Cardiac surgeons specialize in treating heart-related disorders, including performing bypass surgery, valve repair and placement, and heart transplants.
Heart disease is America’s number one killer, but unlike many diseases, there is no particular age to begin screening for heart disease. Your primary care doctor or cardiologist might refer you to a heart specialist if you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease or symptoms that indicate it may already be present.
While our Ohio State doctors are your partners in heart health, you are your own best advocate. Learn the risk factors and how to recognize the symptoms of heart problems. If something doesn’t seem right to you, talk to your doctor and don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of Ohio State’s cardiologists today.
Common symptoms of a heart attack include:
Women can experience additional and different heart attack symptoms including:
If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Inherited or genetic risk factors you are born with can’t be changed. However, knowing your family history can help you assess your potential risk of heart disease. You can manage the risks through medical intervention and healthy lifestyle changes.
These factors increase your risk of developing heart disease:
Collecting your family’s heart history can help you determine a course of action that keeps you in good health. We offer a family reunion heart history packet that helps you collect this important information.
Call 614-293-7677 to request a heart history packet and learn more about Ohio State’s cardiovascular genetics program.
You can also check out our free online assessment tool – Family Healthlink – which allows you to enter your family medical history and determine your risk for cancer and coronary heart disease.