How do you know if you need to see a cardiologist?

  1. You experience chest pain.
  2. You have high blood pressure.
  3. You have shortness of breath, palpitations or dizziness.
  4. You have diabetes.
  5. You have a history of smoking.
  6. You have a history of high cholesterol.
  7. You have chronic kidney disease.
  8. You have a family history of heart disease.

What does an echocardiogram show that an ECG does not?

Although they both monitor the heart, EKGs and echocardiograms are two different tests. An EKG looks for abnormalities in the heart's electrical impulses using electrodes. An echocardiogram looks for irregularities in the heart's structure using an ultrasound.

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