When should I see a Cardiologist?
If your general medical doctor feels that you might have a significant heart or related condition, he or she will often call on a cardiologist for help. Symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pains, or dizzy spells often require special testing. Sometimes heart murmurs or ECG changes need the evaluation of a cardiologist. Cardiologists help victims of heart disease return to a full and useful life and also counsel patients about the risks and prevention of heart disease. Most importantly, cardiologists are involved in the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, and serious heart rhythm disturbances. Their skills and training are required whenever decisions are made about procedures such as cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, or heart surgery.
Upon your initial visit with our physician, you may be asked to have the following cardiovascular tests performed:
- Exercise Echocardiogram Test (Stress Echo)
- Exercise Stress Test
- Exercise Thallium
- Holter Monitoring
- Nuclear Stress Test
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)