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Is there a difference between a cardiologist and a vascular surgeon?

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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Oh my, yes!

I agree that the lines of distinction have become blurred due to the rapid adoption of catheter, balloon and stent techniques by vascular surgeons, known as endovascular surgery, but vascular surgeon also have been trained to perform open surgical procedures in the operating room such as carotid endarterectomy, femoral to popliteal artery bypass, open aneurysm repair and more.

In brief: Oh my, yes!

I agree that the lines of distinction have become blurred due to the rapid adoption of catheter, balloon and stent techniques by vascular surgeons, known as endovascular surgery, but vascular surgeon also have been trained to perform open surgical procedures in the operating room such as carotid endarterectomy, femoral to popliteal artery bypass, open aneurysm repair and more.
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Dr. Timothy Wu
If I could doubly agree, I'd do so. Vascular surgeons are the only complete specialists of the vascular system and can treat patients medically (prescribing medications, counseling on lifestyle and risk modification, etc.), treat patients surgically (performing bypass operations, removing blockages from arteries, etc.), and treat patients with minimally-invasive, catheter-based techniques (such as angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, etc.). Vascular surgeons also treat and are experts in diseases of the veins, including varicose veins and other major venous disorders. We offer venous ablative procedures such as injection sclerotherapy, radiofrequency or laser ablation, or ligation/stripping and phlebectomy. Unfortunately the current healthcare climate has seen an increase in the number of non-vascular surgeons practicing parts of vascular surgery, such as radiologists and cardiologists performing only minimally-invasive procedures, "vascular medicine specialists" only prescribing medicine and counseling, and "phlebologists" only treating varicose veins. Despite the competence of many of these other vascular specialists, vascular surgeons are the only complete specialist.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Huge Difference

There is a huge difference between a cardiologist ; a vascular surgeon.
A cardiologist does not have any formal surgery training. A cardiologist is a internal medicine doctor who has done additional training in heart conditions. A vascular surgeon is a blood vessel specialist who specializes in treating diseases of arteries ; veins and performs vascular ; vein interventions. Cardiology = heart.

In brief: Huge Difference

There is a huge difference between a cardiologist ; a vascular surgeon.
A cardiologist does not have any formal surgery training. A cardiologist is a internal medicine doctor who has done additional training in heart conditions. A vascular surgeon is a blood vessel specialist who specializes in treating diseases of arteries ; veins and performs vascular ; vein interventions. Cardiology = heart.
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