If any of our patients were to mention the top three reasons They come to see the cardiologist, loving to go to the doctor probably wouldn’t be on the list. We know that most people don’t enjoy regular doctor visits, but we want our patients to be invested enough in their own physical health to schedule regular appointments with our office.
Each year, one in every four deaths can be attributed to heart disease making it one of the most deadly diseases threatening American lives today. This deadly condition has plagued our country for far too long, and we believe strongly that many of these deaths could be avoided with a preventative approach to our patients’ cardiovascular care. But how does the average person know when the time has come for them to find a cardiologist? There are many different ways you may come to find our office. In many cases, patients are referred by their primary care physicians. Here are 4 factors that should remind you that it’s time to call a cardiologist.
1. You Have Current Symptoms Of Heart Disease
This should go without saying, but if you have symptoms of a heart attack you should immediately seek emergency assistance. Heart attacks are painful and deadly, do not wait to schedule an appointment, make your way to the hospital immediately. Symptoms of a heart attack include extreme chest pain, shortness of breath, and in some cases nausea and vomiting. Women tend to have additional symptoms like fainting, indigestion, and a pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen. Once your imminent risk is treated in the hospital you should find a cardiologist to treat you on an ongoing basis.
Symptoms of heart disease will be similar but less severe than a heart attack. Chest pain or tightness which is also referred to as angina, shortness of breath, pain in the neck, and in some cases numbness or weakness in the extremities are all common symptoms of heart disease that should be seen as soon as possible by a cardiologist.
2. You Have A Family History
One of the most significant risk factors for heart disease is genetics. If your parents and grandparents all suffered from some sort of cardiovascular condition there is a good chance that you are predisposed to similar conditions. Knowing your family history can help you prevent serious illness through lifestyle and diet changes that promote heart health. Your cardiologist can help you understand your own risks based upon your current health and your risk potential.
If you are for any reason unsure of your genetic predisposition toward heart disease, that is all the more reason to have your heart health monitored by a cardiologist. You do not have to navigate this situation alone, it is always best to invite a cardiologist into your health journey before it’s too late. It’s also important to mention that Black and Latino adults have a higher risk factor for heart disease.
3. You Have A Preexisting Condition
Heart disease generally does not exist in a vacuum. Often patients with heart disease present with other pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Once you become aware of a pre-existing condition like these it’s wise to immediately contact a cardiologist to help you monitor your heart health and the progress of your condition.
All of that stress you feel at work may seem like an isolated issue however the elevation in blood pressure that your stress causes puts significant added pressure on your heart muscle and the blood vessels that feed it. By developing a relationship with a cardiologist he or she can help you track the progress of your heart health and make necessary lifestyle changes to protect you from significant damage.
4. You Have Pertinent Questions About Your Heart Health
There is a lot of information available on the Internet for people who have questions about their heart health. Unfortunately, not all of the information is provided by a trained cardiologist. Too often companies who have products to sell try to convince earnest information seekers that their one solution is the cure-all for whatever cardiovascular issues they may face. If you have questions about your heart health please call our office and request to meet with a cardiologist on our team. Together we can mount a preemptive strike against heart disease or any other heart-related conditions that may try to slow you down.
You may not love the idea of going to a cardiologist, but we assure you we are far better off making an appointment today to track your cardiovascular health then you are waiting until your heart disease has gotten out of control. With the careful guidance of your cardiologist, there are small yet vital changes that you can make to your diet and lifestyle today that will pay off in the future. If you are ready to make your first appointment with a cardiologist give our office a call anytime. Will be happy to connect you with a cardiologist from our team so that you can move forward in pursuit of a heart-healthy life.