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Cardiologist Career Information

What a Cardiologist does

Abilities & Traits Required

You need to have:

• Good analytical, logical and reasoning skills

• Ability to memorise and recall scientific facts

• A keen desire to serve and help people

• A patient and understanding nature

• The ability to generate confidence in others


To begin with you will have to clear your 10+2 exam with physics, chemistry and biology. Not only will you have to score really well in this exam, you will also have to appear for the highly competitive entrance exam. Once you secure your admission, you will enter the five and a half year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), course. This includes the one-year internship period as well.

One must realize that a cardiologist does not perform major surgery like by pass or open-heart surgery. Cardiovascular & thoracic surgeons handle this. So you have two academic options:

You can do a MD in General Medicine after your MBBS. After your MD, you should do a DM in Cardiology, which is a super specialization. You can practice cardiology after your MD, but to have a really successful career, you must do the DM.

Alternatively you can first do a MS in General Surgery after your MBBS and then M.Ch in Cardio-thoracic surgery or Cardiovascular & thoracic surgery.

A Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) or American College of Cardiology makes your future even brighter.


In government hospitals and healthcare establishments, you can expect to earn about Rs 15000 – 20000 a month in the beginning. As a tutor in medical colleges, you will get the same range of salaries per month. However, in corporate or private hospitals or other healthcare centers, your starting salary will be Rs 25000 or more per month. Senior cardiologists and surgeons earn more than Rs 50000 a month.

After that it is your reputation and your experience that matters. You could work for pharmaceutical companies as well as government and private research and development labs. Your salary here would be in the range of Rs 20000-40000. You could even go on to make as much as lakh a month.

If you are a cardiac surgeon, then your earning will have the potential to reach the stars and beyond. For example, a reputed cardiac surgeon can earn about 1.5 lakh a day!

Along with the money is the fame. You will be renowned the world over for your expertise in your field. Starting off your own private clinic also brings in lots of money.

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