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Should I see a heart doctor for my metabolic syndrome?

I have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome by my family doctor. Should I be seeing a heart doctor for this? There is heart disease in my family, my mother, her father, etc. I don't feel I am getting the best overall care that addresses all aspects of this syndrome by seeing an endocrinologist.

submitted Lisa from Arlington, Texas on 7/30/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Domingo Gonzalez, MD    

Domingo G. Gonzalez, Jr., MD It is possible that a cardiologist may be better able to identify all your risk factors for developing atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. It is also not unreasonable to think that your cardiologist would be better able to help you more aggressively control your risk factors for developing coronary artery disease.     

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Updated August 2011
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