A career in...
A career in cardiology
Cardiology is a hands-on, competitive, and evolving specialty
Whether in a television programme, a film, or in real life, we have all seen an unwell person attached to a cardiac monitor showing a series of wiggly lines. Then there is a frantic and disturbing moment when the line goes flat. Has the patient’s heart stopped beating? Cardiology is fast paced. The practical opportunities combined with its physiological underpinnings and evolving evidence base makes this discipline attractive. Analytical skills are essential, and decisive action can be lifesaving. These factors make cardiology an exciting specialty to work in.
Cardiologists care for acutely unwell patients on the coronary care unit as well as patients with chronic cardiac problems on the general cardiology ward, most of whom are admitted for symptomatic treatment. Cardiologists also undertake inpatient procedures, ranging from cardiac catheterisation and pacemaker implantation to advanced imaging of the heart.
Their outpatient role brings them into contact with patients of all ages: