Many people only seek health care when an issue presents itself. In the case of certain type of heart diseases, however, when certain risk factors can be identified, and addressed, they help prevent much more serious problems before thy occur. A preventative cardiologist can assess these risk factors, such as high blood sugar and significant cholesterol levels, and treat them to help prevent heart disease.

Individuals with a significant family history of heart disease are particularly vulnerable and are candidates for this type of specialist. This is because their genetic makeup predisposes them to a risk of heart attack even if they are otherwise healthy and manage their diet and exercise regularly. Preventive approaches can include screening them for risk factors through advanced blood testing techniques such as imaging blood vessels through a coronary artery scan. Through this and other techniques a patient’s genetic risk of developing heart disease can be determined and preventive steps taken.