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Signs You Need To See A Cardiologist

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Indications That It’s Time To Consult A Cardiologist

When you fall ill, the first step is to visit a general physician and get a quick treatment regime (medication, food supplements, etc) to get back in good shape. However, certain health conditions like those that may indicate a serious disorder of vital organs like the heart need the attention of a specialist. Most people tend to ignore simple signs like chest pain and end up delaying a visit to a heart specialist. So it is essential to know some common signs you need to see a cardiologist.

But whenever you visit a heart specialist the doctor must be experienced and the Advanced Medical Group promises that the most reputable and experienced heart specialists are on board.

10 Signs It’s Time To See A Cardiologist 

Chest Pain

Sudden chest pain which some people may experience as acute pressure in the chest area is a cause of concern and one of the signs to see a cardiologist. Chest pain implies heart problems but in rare cases gastric problems may also cause pain or a feeling of pressure in the chest.

Also, if the pain increases when one performs any activity it is bad and implies that one might have to make an urgent visit to the hospital. In other words chest pain shows that the heart has to work way too hard to perform its regular function (pumping oxygenated blood).

Consistent High Blood Pressure

When a person measures your blood pressure he gives two values for the systolic and diastolic pressure. For a healthy middle aged individual the normal values for blood pressure is 120/80. With age both the systolic and diastolic pressure increases but if things go out of hand then these are signs to see a cardiologist.

High blood pressure means that the heart has to work very hard to perform its regular function (pumping blood) so this extra pressure on a vital organ is a cause of concern.

Shortness Of Breath or Thumping In The Chest

Shortness of breath or sudden thumping in the chest may be a sign of an abnormal beat or some disease of the arteries. At times sudden chest thumping may be related to the normal age-related changes in the body. For instance, women who are older than forty or forty-five years of age often experience sudden chest thumping as the estrogen levels in their bodies go down. But whether these chest thumping or shortness of breath is a result of a heart condition or any other health condition needs thorough examination by the best cardiologists.

Suffering From Comorbid Conditions

If the glucose concentration is high in the blood it means that the blood-pumping organ of one’s body has to work quite hard to perform its task. So, if you are suffering from chronic diseases that put pressure on the blood-pumping organ of your body, you may need heart treatment.

Signs You Need To See A Cardiologist

Suffering From Some Problem With The Blood Vessels

If you are suffering from any condition of the blood vessels be it of the one that carries blood all the way up to the brain or of some blood vessel that carries blood to the limbs it is likely that you may have some problem with the heart. So, having some problem with any major blood vessel in the body these are signs you need to see a cardiologist.

Suffering From Accumulation Of Fatty Acids

If the bloodwork shows that the fatty acids in the blood are high it may be a sign to get yourself checked by a specialist doctor. Fat droplets that get accumulated on the walls of the blood vessels.

Accumulation of fatty droplets causes the space in the blood vessels to be thinner than what it should be normally. This makes the pumping organ of the body work harder to pump blood to different parts of the body. A specialist doctor may suggest changes in diet plans or may even prescribe some pills to keep the fat levels under control.

Problem In Valves

The blood pumping organ of the body has stopcocks that regulate the flow of blood. If there are problems with these stopcocks then people might see signs like swelling in the extremities and difficulty while exercising.

When You Suffer From A Kidney Problem

Having a kidney that does not work optimally makes life tough. People who suffer from such conditions are often put on a restricted diet (low protein diet), and at times they may have to undergo surgeries. But having a problem with the kidneys also puts pressure on other vital organs of the body, especially the one that pumps blood.

Prolonged Gum Disease

Studies suggest long-term gum disease may cause germs to travel all the way to the blood pumping organ of the body and cause trouble.

Suffer From Diabetes

Living with diabetes involves managing blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and medication. It requires regular monitoring to prevent complications like heart disease.

Listen To your Heart

From the above discussion it is quite clear that all the organs of the body are closely connected to each other. So if a person is witnessing some signs like sudden pain in the chest or inability to perform regular activities due to shortness of breath they must visit a good doctor and get sound advice before it is too late.

Also, if someone has a family history of heart failures or if they have high blood sugar levels then too they must consult a good doctor. Finally, if a person has high levels of fatty acids in their blood, they need to be careful. One must seek recommendations from old friends or colleagues who have had an emergency situation in the past.

Also it is vital that one must visit a cardiology doctor with a proven track record of treating patients well and getting them back in shape. If one needs any surgery then the surgeon must have expertise as a surgeon and a good reputation for reducing the post operative recovery time.

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Fatima Shaik is a board certified internist and cardiologist. She specializes in general cardiology and heart rhythm disorders. She cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City and North Bergen. She also performs procedures at Jersey City Medical Center.

She completed her undergraduate education at NYU and received her MD degree for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her cardiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Queens. She went on for advanced training in electrophysiology at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.
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As a Hispanic, he proudly serves his community with passion and devotion. Being able to communicate fluently with his patients allows him the opportunity to provide excellent medical care to the Hispanic community in Union City and Jersey City. Also, sharing the same language, culture, and values as his patients allows him to connect at a personal level with his patients. Enrique continues to develop his knowledge and skills constantly to continue satisfying the needs of his patients.

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Prior to joining Advanced Medical Group, Samaniego studied public healthcare in Zambia and assisted in providing care to the local community. He has also presented research at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Samaniego achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered with Troop 454 for scouts with special needs and the Freehold Public Library. In his free time, Samaniego volunteers with his local church community service and youth programs.

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As an established board-certified internist and cardiologist, Merwin Richard, MD, has a reputation for helping patients with the most complex of health conditions. He cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in West New York, Jersey City, and Union City, New Jersey.

Richard began his undergraduate education in medicine at Stanley Medical College in India. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University before relocating to New York City.

After completing both his internship and internal medicine residency through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Richard went through advanced fellowship training. He completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, then went on to finish a second fellowship in interventional cardiology through Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn).


Throughout his career, Richard has stayed involved in numerous research projects and previously served as a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). Richard went on to become the director of the first cardiac catheterization and interventional laboratory in Jersey City and has extensive training in vein treatments.

To ensure he continues staying up to date with the latest research and techniques, Richard maintains his board memberships. He’s board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Being fluent in English,  Spanish, and Tamil gives Richard the opportunity to communicate with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Richard is currently accepting new patients.