7 Reasons To See A Cardiologist
Although most people know that healthy living habits, such as regular exercise and eating a healthy diet, are the best ways to prevent serious heart conditions, it can be difficult for those who have never experienced heart disease to recognize the signs.
These are signs that you should look out for when you have heart problems. You should make an appointment with a Denver cardiologist as soon as possible.
1. High Blood Pressure
People with diabetes are at the same risk as those who have had high blood pressure in the past. Atherosclerosis is a slow process that causes the narrowing of the coronary vessels due to fat buildup, cholesterol, and/or other substances called Plaque. A blocked artery can block blood flow through the heart muscle, leading to a heart attack.
2. Chest Pains
Although chest pain is a common problem, only 20% of those who visit hospital emergency rooms have had a heart attack or episode of angina. This is a condition where there is reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina regularly occurs when the oxygen-rich blood doesn’t reach certain parts of the heart during physical activity. There are also severe causes of chest pain. An aortic dissection (a tear or bulge in the inner layer) and a pulmonary embolism are two possible causes of chest pain. You should consult a medical expert immediately if you feel any pain around your heart.
Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t properly process food to make it usable as energy. This is the most serious problem. The arteries can become clogged with fatty material and blood sugar levels that are too high. To assess your situation, it is important to consult a cardiologist.
4. Dizziness, Palpitations, Or Shortness Of Breath
Palpitations – This is a condition where your heart rate fluctuates, which can cause a racing, pounding feeling. Atrial fibrillation refers to a problem with the heart rhythm that causes irregular heartbeats. Dizziness or blackouts can be caused by ventricular tachycardia.
Most people are well aware of the risks associated with smoking tobacco. Smoking can also have a devastating effect on your heart health. Regular smokers have a 70% higher chance of dying from coronary artery disease than non-smokers. Smoking raises blood pressure and tightens the arteries, which can block blood flow to the heart. This increases the heart’s workload and speeds it up.
6. Waist Circumference
Risk of developing coronary heart disease is high for people who have most of their fat around the waist, rather than their hips. Experts agree that waist circumference (WC), which is more predictive of cardiovascular disease risk than a person’s body mass (BMI) for women, is a better indicator than someone’s BMI. There are many ways to classify abdominal obesity. Talk to your doctor about what your ideal size is and what you can do to avoid having it have a devastating impact on your health and life expectancy.
7. Inactive/Sedentary Lifestyle
Although some people may be affected by family history and early-stage heart disease, we can take control of our lives by exercising regularly and staying active. Exercise strengthens the heart muscles, allowing blood to flow more efficiently throughout the body. It helps reduce that troubling abdominal fat and it also lowers blood pressure. If you’ve been not active for a long time, it is a good idea to consult your cardiologist before you begin any new exercise routine. Get moving!