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Jorge Saucedo, MD, has had a love for medicine since he was a student, which has led to his success as the Division Chief of Interventional Cardiology at NorthShore. He now shares his experience and some helpful tips on heart health, as well as some of his most interesting personal passions.
When did you know you wanted to go into medicine? Was there a particular moment of realization? Where did it all start?For me, it was when I was finishing high school. Outside of the U.S., you begin medical school right after high school (there is no college, and medical school is longer). For me at the age of 17-18, it was more like “I guess I will go into medicine”. I truly fell in love with medicine at the end of my second year of medical school. My love for the profession has increased with every year that goes by.
When did your attention turn to cardiology? What led you to this specialty?The second hardest decision was to choose between surgery and internal medicine when finishing medical school. The decision was made the night before the interviews. In regards to cardiology, this was easy. As soon as I started my internal medicine training, I knew I wanted to become a cardiologist.
What do you enjoy most about your job?Spending quality time with patients. I also enjoy doing complex interventions, particularly in patients with heart attacks.
What do you find most challenging about cardiology? Treatment of patients?Keeping up with how tremendously fast the field evolves.
What do you think is the most important thing everyone should know about their heart/the care of their heart?Prevention is crucial. Watch your blood pressure, know your cholesterol levels, exercise and don't use tobacco products.
What can/should people do themselves to improve their heart health?Maintain healthy eating and sleeping patterns, and do not abuse alcoholic drinks.
One of your other passions is opera and classical music? Where did this passion start?When I was around 15 years old. Both, music and voce have been a fascination to me.
Is there any particular performer or performance that inspires you?I have had the privilege of hearing the best opera singers on the best world stages. I love Mozart and Verdi operas. Obviously, Spanish tenors like Placido Domingo are on the top of my list. Hearing Joyce DiDonato was also truly inspirational.
If you could perform anywhere or for anyone, where or who would it be?If I had any talent, I would love to perform at Teatro alla Scala in Milano or the Lyric in downtown Chicago. Maybe the roles of Manrico in Il Trovatore or Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca.