Cardiology is a medical specialty that deals with disorders of the heart and the circulatory system. A Cardiologist (heart doctor) is a doctor with specialized training and skills in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
The field of cardiology include prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of conditions of the heart such as congenital heart defects, coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, heart murmurs, atherosclerosis (thickening of arterial walls), and heart attack.
There are many conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease or stroke. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity can increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. You may visit a cardiologist to find out about your risk factors for heart disease or stroke.