Heart disease is all too common in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, this condition is the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. Visiting a medical cardiology professional can help you determine and manage your risks so that you can reduce the chances of serious complications.
About Medical Cardiology
Medical cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the management of cardiovascular risk, as well as specific cardiac conditions, such as heart failure. Cardiac specialists working in this field use various therapeutic techniques, testing and health management options designed to ensure that patients are preventing and/or controlling cardiovascular issues. Cardiac specialists in this field can also refer patients for more expensive testing or treatment if necessary.
Cardiac specialists deal with patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, as well as with those who are already experiencing cardiac problems. For patients at risk of developing cardiac problems, services typically include:
- Dietary recommendations
- Exercise programs
- Lifestyle change recommendations
- Identification and treatment of certain sleep problems
For patients who already have cardiac problems, cardiac specialists seek to improve outcomes and limit further complications. Patients with heart failure, for example, may be treated with non-invasive measures such as External Enhanced Counter Pulsation Therapy.
When to See a Cardiac Specialist
If you believe you are already suffering from a heart condition and you have not seen a cardiac specialist, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. However, you should also schedule an appointment for a professional evaluation if you have certain risk factors for heart disease, including high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, a history of smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, poor diet, excessive use of alcohol or obesity.
Making an Appointment
If you are interested in making an appointment with an experienced cardiac specialist, please contact Tri-City Cardiology Consultants today.