Are you or a loved one concerned that you might be at risk for heart disease? Affecting over 80 million people, heart disease can often lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other serious diseases, but what are the warning signs of heart disease? Below, we outline red flags that indicate you need to see a cardiologist.

3 Ways to Know You Should Visit a Cardiologist

Family History

If heart disease, high blood pressure, or any cardiac events, including stroke or heart attacks, have occurred in your family history, you could be predisposed to the condition yourself. Schedule an appointment with Coryell Medical Clinic cardiologist, Christina Lopez, MD, to assess your risk. In addition, educate yourself on habits and lifestyle choices for heart disease prevention.

Common Symptoms

Certain symptoms can often indicate that you need to schedule a visit to your cardiologist. Chest pain, or angina, often signals a narrowing of the arteries pumping blood to your heart. Arrhythmia, or heart palpitations, can signify abnormal heart rhythms, which you should have checked. Shortness of breath can frequently mean improper functioning as well. 

A Cardiac Event

A more obvious reason to see a cardiologist would be due to a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke, which generally leads to hospitalization or surgery. Although it’s preferable to take steps to prevent this type of occurrence, they can often signify the timing to focus on your heart health. 

If you have had a heart related event, you may consider joining a cardiac rehab program. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that is designed to help you recover from an event such as a heart attack or heart surgery. Cardiac rehab can help you feel better, be more active and lower your chances of future problems, including re-hospitalization. Coryell Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation goals focus on reducing cardiac risk factor and improving daily function through customized exercise programs, education, nutritional and behavioral counseling. The cardiac rehab center is conveniently located in Gatesville, TX on Coryell Memorial campus, which offers diagnostic imaging and laboratory, as well as a state-of-the-art physical therapy center.

If you’re concerned about being at risk for heart disease, schedule an appointment with cardiologist, Dr. Christina Lopez, today. Our caring and professional staff at the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System are prepared to answer any of your health care concerns. Call us at (254) 865-2166, or visit our website for more information.