Cardiologist Questions and Answers
If you are in need of a cardiologist, need more information on whether or not you need one or how a cardiology specialist can benefit you, read our Questions and Answers page! Our doctors are here to provide you with a high standard of care. Call our clinic to find out more or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Muskogee OK, Tahlequah OK, Broken Arrow OK, Bixby OK, Okmulgee OK, Jenks OK, Claremore OK, Tulsa OK, and Owasso OK.
Cardiologists are heart specialists and are experienced in diagnosing, treating, and preventing a multitudinous amount of diseases and conditions affecting the heart. While many conditions affecting the heart are often seen by a primary care physician, cardiologists are often called in to help with more progressed or serious issues. They are the top authority of any profession regarding the heart.
What does a cardiologist do?
A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the entire cardiovascular system, primarily the heart and blood vessels. Common diseases and health issues a cardiologist treats includes:
- congenital heart defects
- heart and vascular disease
- heart attacks
- heart arrhythmia
- coronary artery disease
- heart failure
A cardiologist treats patients within a hospital, university or private practice.
What are the 4 stages of heart failure?
Research has demonstrated that classifying heart failure according to how well someone functions during physical activity can be an important indicator of prognosis.
- Class I: No limitation of physical activity
- Class II: Slight limitation of physical activity
- Class III: Marked limitation of physical activity
- Class IV: Symptoms occur at rest and there is great discomfort with any physical activity
There is another classification system developed by The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). It considers people who do not yet have heart failure but are at high risk for developing it. This staging system defines four stages:
- Stage A: High risk of heart failure but no symptoms of heart failure or structural heart disease (pre-heart failure)
- Stage B: Structural heart disease but no signs or symptoms of heart failure (pre-heart failure)
- Stage C: Structural heart disease and symptoms of heart failure, such as fatigue, weakness and an inability to exercise
- Stage D: Refractory heart failure requiring specialized interventions
What are the signs of worsening heart failure?
Even if they are mild, people who experience any of the symptoms associated with heart failure should consult a doctor as soon as possible. It’s important to keep track of symptoms and report any sudden changes once a person is diagnosed.
Typical signs of heart failure include:
- Breathlessness or Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
- Chronic Cough or Wheezing
- Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat
- Lack of Appetite or Nausea
- Mental Confusion or Impaired Thinking
- Fluid Buildup and Swelling
- Rapid Weight Gain
When should I see a Cardiologist?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death across the entire world. It can be tricky to know when to see a cardiologist for people without known heart disease. Here is a list of reasons of when to call a heart specialist:
- You experience chest pain
- You have high blood pressure
- You have shortness of breath, palpitations or dizziness
- You have diabetes
- You have a history of smoking
- You have a history of high cholesterol
- You have chronic kidney disease
- You have a family history of heart disease
- You have peripheral arterial disease
- You have been inactive for a while and planning to start an exercise routine
If you or someone you know is looking for a top-rated cardiologist, come to CCOM Medical Group today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating heart conditions and can help you find good health today. For more information, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. You can also visit our website or speak with us over the phone to book an appointment today