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5 Signs That You Need to See a Cardiologist
October 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Champion Vascular Care
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Your body’s health starts with its most vital organ, the heart. If your heart and blood vessels do not function properly, essential nutrients and oxygen cannot circulate. Over time, this can create serious problems throughout the body.

Even worse, an unhealthy cardiovascular system can cause violent heart attacks and even death.

Because of the importance of heart healthiness, we have written up a short list of warning signs. If your conditions match any of these, you should visit a qualified cardiology specialist.

What a Cardiologist Does

A cardiologist specializes in the health and function of the body’s heart and blood vessels. Different categories of cardiologists can perform tests, perform surgical procedures, and other related tasks.

Some specialize in preventative work, advising their patients on how to avoid developing cardiovascular problems, as opposed to reacting when they occur.

American cardiologists typically take up to a decade or more of combined medical training to get certified in the field.

We recommend seeing a cardiologist if you experience any of the following.

Multiple Risk Factors From Chronic Conditions and Other Issues

Any one of the conditions listed below could serve as a risk factor for heart disease or future cardiovascular complications. If you have more than one, we recommend cardiovascular checkups.

• High blood pressure

• Cigarette smoking

• Obesity

• High cholesterol

• Family history of heart disease

• Elevated glucose levels from diabetes

Leg Pains or Foot Swelling

Not every cardiovascular issue starts with the heart. If you suffer from persistent leg pains and foot swelling, you may have peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Circulation problems in the extremities could be a sign of a number of dangerous conditions, particularly if you also suffer from diabetes. Symptoms also include varicose veins and other signs of poor circulation.

Left untreated, PAD could lead to amputations, heart attacks, strokes, and other dangerous complications.

Experiencing Chest Discomfort

While chest discomfort often stems from heartburn, indigestion, or stress, it can also serve as a sign of impending heart problems. We recommend that you see a cardiologist as quickly as possible.

If the chest discomfort is moderate to severe in nature, you should go immediately to the emergency room and follow up with a certified cardiologist.

Preeclampsia

This condition affects about two to eight percent of pregnancies worldwide. In the United States, it causes 15 percent of early births.

Also important, it increases a woman’s risk of heart attack during pregnancy by 400 percent.

Preeclampsia refers to a consistent and serious elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy. If left unmonitored and untreated, it could lead to pregnancy complications and even death.

Any woman diagnosed with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist.

Untreated Gum Disease

Heart disease can cause a number of other painful and disfiguring conditions in the body. Most forget that some diseases that start elsewhere in the body can lead to heart disease and damage.

One of the most common threats comes from untreated gum disease. Gum diseases come from infections in the mouth that lead to inflammation. Since the gums rely on significant amounts of blood flow, bacteria from infection can easily get into the bloodstream.

From the bloodstream, bacteria can colonize onto surfaces of the heart, leading to degraded function or even permanent damage.

Reach Out Today

Contact us today to learn more about our wide variety of services to our patients. Our staff can answer questions related to what we can do for patients to help them maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. They can also set up your an appointment for check-up and evaluation.

Take the first step toward improved heart heath by reaching out today.