Re: 17yo cousin leaky valve possible stroke
Most Cardiologists are good, But unless you have an urgent referral by the doctor, then you will be put in a queue.
If you go to the ER, they will run tests, CT scan, etc. They will have specialists on staff who can at least look at test results and scans and give their initial consultation opinion.
In Australia we have advertising in our media looking at Heart attack and stroke signs and to call 000, (our emergency number), right away if you think you are getting signs of heart attack or stroke.
Drop side of the face, slurred speech, that is a key sign of a stroke, confusion in speech and thinking, no energy, the list of symptoms keeps adding up.