Family doctors are experts in general medicine, a broad specialty that includes issues related to the heart. Your family doctor can give you guidelines for keeping your heart healthy by eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, stress reduction and other strategies.
Monitoring your cholesterol levels and blood pressure and ordering blood tests when appropriate are other ways your family doctor can help you keep your heart healthy.
Your family doctor may also be able to diagnose a heart problem should one arise and refer you to a specialist, such as a cardiologist, if necessary. Family doctors and specialists often work together to meet all of their patients' healthcare needs.