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AUDIO: Dr. Lishan Aklog - Why Did You Become A Cardiologist?

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Also, my background is really in physics and I’m always, sort of, a quantitative nerdy student and the mechanics of the heart on the cardiovascular system is really, it really, some of that can be quantified and understood in a quantitative way and it certainly was a good match for the way I, my academic background.

The other, and then you add the compound of the surgery to it and, you know, what’s really very attractive, was very attractive to me and, you know, adds to the job satisfaction as well as to the job stress is that, when you are operating on the heart, every operation is a so-called, think case. So there are very few things that we do day-to-day where the stakes are not sky high, and as I said, that adds to the stress because these are human beings and we never forget that that the patient is somebody’s mother, grandmother, father and so forth, and so that does add to the burden of what we do, but also, we have a big impact on patient’s lives and if we do what we do right and we are successful, we can take patients who are often quite debilitated or their quality of life has suffered in the recent past and get them to be very active and have an excellent quality of life and really, nothing could be more gratifying than having a patient like that and having them come back for their three-week or their three-month follow-up visit and see that they are really back to enjoying the full quality of life.

Todd Hartley:
Well, what makes a great doctor, in the interest of full disclosure I am grateful that you are my doctor and that I have been fortunate enough to come and see you a few times and I would consider you to be a great, great doctor. What is it that makes a doctor so exceptional and how can women look for that when they are in the doctor’s office?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:

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