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Today on your show our topic is: “Career journey of a Consultant Cardiologist”. Heart disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death, accounting for 15.5% of all deaths worldwide. The top 10 countries for heart disease are the UK, Ireland, China, Czech, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and number 1 Russia. The leading cause is exposure to lifestyle related risk factors (excessive smoking, obesity, high alcohol intake, fatty diets, sedentary lifestyles, hypertension). Now Cardiology is a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the heart and the cardiovascular system. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are called cardiologists, a specialty of internal medicine. Pediatric cardiologists are pediatricians who specialize in cardiology. Physicians who specialize in cardiac surgery are called cardiothoracic surgeons or simply cardiac surgeons

Guests – Dr Peter McKavanagh. We are joined by Dr Peter McKavanagh, Peter has been a cardiologist consultant at Ulster Hospital in Belfast, NI for the last 5 years. He was educated in Belfast with all three of his degrees from QUB. He specializes in interventional cardiology having done a 2-year fellowship in Toronto at St Michael’s hospital. He is now back living in Belfast, NI with his wife and three kids but has also spent time in the past volunteering in Africa. When not in work or with family he spends his free time doing judo and more recently Brazilian jujitsu.

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