SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I have been interested in cardiology since first year after seeing an echo for the first time. I find the heart and CV diseases absolutely fascinating. I am currently doing research in hypertension. I even attend lectures outside of med school regarding cards. I really like IM with the broad specturm of diseases and patient contact. I am especially interested in preventative cardiology and non-invasive imaging. However, the problem is I heard such discouraging things about Cards from the website. I am female, I want to have time for my family/children and enjoy hobbies. Life is to short to be married to your work. I have tried to consider all the "lifestyle" specialties but they don't really appeal to me. I find Derm, Optho, anesthesiology boring. Rads looks interesting but I really love talking to patients and their families. So what should I do? Cards is so competive and apparently the lifestyle sucks. Do I need consider Rads more seriously?