When Should You Seek Cardiology Care?

Dec 21, 2023 | Treatment | 0 comments

Every 33 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a heart attack. In most cases, people aren’t prepared for what to do when it happens. Should you rush to the emergency room every time you feel something isn’t right? Should you just rest until you feel better? Or is there a better way to understand the right signs of a genuine cardiac crisis?

In this brief overview, we’ll provide a guide to when patients should visit a cardiologist or other medical professional if they suspect heart problems. With East Adams Rural Healthcare on your side, you can rest assured that the care you need is right here in Ritzville. 

When Should Patients See a Cardiologist? 

In some cases, patients miss out on the care they need due to a lack of understanding of underlying symptoms. If you or a loved one experiences the following, it’s time to make an appointment for professional cardiology care

High Blood Pressure 

Depending on the circumstances, letting blood pressure go unchecked may lead to serious problems. Ask your healthcare provider to evaluate your condition and ask for pathways to promote your long-term health. 

Shortness of Breath 

If you notice a shortness of breath even when in a resting position, this could be tied to heart problems. If the situation escalates, call 911 for immediate assistance. 

Fainting or Dizziness 

Apart from seeing constellations in the sky, if you find yourself seeing stars in your vision or experiencing fainting spells, a professional cardiologist may be able to assist you. 

Swelling of the Legs 

Do your legs abnormally swell? It could be due to a lack of proper blood circulation. While this may occur due to a sedentary lifestyle, contact your medical provider if it happens consistently. 

Chest Pain 

People who experience chest pain that starts as pressure and then extends to other parts of the body, such as the neck, arm, or jaw, are at potential risk for a heart attack. 

In case of emergency, call 911. If you address concerns with your primary care physician, they may recommend you to a cardiologist. 

Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat

A noticeably fast or slow heart rate or palpitations (fluttering or pounding sensations in the chest) could be signs of potentially serious heart problems. Make an appointment promptly to be checked out by a cardiologist.

Changes in Exercise Tolerance

If you notice a sudden decrease in your ability to exercise without getting fatigued or experiencing chest pain, consult a cardiologist.


Pregnant women diagnosed with preeclampsia must maintain a healthy heart for their safety throughout the pregnancy. 

Other potential markers that may indicate a need for cardiology include diabetes, obesity, family history of heart problems, high cholesterol, and unexplained sweating.

Expert Cardiology Care From East Adams Rural Healthcare 

The experienced staff at EARH works to keep your heart healthy so you can live life to the fullest. From educational resources to advanced medical care, the team addresses concerns and provides the support you need when you need it.

Meet Your Cardiologist: Dr. Adam Noyes MD. FACC 

Dr. Noyes partners with the EARH team while serving as director of nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, as well as sports cardiology in Spokane. Dr. Noyes brings extensive experience and expertise to every consultation to ensure every patient receives the best care. He serves patients in our community on a regular basis.

Scheduling Your Cardiology Care 

Everyone’s health needs are different, and having medical professionals with experience and compassion for you and your loved ones makes a difference. Whether you come in for a scheduled appointment or are referred from the ER or walk-in clinic, have peace of mind that your health is the number one priority.
If you have questions about your options for cardiology care, schedule your appointment with EARH today.