By Samuel T. Rougas, M.D.

Your heart is the hardest working muscle you have. It works tirelessly to maintain the circulation of blood throughout your body. But how do you know if your heart is encountering trouble? Here are a few common signs that warrant a visit to a cardiologist.

  1. Chest Pain: One major warning sign is chest discomfort of any type. Chest discomfort is oftentimes the first and foremost symptom that our cardiologists at Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates want to know about.
  2. Fainting: The next warning sign that should prompt a cardiology visit are episodes of fainting. Unexpected fainting could be caused by a heart condition that has gone previously undetected.
  3. Shortness of Breath: Another symptom to watch out for is shortness of breath. This symptom is only concerning when it occurs independently of activity or exercise. For example, if you notice shortness of breath with minimal exertion or while lying flat, a heart examination is a good place to start.
  4. Rapid Heartbeats: Rapid heartbeats or palpitations are another warning sign that should get checked out. Symptoms of palpitations such as skipping beats, fluttering, beating too fast, or pumping harder than usual are sometimes indicative of a heart condition.
  5. Swelling: Finally, swelling of the lower extremities is another early warning sign that your heart may not be functioning properly.

If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed or have concerns about your heart health, feel free to contact Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates at 303-839-7100. You may schedule an appointment by phone, or online at No symptoms? Take our free heart health profiler to compare your actual age to your heart’s biological age, as well as calculate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease at

Dr. Rougas is a board certified physician in cardiology who currently treats patients at Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital.