• Question: what sorts of things do you do in hospitals

    Asked by jessmort to Cathal on 15 Mar 2012.
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      Cathal Breen answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      My job is to provide a diagnosis to any patient who presents with suspected heart problems. This is quite a wide remit. Imagine any man or woman or adult or child that has a light head, low blood pressure, chest pain, heart attack or cardiac arrest will have to come by me. I perform many procedures to look and inspect the heart. The heart beat is an electrical signal so I can check to see if the ehart is beating properly or if the patient needs medications or a shock to their heart. I can also use ultrasound to image the heart and actually “see” the heart working.