Have the heart
We recommend seeing a cardiologist for the following reasons:
Known disease of the heart
If you have been diagnosed with a disease of your heart or circulation, regular checks with your cardiologist are warranted. In addition, it can be useful to consult your cardiologist before starting new medications or therapies for other conditions.
An extended checkup by a cardiologist before development of specific symptoms can be arranged for by your home physician or sometimes by yourself. This is meaningful in case of familial disposition for cardiovascular disease, personal risk factors like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, overweight or cigarette smoking.
Heart disease in relatives
If someone in your family suffers or died from a disease of the heart or circulation including stroke, a checkup for you can help prevent you from experiencing the same. Those diseases usually run in the family, especially if they occur in multiple members or at younger ages.
Before and after major surgery it is recommended to visit the cardiologist if there is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk of major complications such as heart attacks during surgery can be reduced in that way.
In case of these unexplained symptoms we recommend seeing a cardiologist:
- loss of exercise capacity, increased shortness of breath
- sudden overall weakness. with or without sweat outbreak, nausea
- chest pain or pressure, with or without radiation in arms, neck, jaw, stomach or back
- dizziness or collapse
- irregular or rapid heartbeat
- swelling of ankles, legs or fluid accumulation in other parts of the body