Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

4 Important Reasons to See a Cardiologist

 4 Important Reasons to See a Cardiologist

We get it: Life is busy! Between family, work, and social responsibilities, it can be easy for routine health care to fall through the cracks. It can be difficult enough to find time for annual physical exams, let alone time for specialty care, such as cardiology appointments.

But the truth is that people of all ages can benefit from regular heart care. February is American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to schedule that appointment, and we’re here to make it more convenient for you.

Our team at CHW Cares is dedicated to providing quality cardiology care. We develop personalized care plans for our patients, from diagnostics to chronic condition management.

We believe that a healthy heart is one of your greatest assets, and you shouldn’t wait until you suffer a heart attack or other cardiac event before you see a cardiologist. If you’re still not sure whether you really need to schedule a cardiology appointment, you should consider these four reasons.

1. 47% of American adults have high blood pressure

Nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other heart conditions.

Blood pressure is the force that blood puts on the walls of your arteries. Your blood pressure naturally fluctuates, but when it’s too high for too long, it can damage your arteries and your heart.

Over time, that damage can make arteries harden and develop atherosclerosis. Because high blood pressure doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms, you could have it without even knowing it.

2. 38% of American adults have high cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance that’s naturally found in your blood. Your body needs it to function properly, but too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries and lead to conditions like heart disease and stroke.

An estimated 38% of American adults are living with high cholesterol. That means there’s too much cholesterol in their blood, and it’s narrowing their arteries and making their hearts work harder. Just like high blood pressure, high cholesterol doesn’t have obvious symptoms.

3. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States

Heart disease is a term that’s used to describe a group of serious heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, and the two conditions we mentioned earlier, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It’s responsible for one in four deaths, and it affects people of all genders, races, and ethnicities.

4. Many heart issues don’t have obvious warning signs

It’s clear that many Americans are affected by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. But if you’re feeling healthy, you might think you don’t really need to visit the cardiologist. 

The biggest reason to see a cardiologist is that these conditions don’t have early warning signs. That means you could have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or another serious health issue without knowing it.

The good news? Most common heart conditions are manageable with proper care. Regular appointments with a cardiologist can help you learn more about your heart health, and identifying conditions early may make your treatment more effective. 

Our team at CHW Cares specializes in comprehensive heart care. We offer physical exams and diagnostic testing, including echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and exercise tests. If everything looks good, you can have peace of mind that you’re healthy, and if we find something, we can recommend an effective course of treatment.

To learn more about getting cardiology care, call 212-740-2020 or book an appointment online with CHW Cares today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Common Vision Problems Facing Seniors

You may not be surprised to find that as you get older, your chances of developing problems with your vision rise. However, most common vision disorders in seniors are treatable, reducing the progression of vision deterioration.

Tips for Managing Spring Allergies

Do you suffer from spring allergies? If you do, there’s hope. There are strategies you can employ — such as allergy testing — which can help you live well during this time of the year. Read on to learn more.

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Good

Varicose veins can make you think twice about showing off your legs. In some cases, they are also a serious health concern. Read on to learn about varicose veins and our many options for getting rid of them.