When To See a Cardiologist
If you have a family history of heart disease, meaning one or more immediate family members have been diagnosed with heart disease or has high blood pressure or cholesterol, you could be at higher risk for heart disease. Ask your primary care doctor about further testing to evaluate your risk for a serious heart or vascular disease.
Here are a few easy steps to help you understand if you are at risk:
- Download a brochure to see a list of simple questions to ask yourself. Discuss your answers with your doctor.
- Click here to calculate your risk online.
Even if your risk is low, it is important to ask your doctor if further testing is right for you.
- Your doctor will decide if it's appropriate for you to have a stress test. Stress tests are done if there's a change in symptoms, and when there might be a problem with the heart.
- One reason for this test is if you have risk factors for heart disease or if other tests suggest blockages of the artery to the heart.
- Another reason is if there are known blockages in the artery. A stress test can help determine the severity of those blockages, so your doctor can recommend the best treatment options.
Referrals from your doctor enable us to match you with the right specialist. To schedule an appointment call 216-778-BEAT (2328). For pediatric appointments call 216-778-2222.
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