When Should You Call the Doctor About Heart Problems?
Part of living with heart disease is learning to recognize the signs of a problem that your doctor needs to know about. When you have heart disease, it is crucial that you work closely with your cardiologist to manage your symptoms. Acting fast when there are signs of trouble can save lives. Here are some signs that indicate you should call a cardiologist about your heart problems:
Irregular or Fast Heartbeat
Many people with heart disease have an irregular heartbeat, but if it changes, it’s important to let your doctor know. Your cardiologist should also know if you experience a rapid heart rate. If your heart rate climbs over 100 beats per minute, call your cardiologist for advice. If it exceeds 150 beats per minute, or if you have a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath, go to the emergency room.
Fatigue often goes hand-in-hand with heart disease, but extreme fatigue isn’t normal. If it becomes increasingly difficult to complete your daily activities, it’s time to discuss your fatigue with your cardiologist. You should also do so if you notice a change in your sleeping patterns, including insomnia or feeling like you need more sleep than usual to feel rested.
Dizziness or Lightheadedness
Dizziness and lightheadedness may occur in spells when you have heart disease, particularly if you overexert yourself. However, these symptoms should clear up with rest. If they are persistent or constant, call your cardiologist. Likewise, if you experience restlessness and confusion, let your cardiologist know.
If you’re ever in doubt about the symptoms you’re experiencing, call your doctor at Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix and Glendale. We’re always available to address your questions and concerns about your heart health. Contact us for an appointment at (623) 208-5305.