Cardiovascular conditions affect more Americans than any other disease in the United States. A complex organ with many moving parts, the heart can require a wide range of cardiovascular services offered by the Christie Clinic Department of Cardiology. While heart disease affects a wide range of people, many cardiovascular conditions can be successfully treated, if not easily prevented, with expert screening and care delivered by qualified specialists.
Seeing a cardiologist is recommended for individuals with risk factors, symptoms suggestive of heart problems, previous heart conditions, abnormal screening tests, or those seeking guidance on lifestyle changes to improve heart health. Early intervention and appropriate management can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications and improve overall quality of life.
Consider seeing a cardiologist if these apply to you:
- Risk Factors: If you have risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, or a family history of heart disease, it's important to establish care with a cardiologist for preventive measures and ongoing management.
- Symptoms: Any symptoms suggestive of heart problems should prompt an evaluation by a cardiologist. These symptoms may include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, or swelling in the legs.
- Previous Heart Conditions: If you've been diagnosed with a heart condition such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, or valvular disease, regular follow-up with a cardiologist is essential to monitor your condition, adjust treatment as needed, and prevent complications.
- Screening Tests: Routine screening tests such as electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG), echocardiograms, stress tests, or coronary angiography may indicate the need for further evaluation by a cardiologist if abnormalities are detected.
- Lifestyle Changes: If you're planning to make significant lifestyle changes to improve your heart health, such as starting an exercise program, quitting smoking, or making dietary modifications, consulting with a cardiologist can provide personalized guidance and support.
Christie Clinic cardiologists also supervise outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and community exercise programs that supplement routine post-operative care for patients who have undergone cardiac surgeries.