A Cardiologist is a doctor that specializes in disorders of the human heart and the blood vessels around the heart. From care during and after a cardiac event to offering preventative care before there is a problem this specialist can offer assistance. If there is a family history of heart disease, then you may need to schedule a visit as a preventative measure. While it may seem odd to visit a heart specialist when you don't display any evidence of a problem, but this let's her look at any early signs of plaque build up or structural abnormalities before age, cholesterol and life add layers of complications. Finding a potential problem can make it possible to watch it until and if any treatment is needed, but at least it can be managed, if it found in time for intervention.
Generally you'll find a cardiologist has an office and then also has some time at the hospital in which they are associated. If you have a cardiac event, then chances are you will meet the doctor for the first time in the hospital and then will have follow up visits at her office. There are some exceptions to this, though. Some physicians choose to work in temporary positions covering for vacationing doctors. These heart doctors will treat you for the time you are in the hospital and then you will be referred and hopefully introduced to another cardiac specialist as you move into the next phase of treatment. The temporary doctors are called locum tenens and while they can work when they wish, their salaries are generally not as much as a cardiologist salary for a doctor that has her own practice or works in the hospital exclusively.
A cardiologist salary depends on several factors. The number of years of experience is one factor. The more years of work the more money the doctor commands. The amount of specialty that a doctor has is also a factor. If a doctor is a non-invasive heart specialist or an interventional one or an electro-physiologist the salary will be different. The specialties are achieved by training in the area of interest. A cardiac fellowship can provide training for a doctor. To achieve board certification as a heart specialist, twenty-four months in clinical cardiology is needed and a twelve month fellowship in a cardiology elective. Usually to be fully prepared as a cardiac specialty, six years is the norm. A cardiac fellowship for each of the specialties is needed and that is why it takes that long to be completed.
Most insurance providers will cover costs associated with a cardiac specialist, but for the preventative visits, a call to the insurance company prior to the visit may cut down on some of the red tape of resubmitting a claim if it is rejected.
Cardiologist visits can be hard ones since the question of heart-related illness is difficult to entertain for most people. If the first meeting is in the hospital following a cardiac event, then the cardiac specialist could be a welcome sight. If it is through a scheduled visit to check for any issues that may arise due to family history, then the anxiety may make blood pressure rise, but at least your heart will be beating. Choosing a board certified cardiac specialist is important. It takes about six years to finish the required fellowships for certification. The more training an expertise that a doctor can have means that the level of care that you can get is raised to new levels. With any heart-related care, you can never have too much training, right?