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CEYE Student Resource Guide: Cardiology

Cardiology Resources

Diagram of the Human Heart

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What is a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a doctor who diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent heart and blood vessel conditions. To become a cardiologist, a doctor must undergo several years of training, including:

  • Four years of medical school
  • Three years of general internal medicine training
  • Three or more years in specialized cardiology training


What Do Cardiologists Treat?

Cardiologists diagnose, treat, and manage many types of heart and blood vessel conditions, including:

  • Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, which occurs when the blood vessels that bring nutrients to your heart are blocked
  • Heart attack, which happens when blood flow to your heart is blocked
  • Heart failure, which happens when your heart can’t pump effectively
  • Heart rhythm problems, also called arrhythmias, which happens when your heart beats too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way
  • Valve problems, which happen when your heart valves don’t open or close properly

Cardiologists can also help you prevent heart disease through risk assessments, which look at your family history, medical history, and lifestyle. If you are at risk for a heart problem, your cardiologist can suggest lifestyle changes that may help lower your risk and recommend regular health screenings to keep an eye on your blood pressurecholesterol levels, and other risk factors.


Sources: UPMC Health Beat; Mount Sinai Health Library


Open (Free) Cardiology Resources on the Web

Books and Journals Available from the Levy Library

Draw It to Know It - The Cardiovascular System

With the Draw It to Know It Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals interactive tutorials, you can learn more about the Cardiovascular System through images and drawings.

Complete Anatomy 20

Complete Anatomy 20 is the world’s most advanced and best-selling 3D anatomy platform, with over 13,000 interactive structures and a living, beating, dissectible human heart in full 3D.

Cardiology at Mount Sinai

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Learn more about Cardiology at Mount Sinai Health System

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Cardiology (Click Here) 

  • Cardiology addresses all matters of the heart, from monitoring cholesterol levels to treating heart attack, heart failure, valve problems, arrhythmias, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. 

Movies and Documentaries

Leading cardiologists Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Herschel Sklaroff, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Cardiology at Mount Sinai Heart were filmed for one-month for the “Making Rounds” documentary film as they cared for critically-ill heart patients in the Cardiac Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Watch Mount Sinai Heart doctors, fellows, residents, and nurses in action and saving lives demonstrating how simply listening to patients at the bedside remains medicine’s most indispensable tool over any technology. 

In this film Mount Sinai Heart helps preserve the disappearing art and science of how to examine and diagnose patients at the bedside for future generations of physicians.