When to see a Cardiologist
It can be challenging to determine when you should consult a cardiologist. To help you decide, we will explain the heightened risk factors for cardiovascular disease and symptoms of a heart condition.
You should consider seeing a cardiologist if you have any of the following heightened risk factors for cardiovascular disease:
High cholesterol: It can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases.
High blood pressure: Known as hypertension, it can increase your risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes: It can cause damage to your blood vessels and may lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
Obesity: It can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and vascular dementia.
Family history of heart disease: Heart and circulatory diseases can run in families.
Ethnicity: Certain ethnicities, such as South Asian, African, or African Caribbean in the UK, can increase your risk of developing some heart and circulatory diseases compared to white Europeans.
Smoking: It is a significant risk factor for heart disease. Smoking lowers the flow of oxygen to your heart, increases blood pressure, heart rate, and blood clotting, and damages the cells lining your arteries.
Physical inactivity: Your heart is a muscle that needs physical activity to function properly.
If you experience symptoms of a heart condition, you may be referred to a cardiologist. These symptoms are often generic for various other conditions and include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain and tightness
- Palpitations (an awareness of your heart beating unusually), such as pounding, fluttering, or irregularity, which could indicate an arrhythmia
- Sweating, nausea, dizziness, or fainting
- Swollen feet and legs
- Pain, numbness, weakness, or coldness in your legs or arms
- Weakness or fatigue
- High blood pressure
If you have a cardiac event or experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to seek cardiology care.
Click here to understand more about the diagnostic tests which play a crucial role in understanding the condition of your heart.
Whether you require a heart health check, a diagnosis of heart condition symptoms, high blood pressure management, or treatment for a heart condition, rest assured that you will receive the best possible care and advice.
We conduct cardiovascular screening to assess your cardiovascular risk, determine your heart age, and recommend strategies for preventing heart disease.
With Sulis Hospital, your symptoms will be assessed promptly, and a diagnosis will be provided swiftly. This will enable us to develop an individualised treatment plan to optimally manage your heart condition.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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