Approximately 12 percent of cardiologists are women as of 2015, according to the American Heart Association. About 30 percent of pediatric cardiologists and under 10 percent of interventional cardiologists are women. Approximately 10 percent of cardiologists in procedural subspecialties, which have higher compensation rates than general cardiology, are women.
A study shows that female interventional cardiologists perform about 3 percent of all angioplasties, procedures that open blocked arteries, according to the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Female cardiologists are more likely to care for heart attack, cardiac arrest and other high-risk patients than are their male counterparts. Female cardiologists have low patient mortality rates, about 0.46 percent for elective angioplasties and about 1.8 percent overall.