Knowing When You Should See a Cardiologist
Your primary physician is a helpful resource for managing your overall health—including your heart health—but you may need more specialized cardiac care to address concerns as you get older or experience new symptoms . Visiting a cardiologist can provide you with a more detailed look at your heart health so that you are able to take a more proactive approach in preventing conditions like heart attack or coronary artery disease. Below you will see some reasons to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist rather than seeing your family doctor for heart health concerns.
You Are Beginning a New Exercise Program
Exercise is necessary for a healthy heart, but the wrong exercise program could put added stress on your heart and actually pose a risk. If you are not currently very active or you want to significantly increase the intensity of your workout routine, you might schedule a stress test with a cardiologist to learn the limits of your heart so that you do not encounter serious cardiac problems.
You Have Regular Chest Pain or Shortness of Breath
Symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath after physical exertion may point to heart disease, so you should not hesitate to bring these symptoms to a cardiologist’s attention. When you ignore symptoms or are not honest about them with your doctor, your chances of a sudden cardiac episode may be much higher.
You Have Close Family Members with Heart Disease
Heart disease tends to run in families , so you might need specialized care if a parent or sibling suffers from a heart attack or other serious cardiac condition. If you have a family history of heart-related deaths before age 60, you will have the highest risk for heart disease.
To find a physician who can provide the cardiac care you need, call MountainView Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. With our Heart & Vascular Care department, you can fight back against heart disease under the care of highly trained specialists organized through our dedicated clinical care coordinator.