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
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Cardiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$214,816 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Cardiologist Career Path

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Flinders UniversityFlinders University
Casual Academics
15 Aug 2020

“The career path is unclear”

Merck KGaAMerck KGaA
Inhouse Consultaning (IC)
15 Dec 2019

“Multiple opportunities for personal development”

Cardiac Stress Technician
14 Jan 2021

“Great people to work with”

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHSNewcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS
Interventional Neuroradiologist
3 Nov 2021

“Good development opportunities”

Pd Specialist
14 Dec 2020

“Pay is not the best.”

Connect PerfusionConnect Perfusion
Cardiovascular Perfusionist
26 Jul 2021

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

Cardiovascular Dissector
8 Aug 2021

“Upper management feels disconnected from what we do each day.”

Ethos Veterinary HealthEthos Veterinary Health
31 Oct 2020

“Great people to work with.”

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