AskDefine | Define cardiology

Dictionary Definition

cardiology n : the branch of medicine dealing with the heart and its diseases

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From cardio- < (kardia) "heart" and -logy < (logia) "study of".


  1. The study of the structure, function, and disorders of the heart.


study of the structure of the heart
  • Croatian: kardiologija
  • French: cardiologie

Extensive Definition

Cardiology is the branch of internal medicine dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The field is commonly divided in the branches of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians specializing in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Cardiologists should not be confused with cardiac surgeons who are surgeons who perform cardiac surgery - operative procedures on the heart and great vessels.
The term cardiology is derived from the Greek word καρδιά (transliterated as kardia and meaning heart or inner self).

The heart

Disorders of the heart

Disorders of the coronary circulation

Sudden cardiac death (The abrupt cessation of blood flow, leading to death)

Treatment of sudden cardiac death

Disorders of the pericardium (outer lining of the heart)

Inflammation and infection of the heart

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cardiology in Asturian: Cardioloxía
cardiology in Bengali: হৃদ্‌বিদ্যা
cardiology in Catalan: Cardiologia
cardiology in German: Kardiologie
cardiology in Spanish: Cardiología
cardiology in Basque: Kardiologia
cardiology in French: Cardiologie
cardiology in Croatian: Kardiologija
cardiology in Indonesian: Kardiologi
cardiology in Italian: Cardiologia
cardiology in Hebrew: קרדיולוגיה
cardiology in Latin: Cardiologia
cardiology in Dutch: Cardiologie
cardiology in Nepali: हृदयशास्त्र
cardiology in Japanese: 循環器学
cardiology in Norwegian: Kardiologi
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cardiology in Polish: Kardiologia
cardiology in Portuguese: Cardiologia
cardiology in Romanian: Cardiologie
cardiology in Russian: Кардиология
cardiology in Albanian: Kardiologjia
cardiology in Slovenian: Kardiologija
cardiology in Serbian: Кардиологија
cardiology in Serbo-Croatian: Kardiologija
cardiology in Finnish: Kardiologia
cardiology in Swedish: Kardiologi
cardiology in Turkish: Kardiyoloji
cardiology in Ukrainian: Кардіологія
cardiology in Chinese: 心臟內科
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