What kind of doctor should I see if I'm at risk for a heart attack?

Richard T. Leshner, DO
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you are at risk for a heart attack or have concerns about your heart health you should see your primary care doctor. Your primary physician is really the first line of defense in health care. Write down the kinds of things you want to ask your doctor. Your primary doctor will screen you and possibly refer you to a cardiologist.

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Your family doctor may be able to help you avoid a heart attack by doing regular checkups to assess your heart health, recommending diet and exercise strategies to keep your heart healthy, and catching and treating problems that may increase your risk for heart attack, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Doctors who specialize in family medicine typically offer a broad range of medical knowledge that includes strategies for maintaining heart health.

If you are at particularly high risk of a heart attack, your family doctor may refer you to a heart specialist called a cardiologist. Family doctors and specialists often work together to optimize their patients' healthcare

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