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What's the difference between a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon?

cardiac surgeon= cuts opens and takes a look and repairs
Cardiologist= study the heart and relationshiop with health?

there is big difference. one does the surgery and other knows what is goin on with the screens and stuff. generally they do both but sometimes you can get once of each which isn't too good sometimes. its depends on what you are oding i would get one that knows both and use that person and i would also have second opinon when you need to first and then react.

cardiologist is the doctor that works on fixing the problem
caardiac surgeon is the one that actually does the cutting.

ologist-one who studies } means= one who studies hearts

cardiac surgeon--one who performs surgery on the heart

nancy jo
one is a surgeon

A cardiologist would diagnose what was wrong with your heart and a cardiac surgeon would correct it surgically.

Cardiologist to medical management of heart issues. They may also do angiograms and stent placement. I cardiac surgeon does heart surgery. (ie CABG {coraonary artery bybass graft}, valve replacements, and transplants.)

Here is information about cardiologists from WebMD.com:

"Cardiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels, such as chest pain (angina), irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart attacks.

"Cardiologists administer tests that indicate how well a person's heart is working, such as a treadmill test (exercise electrocardiogram), and perform procedures such as cardiac catheterization and angioplasty. They can further specialize in interventional cardiology (the use of mechanical treatment methods, such as angioplasty) or electrophysiology (treatments involving the heart's electrical system) and may also specialize in treating specific age groups, such as a pediatric cardiologist, who only treats children.

"Cardiologists can be board-certified through the Board of Internal Medicine, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Pediatric cardiologists are recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics."

Here is information about cardiovascular surgeons from WebMD.com:

"Cardiovascular surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in surgery of the heart and blood vessels. They generally perform heart surgeries and treat people who have a blockage in the blood vessels leading to the heart (coronary artery disease) or problems with heart valves.

"Cardiovascular surgeons may further specialize in treating people of specific age groups, such as pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, who only treat children and often treat heart problems related to birth defects.

"Cardiovascular surgeons can be board-certified by the Board of Surgery in general surgery or vascular surgery. The Board of Surgery is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties."

So essentially, cardiologists diagnose and treat heart diseases, generally with medicine. If medicine is not an effective treatment, the cardiologist may refer the patient to a cardiovascular surgeon for treatment in the way of heart surgery.

I hope that helps!

I think a cardiologist monitors the heart, much like a physician monitors health. I think a cardiac surgeon actually cuts people open to do heart procedures.

Cardiac surgeon operates on diseases of the heart requiring surgery. Cardiologists treats them with medicines and if necessary, procedures like angioplasty and valvuloplasty. Both specialities are complimentary to each other. One cannot exist without the other.

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