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Cardiology Services Washington, IN

Cardiology is the study and treatment of disorders of the heart and the blood vessels. A person with heart disease or cardiovascular disease may be referred to a cardiologist.

Cardiology is a branch of internal medicine. A cardiologist is not the same as a cardiac surgeon. A cardiac surgeon opens the chest and performs heart surgery.

A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system. The cardiologist will carry out tests, and they may perform some procedures, such as heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or inserting a pacemaker.

Heart disease relates specifically to the heart, while cardiovascular disease affects the heart, the blood vessels, or both.

Risk Factors:

  • Age - the older you get, the greater the chance.
  • Gender - men have a greater rate, even after women experience menopause.
  • Race - African Americans and Hispanics carry a greater risk.
  • Family History - you have a greater chance of developing heart disease if family members have had a CHD.

Modifiable Risk Factors:

  • Hypertension
  • Serum cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Physical inactivity
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Alcohol intake
  • Metabolic Syndrome
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