Cardiology

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.

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What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease, including heart attack, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, and congenital heart disease, is the primary cause of death in the U.S.

What are some of the major risk factors for heart disease?

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes / prediabetes
  • Heredity
  • Age (55 or older for women)
  • Being overweight
  • Being inactive
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Nutrition & Lifestyle

Studies have linked poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and unmanaged stress as a few of the preventable contributors to heart health issues.

Make sure you’re making the best nutrition and lifestyle choices for a healthy heart.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Have a balanced diet
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What is Stroke?

Stroke may be caused by a blood clot forming and preventing crucial blood flow, a blood clot traveling to the brain, or by bleeding in or around the brain.

Do you know the basic facts about stroke? Stroke symptoms are SUDDEN cases of:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially one side)
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble with balance or coordination
  • Severe headache
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Doctors who can help

 

Thomas R. Young, MD

Cardiology

 

Kandan Baban, DO

Cardiology

 

Eric A. Hong, MD

Cardiology

 

David N. Cohen, MD

Cardiology

 

Shahin Keramati, MD

Cardiology

 

Brett J. Berman, MD

Cardiology