Sometimes the need to find a cardiologist is clear cut. If you have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac event you will definitely need a cardiologist’s care. But for many people the decision of whether to find a cardiologist, or let a general practitioner keep tabs on their heart health, is a bit murkier.
What Are the Signs That You Need to Find a Cardiologist?
If you have a family history of heart attacks or sudden death before age 60 you should definitely see a cardiologist. You want to discuss your family history and request screenings for the following risk factors that tend to run in families: low HDL cholesterol, high Lp(a), serum ferritin, homocysteine, and fibrinogen.
If you have chest pain, syncope (unexplained passing out) or shortness of breath with exertion, you need to find a cardiologist as soon as possible.
If you’re a man older than 40 or a woman older than 45 and are embarking on a new exercise program, I recommend visiting a cardiologist for a stress test to rule out any undetected heart issues.
If you don’t already have a cardiologist, here are my top five tips for finding the right cardiologist for you.
Now it’s your turn: How did you find the right cardiologist for you?