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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.
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. It’s the No. 1 killer in America, and in 2015, the number of Americans dying of heart disease increased for the first time in a decade.
Cardiologists are doctors with special training and skill in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the heart. 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.
Oaklawn Medical Group’s Heart & Vascular Institute board certified physician’s have been providing expert care since 2011. We realize that each patient’s case is unique. Our cardiologists will review your medical history and determine if you need additional testing.
For more information on additional testing, please refer to the box on the right side of this page. We welcome and invite you to contact our office with questions.