5 Questions To Ask A Cardiologist

How your cardiologists in Woodbridge, and Stafford, VA, can help you stay healthy

Your cardiologist is a vital part of your healthcare team, just as your heart is a vital part of you. The truth is, visiting your cardiologist regularly can help you stay healthy and live a long life.

The cardiologists at NOVA Cardiovascular Care provide a wide variety of cardiology services. They have two convenient office locations in Woodbridge, and Stafford, VA, to help you stay healthy.

When you visit your cardiologist, it’s helpful to have some questions to ask, so you take full advantage of your appointment time. These are 5 questions you might ask your cardiologist:

What can I do to protect my heart?

Your cardiologist will advise you not to smoke, because smoking reduces the oxygen to your heart and other organs. Your cardiologist will also recommend a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise.

What is a heart-healthy diet?

Your cardiologist will advise you to:

  • Eat lean meats like poultry and fish, instead of red meat
  • Drink skim milk and eat low-fat dairy products instead of full fat dairy products
  • Eat lots of green vegetables and fruits
  • Eat a high fiber diet, including seeds and nuts

How much should I exercise, and what kind of exercise should I do?

Your cardiologist may advise you to:

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Include aerobic exercises like brisk walking, running, or swimming to get your heart working

What kind of lab work and testing do I need?

Your cardiologist may advise you to:

  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly and if it is high, take blood pressure medication
  • Have your cholesterol checked regularly, and if it is elevated, take cholesterol-lowering medication

You may also benefit from an EKG, to determine heart rhythm, and ECG to determine if you have heart damage, and a cardiac stress test, to see how well your heart is working when you exercise.

What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

The main signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • A tight, squeezing feeling in your chest
  • Chest pain that radiates into your jaw, neck, or arms
  • Worsening, continuous chest pain
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular, fast pulse
  • Chest pain with breathing problems, sweating, and pale skin

These are just a few of the questions you may want to ask your cardiologist. To learn more about how your cardiologist can help you stay healthy, talk with the experts. Call the cardiologists at NOVA Cardiovascular Care. You can reach them in the Woodbridge, VA, office by calling (703) 492-6822, or in Stafford, VA, by calling (540) 628-2173. Call today.

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