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 expands uses for cardiac resynchronization devices

The approval of cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and defibrillators manufactured by Medtronic has been expanded to include patients with atrioventricular block and less severe heart failure, the...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
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Off-label use of novel anticoagulants accelerates

WASHINGTON – The off-label use of novel oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in patients with valvular atrial fibrillation has climbed steeply since the drugs reached the marketplace, mirroring...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

Diagnosing TOPCAT’s failure in HFpEF

Results of TOPCAT, one of the most talked about heart failure trials in recent years, have been published. There were no obvious surprises: Spironolactone is no more beneficial than placebo for...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

Dabigatran approved for VTE prevention and treatment

The novel oral anticoagulant dabigatran has been approved for treating and reducing the risk of recurrence of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, based on the results of four phase III...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

VIDEO: PCSK9 inhibitors placed in perspective

WASHINGTON – "We’re at the dawn of an era of biological therapeutics in cardiology," Dr. Peter Libby, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told us...

Field of Interest: Cardiology
Type: News Item

VIDEO: Rethink the VTE prophylaxis mantra

LAS VEGAS – Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis – a sine qua non of the Joint Commission and others – doesn’t seem to prevent deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in hospitalized medical...

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,low asterisk,'Correspondence information about the author Carmen Fierbinţeanu-BraticeviciEmail the author Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevici, Matthias Raspeb, Alin Liviu Predac, Evija Livčāned,Email the author Evija Livčāne,
Date:15 November 2018

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

Author(s): Xavier Corbellaa,low asterisk,'Correspondence information about the author Xavier CorbellaEmail the author Xavier Corbella, Vasco Barretob, Stefano Bassettic, Monica Bivold, Pietro Castellinoe, Evert-Jan de Kruijff, Francesco Dentalig, 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,low asterisk,'Correspondence information about the author Mine Durusu TanrioverEmail the author Mine Durusu Tanriover, Shirley Rigbyb, L. Harry van Hulsteijnc, Faustino Ferreirad, Narcisso Oliveirad, Petra-Maria Schumm-Draegere, Fra
Date:1 December 2014

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What is EFIM?

The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientificn educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in provinging 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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