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Other names for Cardiologist:

  • Cardiac Imaging Fellow
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon

What is a Cardiologist?

A Cardiologist is a specialised doctor who diagnoses and treats ailments of the heart.

What does a Cardiologist do?

  • examines patient
  • performs various tests using specialised equipment
  • diagnoses the problem or disease
  • discusses various treatment options with the patient
  • prepares for surgery
  • discusses operation procedure with the surgical team
  • performs surgery
  • performs transplants where necessary
  • keeps up to date records
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • highly intelligent?
  • good with your hands?
  • responsible?
  • caring?
  • detail orientated?
  • a team player?
  • ambitious?
  • willing to continue learning throughout your career?

How do I become a Cardiologist?


Become a Medical Doctor: CLICK HERE

Masters in Medicine (Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)

  • University of Cape Tow
  • University of KZN
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Witwatersrand

Designation: Only those registered with the HPCSA may use the title Cardiologist.


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  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Biomedical Engineer or Geneticist

Is becoming a Cardiologist the right career choice for me?