Diagnoses and treats diseases of heart and its functions: Examines patient for symptoms indicative of heart disorders, using medical instruments and equipment.
Studies diagnostic images and electrocardiograph recordings to aid in making diagnoses.
Prescribes medications, and recommends dietary and activity program, as indicated.
Refers patient to SURGEON specializing in cardiac cases when need for corrective surgery is indicated.
May engage in research to study anatomy of and diseases peculiar to heart.
Advise patients, parents or guardians and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
Examine children regularly to assess their growth and development.
Examine patients or order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests to obtain information on medical condition and determine diagnosis.
Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians.
Monitor patients' condition and progress and re-evaluate treatments as necessary.