with”

Cardiac Stress Technician
Jan. 14, 2021

“Great people to work with”

Connect PerfusionConnect Perfusion
Cardiovascular Perfusionist
Jul. 26, 2021

“Connect Perfusion is a great team to work with.”

Ethos Veterinary HealthEthos Veterinary Health
Oct. 31, 2020

“Great people to work with.”

UC DavisUC Davis
Physician - Cardiologist
Oct. 24, 2020

“Helping people live better lives.”

Center Medical Specialist
Jul. 11, 2019

“People are nice.”

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