Most people understand that if you live a healthy life, if you have a healthy diet, and if you exercise, you are going a long way in reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. That being said, cardiovascular disease is still the primary cause of death not only in the United States, but around the world. This shows how important it is for people to take their cardiovascular well-being seriously. In addition to doing things like exercising and dieting, a person should schedule regular visits with our cardiologist. It doesn’t matter how old you are, and it doesn’t matter if you currently are not experiencing any cardiovascular issues.
You should definitely visit our cardiologist if your primary care doctor recommends that you do. If they give you this recommendation, it’s because they detected something that requires immediate care. Even if you have not been referred to a cardiologist by your primary care doctor, but you are feeling pain around your chest, it is a good idea to take the step of visiting our office. It is true that there are a lot of infirmities that mimic heart pain. You may experience pain in your chest, and it may simply be indigestion. However, you should not try to determine the cause of your chest pain yourself. Our cardiologist is the best person to determine whether your heart issues are serious or if they are not that serious.
It is especially important for you to visit our office if you have a family history of heart problems. You may be predisposed to heart issues. You may be battling with a heart issue that you don’t know about, and it may only rear its ugly head when it is too late to do anything about it. If your primary care doctor tells you that you have high cholesterol, that you have high blood pressure, or if they are concerned about the effect that smoking is having on your heart, take these concerns seriously and see our cardiologist.
When it comes to dealing with something as important as your heart, you want to find a doctor who is board-certified. When a doctor becomes board-certified, they are basically voluntarily deciding that they are going to use their energy and resources to continue their education. They are going above and beyond the licensing requirements of their state. They are committing themselves to getting continual education, being constantly monitored and evaluated by their peers, and keeping up-to-date with the latest in cardiovascular care technology.
Research has shown that a board-certified physician will be able to provide their patient with tangible benefits and better clinical outcomes as opposed to doctors who are not board-certified. The more certifications a cardiologist has, the better care they will be able to provide you. As such, you should be pleased to know that Dr. Hoffman at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida has five board certifications! You can be sure you are getting the best care possible at our office in Fort Myers. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!