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When Should You See a Cardiologist?

Seeing a cardiologist is truly a matter of the heart!

A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions and disorders of the heart. While most people just turn to their regular doctor if they aren’t feeling their best, you may not realize when it may actually be more prudent to visit a cardiologist instead. From the office of our Tomball, TX, cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana, here are some signs that it may be time for you or a loved one to see a cardiologist.

You’re suddenly winded during activity

If you experience any kind of shortness of breath it’s a good idea to see a doctor; however, if you find that you are more winded and out of breath than is normal for your activity level or age this is a cause for concern. If you also experience trouble breathing when lying down then it’s time to see a cardiologist, as this could be a sign of a heart valve disorder such as atrial fibrillation.

You have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure

Uncontrolled high cholesterol or high blood pressure can also lead to a heart attack. It’s important that if your cardiologist has diagnosed you with either or both of these health problems that you are taking the medication prescribed to you and improving your lifestyle through proper diet, routine exercise and stress management.

You have a family history of heart disease

Genetics are a major factor in whether someone may or may not develop heart disease over the course of their lifetime. The risk increases if you have a parent with heart disease. If you also have a family history of high blood pressure or diabetes this can also increase your risk for heart-related problems. You should undergo annual checkups with a cardiologist just to be on the safe side.

You experience chest pain

There are many reasons why someone may experience chest pain and some problems such as heartburn aren’t actually heart-related; however, since chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack, angina or a valvular disorder it’s important that you see your Tomball, TX, heart doctor to rule out heart problems.

You used to smoke

Smoking reduces how much oxygen flows to the heart. It can also increase plaque buildup within the heart and damage the arteries and blood vessels. Even if you quit smoking years ago it’s a good idea to have a cardiologist that can continue to monitor your heart health just in case a problem does arise.

Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, has been serving NW Houston and the surrounding areas for more than 12 years. If you are looking for a board-certified cardiologist for routine checkups or ongoing care, please call us at (281) 357-5700 to schedule your first appointment.

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