How to Find a Good Cardiologist

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol
Last Reviewed 05/08/2014

How to Find a Good Cardiologist

I’m often asked how to find a good cardiologist. Aside from sound medical training, and plenty of years of clinical experience, here are things that make a cardiologist a “top doc” on my list.

5 Tips to Find a Good Cardiologist

  1. Asks you about your diet. A good cardiologist won’t treat you with a prescription pad alone, but will ask what you’re eating and guide you toward healing foods. For instance, potassium rich foods can relax the arterial walls, which helps to lower blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes. 

  2. Doesn’t focus on driving your cholesterol lower. The fact is, your entire body—and especially your brain—requires cholesterol to function at its peak. Instead, your cardiologist should be focusing on your cholesterol ratios and subtypes

  3. Knows which nutritional supplements can improve heart function. The top nutrients I recommend are what I call the “Awesome Foursome:” CoQ10 (100-200 mg), L-carnitine (1,000–1,500 mg in divided doses), magnesium (at least 200–400 mg) and ribose (One teaspoon (5 grams) daily, or three times a day if you have cardiovascular problems). You can also take an additional dose of ribose following strenuous exercise.

  4. Strongly encourages you to exercise. Inactivity is the single most prevalent risk factor for heart disease. Walking just 30 minutes a day can improve your heart health and minimize your risk for stroke—regardless of your age.

  5. Encourages you to seek a second opinion. A good cardiologist will encourage you to seek out a second opinion—especially if you’re facing the decision of whether or not to have surgery. 

Now it’s your turn: What qualities do you look for to find a cardiologist?

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