Most patients think about seeing a doctor when they don’t feel well but may put it off, or they may wait for an annual physical with their family care doctor to ask questions about any physical pains or symptoms. But how severe should the symptoms be before you see a cardiologist? How can you tell if someone you love should see a cardiologist?
1. Physician Recommendation
If your family-care doctor recommends you see a cardiologist, do it. Don’t put it off. You’ll regret it.
2. Heart Pain
This is pretty much a given. You can see a full list of heart disease symptoms below. If you have any doubts about whether or not you are experiencing a symptom, however, get checked out.
3. Family History
If anyone in your family has or has had heart problems, you should be aware of heart disease symptoms and consider talking to a cardiologist about them.
4. High Total Cholesterol
Total cholesterol is the sum of all the cholesterol in your blood. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease (a cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher).
5. High Blood Pressure
You have high blood pressure or a high systolic number. The systolic number on your blood pressure reading is the first number.
6. Are or Were a Smoker
Smoking is a huge risk factor for heart disease. It lowers the flow of oxygen to the heart and increases blood pressure, heart rate, and blood clotting as well as damages the cells lining the arteries.
Unfortunately diabetes can contribute to heart disease. If you experience symptoms of heart problems and are diabetic, you should see a cardiologist.
8. Starting a New Exercise Program
You are over the age of 40 and starting a new exercise program. You may already be working with a doctor on being more active, but a cardiologist can check your heart health and recommend exercises that would be good for your heart.
Are you experiencing these symptoms?
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and you’re local the Bronx or Westchester County, you can visit one of our five offices to meet with a cardiologist. Schedule time today.