Chances are that you and your primary care physician have talked about your risks for heart disease, including high blood pressure or a family history of heart attack or stroke. Still, there may come a time when you should begin seeing a cardiologist for specialty care.
And since prevention is key to your best heart health, seeing a cardiologist before you have a heart attack or stroke or develop heart failure is the best strategy.
"Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in men and women in the United States. It is important to optimize your cardiovascular risk factors to decrease the likelihood of an adverse event," said cardiologist Ryan P. Daly, MD, of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians. "A cardiologist may assist you in controlling and monitoring these risk factors."
You should consider making an appointment to see a heart doctor if:
If you are concerned about your risk of heart disease, ask your primary care physician about seeing a cardiologist. You may even self-refer, if you choose, and make an appointment directly with a specialist. Find a heart doctor near you at FranciscanHealth.org/findadoctor.
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