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Your heart is amazing. It is your body’s engine room, pumping vital blood through a 60,000 mile-long network of vessels. It beats over 100,000 times a day, about 35 million times in a year. When it comes to our heart, we rely on cardiologists for their special training and skill in diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease.
Given the vital importance of your heart, it seems wise we would take great care to make sure it is healthy. Yet, heart disease poses the greatest threat to your health-even more than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. According to the American Heart Association, half of all Americans have at least one major risk factor for heart disease.
When do you need a cardiologist? Your primary care doctor may feel you need to be referred to a cardiologist for symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizzy spells or chest pain because their skills might help identify heart disease and their expertise improves patients quality of life, especially when considering decisions to be made in regards to procedures and interventions.