Looking for a cardiologist in San Diego?
Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has a comprehensive list of physicians specializing in all aspects of cardiovascular health. Cardiology is the study of the heart and its functions in health and disease. Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions associated with the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists may further specialize in cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac electrophysiology, or interventional cardiology.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year. This equates to approximately 1 out of every 4 deaths. Common heart health problems include coronary heart disease, abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia), and aorta / aortic valve problems. The highest risk factors contributing to heart disease include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking. According to the CDC, an astounding 49% of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors.
When should you see a cardiologist? Your primary care physician may refer you to see a cardiologist if you’re experiencing symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pains, high blood pressure, or dizziness. On your first visit to a cardiology office, the doctor will probably perform a general evaluation of your symptoms and overall health, learn about your family history, and measure your weight. Depending on your condition, a cardiologist may also order additional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, blood tests, or an echocardiogram.