Cardiology (from Greek καρδίᾱ, kardiā, "heart"; and -λογία, -logia) is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart be it human or animal. 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. Physicians who specialize in cardiac surgery are called cardiac surgeons.


FDA rejects serelaxin for acute heart failure

The Food and Drug Administration has decided that more evidence of serelaxin’s efficacy as a treatment for acute heart failure is needed before the drug can be approved in the United States, Novartis...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

Remote monitoring of devices boosted survival

SAN FRANCISCO – Patients with implantable pacemakers and defibrillators who engage in remote monitoring at more than 75% adherence rates have a 2.4-fold higher rate of survival than those who do not...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

Apixiban for VTE reduced subsequent hospitalizations

WASHINGTON – Treating acute venous thromboembolism with the fixed-dose oral factor Xa inhibitor apixaban significantly reduces subsequent all-cause hospitalizations, compared with conventional...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

FDA declines to approve IV antiplatelet drug cangrelor

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected the approval of the intravenous antiplatelet drug cangrelor, suggesting that the company provide more data, according to the drug’s manufacturer. The...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

GERD may boost risk of MI

CHICAGO – Gastroesophageal reflux disease may constitute a heretofore unrecognized risk factor for coronary heart disease. In a nationwide case-control study of prodigious proportions,...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

Relevant EFIM Publications

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspe, Alin Liviu Preda, Evija Livčāne
Date:15 November 2018

Hospital ambulatory medicine: A leading strategy for Internal Medicine in Europe

Author(s): Xavier Corbella, Vasco Barreto, Stefano Bassetti, Monica Bivol, Pietro Castellino, Evert-Jan de Kruijf, Francesco Dentali, Mine Durusu-Tanriöv
Date:14 April 2018

What is the role of general internists in the tertiary or academic setting?

Author(s): Mine Durusu Tanriovera, Shirley Rigby, L. Harry van Hulsteijn, Faustino Ferreira, Narcisso Oliveira, Petra-Maria Schumm-Draeger
Date:1 December 2014

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What is EFIM?

The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientific educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in providing better care for patients throughout Europe.

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What is internal medicine?

The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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