What do you expect from a heart
for your appointment :Some types of heart disease will be discovered without an
appointment — for example, if a child is born with a serious heart defect, it will be detected soon after birth. In other
cases, your heart disease may be diagnosed in an emergency situation, such as a
If you think you have heart disease or are worried about your heart disease risk because of your family history, see your family doctor. You may be
referred to a heart specialist (cardiologist).
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is
likely to ask you questions, such as:
did your symptoms begin?
your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
severe are your symptoms?
if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
- Do you have a family history of heart disease,
diabetes, high blood pressure or other serious illness?
What you can do in the meantime :It’s never too early to make healthy lifestyle changes,
such as quitting smoking, eating healthy foods and becoming more physically
active. These are primary lines of defense against heart disease and its