When to See a Cardiologist
Have you ever seen a cardiologist? It could be that you have never needed help with your heart, or you may be ignoring some symptoms you shouldn’t be ignoring. When should you see a cardiologist? Let’s take a look at what cardiologists do and why you may need to schedule a cardiologist appointment.
What Is a Cardiologist?
Cardiologists are heart doctors who specialize in treating conditions and diseases of the heart. They also help patients manage heart conditions and treat symptoms of heart conditions as well as diagnose possible conditions.
What Does a Cardiologist Do?
Using screenings and check-ups, a cardiologist works to help prevent heart diseases. When a patient is suffering from heart disease or a heart condition, the cardiologist will provide treatment. Diseases a cardiologist treats include heart attacks, coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, and valve problems.
Here Are Some Risk Factors & Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore.
You may be familiar with the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. However, those are not the only heart conditions that require the help of a cardiologist. Symptoms of heart disease that should never be ignored include severe pressure, pain, squeezing, and discomfort in the chest, pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, arms, or jaw, or chest pain that increases in intensity or isn’t alleviated by rest. See a cardiologist if you have chest pain with sweating, cool, clammy skin, or paleness, breathlessness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, unexplained weakness or fatigue, or rapid or irregular pulse. Other signs of heart disease include pain in the jaw, neck, upper back, or chest, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, anxiety, and low blood pressure.
10 Reasons You May Want to See a Cardiologist:
- Your doctor referred you. Your primary care physician can tell you when to see a cardiologist for heart palpitations or another symptom, and it is important for you to listen.
- You are experiencing chest pain. Because chest pain can be a sign of a heart issue, it should never be ignored. Chest pain is not always related to the heart, but if you experience chest pressure that gets worse when you are active, it could mean the heart is not getting enough blood. A cardiologist can find the cause of your pain and determine how to treat it.
- You have a family history of heart trouble. Because some types of heart disease can be genetic, it is worth visiting a cardiologist for a screening if heart disease runs in your family.
- You have high cholesterol. If your total cholesterol is high, it can cause plaque to build up on the arteries.
- Your blood pressure is high. Have your blood pressure checked regularly to keep track of it so that you will know if it is frequently high. You can check with your doctor about when to see a cardiologist for high blood pressure, but in general, if yours is chronically elevated, see a cardiologist.
- You are feeling short of breath or dizzy or having heart palpitations. These symptoms are sometimes a sign of a heart rhythm disorder or coronary artery disease, and your cardiologist can determine whether heart disease is the cause.
- You have a history of smoking. Smoking dramatically increases your risk of heart disease, so if you have smoked in the past, it is worth seeing a cardiologist.
- You are about to go from inactive to active. If you have previously been sedentary and are now starting an exercise routine, you are doing something good for your heart. However, certain conditions can make exercise unsafe. Check with your cardiologist before beginning any new activity.
- You have a condition that raises your risk of heart disease. Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and peripheral artery disease can all raise your risk of heart disease. So, too, can preeclampsia or a difficult pregnancy. If you have one of these illnesses talk to a cardiologist about your cardiac disease risk.
- You have gum disease. Often, gums can become infected when the body is suffering inflammation. If you have swollen or inflamed guns, talk to your cardiologist.
Why Choose Complete Cardiology Care?
Your heart is the life source of your body, and when you need help protecting and maintaining the health of your heart, Complete Cardiology Care is here for you. In our Sugar Land, Texas office, you will find an experienced cardiologist and nurse practitioner dedicated to helping patients find solutions to any cardiac issues they may be facing. Our practice lives up to its name by offering a complete list of cardiology services, delivered by our team of medical professionals whose careers are focused on helping people improve their heart health. Using advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment, we offer comprehensive healthcare for conditions including heart disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, varicose veins, heart rhythm disorders, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. When you need a cardiologist who will provide you with personalized treatment and advanced cardiac care, trust Dr. Sonbol and the experienced, highly trained team at Complete Cardiology Care. Call us at 281-617-2483 or schedule an appointment through our website.