Cardiologists are specialists in the branch of medicine known as cardiology - i.e. experts in managing disorders of the heart.

To become a cardiologist, one must first graduate in medicine and then go on to specialize in cardiology, a process that may well take quite a few more years on top of medical school.

Cardiologists nowadays actually do a lot more than the cardiologists of thirty years ago - coronary angiograms are far more common and angioplasty is almost routine in some places for people who are found to have multiple vessel disease. Some say that the days of cardio-thoracic surgeons doing coronary artery bypass graft operations are numbered because of the increasing success of cardiologists doing angioplasties ...

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