When Should You Start Seeing a Cardiologist?

When Should You Start Seeing a Cardiologist?

The numbers surrounding cardiovascular issues in the United States are eye-opening. To start, nearly half of adults in the US have cardiovascular disease. Second, nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the US are caused by heart disease or stroke.

While these numbers may be frightening, we want to draw your attention to another statistic — at least 200,000 cardiovascular-related deaths each year in the US are preventable.

Our team here at Indus Cardiology, led by Dr. Yogesh Paliwal, understands how powerful preventive steps are in warding off heart disease, which starts with knowing your risks and addressing them with a specialist.

If you’re wondering whether (and when) you should seek our help, here are a few points to consider.

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Many factors can raise your risk for cardiovascular disease, and we want to discuss a few of them here. The CDC cites the following as key risk factors for heart disease:

  1. High cholesterol
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Smoking

We agree with this assessment and would also like to add another important risk — family history. If your immediate family (grandparents, parents, or siblings) have a history of heart disease, your risks may be elevated.

Addressing those risks

In most cases, your primary care provider will be the first to discover an elevated risk for heart disease through routine testing of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

If you’ve been told you have hypertension or high cholesterol, we recommend that you come see us as soon as possible for a cardiology consultation. We can help you take the steps necessary to greatly lower your risks for heart disease and stroke.

Seeing a cardiologist is also important if your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are normal, but you still smoke or have a family history of heart disease. Through extensive testing, we can determine whether these risks are affecting your heart health.

Recognizing signs of a problem

In addition to seeing a cardiologist when your risks are heightened, we also strongly recommend you come see us if you experience any cardiovascular-related symptoms such as:

If you experience sudden chest pain, pain in your jaw, dizziness, and/or nausea and vomiting, call 911 immediately.

Outside of an immediate cardiac event, the other symptoms we list above are signs that you may have problems with your heart’s rhythm or blockages in your blood vessels.

The benefits of a cardiologist

Since our team focuses solely on cardiovascular health, we know what to look for when we perform an evaluation. Through extensive testing, such as echocardiograms or stress testing, alongside advanced imaging, we can get a much clearer picture of how your cardiovascular system is functioning.

Our ability to recognize problems and take swift action can not only be life-altering, but life-saving, which makes having us on your healthcare team invaluable.

To schedule your cardiology consultation today, please call the office most conveniently located near you — we have offices in Pomona, Montclair, and West Covina, California.

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