Cardiologist in St. Louis, MO
Come to Apollo Cardiology for your next cardiac-related treatment. Our cardiologist, Dr. Michael Twyman, MD, is here to help ease your cardiac concerns. Call today or schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1230, Saint Louis, MO 63117.
Cardiologists are experts of the heart and diseases and disorders effecting the heart. They can effectively treat, diagnose and help prevent cardiological disorders and often work with primary care physicians to implement heart care treatment plans.
When should you see a cardiologist?
Your primary care physician is always keeping an eye on your heart, even if you are not aware of it. This is why your primary care doctor will look for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. For heart disease that leads to clogged blood vessels and heart attacks, those are some of the biggest risk factors. Heart murmurs can indicate valve problems, so your doctor may want to listen with a stethoscope to catch them early on.
People without any of those risk factors or symptoms generally don’t need to see a cardiologist. Things get more complicated when you have symptoms, your risk factors are not well-controlled, or you’re not happy with the drugs you’ve been prescribed. That’s when your primary care doctor may find it necessary to refer you to a cardiologist for further input.
You may want to see a cardiologist if you have a strong family history of heart disease, sudden cardiac death, or high cholesterol. People who were treated for congenital heart problems or defects as children should follow-up with a cardiologist as adults.
What are cardiac warning signs?
If you are concerned about your heart health, there are things you can watch out for (and you should be, regardless of your age or health).
Shortness of Breath – This can be a strong indicator of a heart attack, especially when coupled with chest pains, increased heart rate, or torso tension.
Fatigue – One of the more subtle symptoms is unexplained or increasing fatigue and tiredness.
Dizziness, Fainting, Light-headedness – Similar to fatigue, dizziness, fainting, and light-headedness are more subtle signs of potentially dangerous heart issues.
Chest Pain – One of the more obvious warning signs of either heart failure or a heart attack.
Arrhythmia – This is often described as a fluttering of the heart or “skipping a beat”.
Digestion Issues – Changes in your digestion or appetite can be an indicator of heart failure although not every digestive problem can be attributed to a heart issue.
Weight Gain, Fluid Buildup – This can happen in different areas of the body and is a subtle, less known symptom of an underlying heart problem.
What can a cardiologist treat?
A cardiologist specializes in preventing, finding, and treating the diseases of the blood vessels and heart. These diseases are:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Arrhythmias (abnormalities of heart rhythm)
- Heart valve problems
- Infections of the heart
How do I choose a cardiologist?
Talk to your primary care physician: A primary care physician can help you stay healthy and detect diseases in their early stages when they are most treatable.
Do your research: Where you go makes all the difference in the quality of the care you receive.
Verify your insurance coverage: Call the office and speak with a billing representative, once you have researched and selected a physician.
Schedule a consultation: It’s important to find a cardiologist with whom you feel comfortable.
Be prepared for your appointment: To get the most out of the first visit with your cardiologist, be prepared.
If you or someone you know is in need of a cardiologist, come to Apollo Cardiology, where our team of kind and caring professionals can help you have a healthy heart! To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.