In a brief overview, a cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases or conditions associated with hearth and blood vessels. Generally speaking, people will be referred to a cardiologist if they have a serious heart condition that threatens their livelihood. Here are four possible common heart symptoms you should immediately visit your cardiologist over:
1. Chest pain is one of the classic symptoms of an impending heart attack. According to the CDC, approximately 720,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Of those, 515,000 people experience their first attack and the remaining have had one previously. Those numbers may shock you; however, if you experience chest pains, it’s best to visit a cardiologist who can pinpoint the issue. Heart-related chest pain stems around the left-center side of the chest and it’s described as though an elephant is sitting directly on your chest.
2. Consistent coughing can be a symptom of heart failure which could be due to fluid accumulation in the lungs. Bloody phlegm while coughing is also a further sign that an immediate visit to a cardiologist is needed.
3. Irregular or rapid pulse can be associated with heart attacks, heart failure or an arrhythmia. If it’s left untreated, it can lead to a stroke or even sudden death. Accompanying those symptoms with weakness, dizziness, or shortness of breath can provide more evidence that there is a problem with the heart’s function.
4. Shortness of breath from above can be a serious indicator by itself as a warning of heart problems. This could be a symptom of cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of an abnormal heart muscle that makes it more difficult for your heart to pump and deliver blood to the rest of your body.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms as your life could be at risk. Every 33 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease so being as proactive can save your life. Be sure to check in with your heart doctor regularly!