MANKATO, Minn. — As people age, many start to experience more aches and pains throughout their bodies. While many symptoms can be chalked up to the natural aging process, it's important to pay special attention to the cardiovascular system.
"Heart Month is a great time of year to remind people that not all symptoms are created equal when it comes to our cardiovascular health," says Vinayak Nagaraja, M.B.B.S., interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System. "If you have any concerns about symptoms you may be experiencing, it's always a good idea to meet with your primary care provider to determine if you should be referred to a cardiologist."
So what are some warning signs for underlying problems? Symptoms that suggest you may need a referral to a cardiologist include:
•Shortness of breath.
•Swelling in your legs.
•High blood pressure.
•Abnormally fast or slow heart rate.
•Dizziness or fainting.
•Strong family history of premature heart disease or cardiac death.
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