Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death not only in Singapore but also worldwide for the past decade or two. One possible reason for this is due to the fact that heart disease itself is difficult to detect and diagnose. Because of this, many people with heart disease often live their lives with no knowledge of it at all and are unable to make interventions to stop or suppress the disease. A visit to a top cardiologist like Dr Devinder Singh can be a life-altering experience. It is important that heart disease is detected early intervention can prolong the lives of many people living with the disease.
If you are still undecided in seeing a cardiologist in Orchard, maybe the following reasons for seeing one can convince you otherwise:
- Your primary care doctor told you to see a cardiologist.
During a general health evaluation, your doctor may have found some possible risk factors for heart disease. Usually when this happens, your doctor may advise you to undergo some further tests to see whether or not you will need to see a cardiologist. If he or she tells you to see one, go and do it immediately. Your heart is a tireless workhorse of a muscle, and it is essential that you keep it in good health.
- You are experiencing chest pain.
Although chest pain is a symptom for a multitude of different diseases and conditions, it is also one of the most common symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Your GP may administer additional tests to determine if the pain is heart-related or not, and if it is then a visit to a cardiologist should be next in your schedule. You should also observe the pain and take note of its intensity, frequency, and location to help your cardiologist diagnose the issue and create a specialized treatment plan.
- You have hypertension (high blood pressure).
As soon as you reach adulthood, it is a good habit to regularly check your blood pressure levels. If you are constantly having high blood pressure, then it is imperative that you get it under control soon. Elevated blood pressure causes the heart to exert more energy to pump blood around your body and the risk of a heart attack or stroke becomes much higher. Hypertension is one of the biggest risk factors of both heart disease and stroke, which is why seeing a cardiologist to help keep your blood pressure in manageable levels is one of the best things you can do.
- Your family has a history of cardiovascular diseases.
If you know family members who have heart disease or ancestors who have died from a heart attack, then there is a higher risk of you having a heart disease as well. Even if you don’t have any symptoms of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, it doesn’t hurt to see a cardiologist and undergo a heart screening to check if you have or do not have heart disease. There are many cases wherein a person suffers from a heart attack even with no visible symptoms. It is much better to be safe than sorry, not only for you but for your family as well.
- You have high cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels have a significant contribution to the risk of plaque buildup in your arteries. Plaque in your arteries can restrict or even block blood flow in your arteries, lessening the amount of blood provided to your heart. This affects the performance of your cardiovascular system and increases the risk of developing a heart disease. A cardiologist can help you manage your cholesterol levels as well as prescribe you treatment plans to help keep your heart healthy.
- You have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes comes with a multitude of complications for your body, including affecting the function and performance of your blood vessels. There have also been various studies supporting the claim that diabetes and heart diseases are linked with each other. This correlation has led to many diabetic people to start taking care of their heart as well. Seeing a cardiologist will help you understand how to take care of not only your blood sugar levels but your heart as well.
- You’ve experienced dizziness, palpitations, or shortness of breath.
These three are some of the most common symptoms of arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) and coronary heart disease. Arrhythmia affects approximately one in 18 people in the world, while coronary heart disease is present in one in 15 people. Since these conditions are quite common among the general population, if ever you experience any of the three symptoms above you should see a cardiologist as soon as you can.
- You smoke a lot.
Smoking isn’t only bad for your lungs; it can also have a significant negative impact on your cardiovascular system as well. Frequent smoking has been linked to an increased risk of plaque buildup in your arteries. As stated before, plaque in your arteries can affect the blood flow through that particular artery and may restrict the amount of blood circulated in your body. A cardiologist can help you understand the negative effects of smoking and can give you advice on how to quit that habit, not just for your own good but for those around you as well.
- You don’t exercise or engage in regular physical activity.
If you are not somebody who likes to exercise, play sports or even just a simple walk around your neighborhood, then there is a bigger risk of you developing a heart problem or disease. Several studies have shown that people who do not engage in any physical activity and live a sedentary lifestyle are much more at risk of getting a heart attack in the future, as well as developing other conditions like diabetes and cancer. If you see yourself as one of these people, then it can be good for you to visit a cardiologist to get an overview on your heart’s health, as well as to help you get back to a more physical and active lifestyle.
Cadence Heart Centre – Dr Devinder Singh
Mt Elizabeth Hospital, 3 Mount Elizabeth #14-13
Mt Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510
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