Your heart is your life engine!
This muscular pump allows blood circulation throughout the whole body. The coronary arteries supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. Its electrical system is autonomous and beats every second of your life. Four heart valves direct the blood flow in the right direction.
When should you see a cardiologist?
Each component of your heart can fail, leading to various symptoms and heart diseases.
- Breathing difficulties, reduction in exercise tolerance can be caused by heart muscle failure (cardiomyopathy, myocarditis);
- Chest pain can reveal coronary artery disease (angina, heart attack);
- Palpitations, dizzy spells, faintness, blackouts can be the signs of an electrical problem (arrhythmia, tachycardia, bradycardia, heart block);
- A heart murmur can unmask a heart valve disease (valve stenosis or regurgitation);
- High blood pressure seldom causes symptoms, but can damage your heart, arteries and other vital organs.
All these symptoms are frequent, especially under stress, and do not always mean that your heart is unwell. Your cardiologist will conduct the appropriate investigations to make the right diagnosis.