Cardiology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and the blood vessels. Cardiology focuses on congenital heart defects, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and electrophysiology, among others. It is comprised of subspecialties like cardiac electrophysiology, echocardiography, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology.
You should not take your cardiovascular health lightly. That is why you need to see a cardiologist as regularly as possible. That is the ideal. In reality, most folks do not visit a cardiologist except health issues force them. So when do you need a cardiologist? You will need a cardiologist if you find yourself in any of these situations:
A GP’s Recommendation: You might need to see a cardiologist if a GP recommends it.
Heart Pain: Whenever you notice pain in your heart or the area around it, your best bet is to see a cardiologist.
Family Related: You might need to visit a cardiologist if any member of your family has a history of heart-related conditions.
High Cholesterol: When your body has a high total cholesterol count (a cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher), you might need to see a cardiologist.
High Blood Pressure: If you notice that your blood pressure is high or you have a high systolic number, you need to see a cardiologist.
If You Smoke: Smoking lowers the flow of oxygen to the heart and increases blood pressure, heart rate, and blood clotting, as well as damages the cells lining the arteries. You need to see a cardiologist if you smoke.
Before You Start a New Exercise Program
When you become, middle-aged your heart may not be as strong as it was in your 20’s. That is why you need a cardiologist to check your cardiovascular health to recommend the right exercises for you.