Should I schedule an appointment with a cardiologist?

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I am a 35 year old man who is fairly active and in fairly good shape. Lately I have been noticing that I am getting tired and short of breath, especially after mild exertion. I am always feeling my heart pounding inside my chest, even when I am at rest. My resting pulse always seems to be above 100bpm. I will get hot, all of the sudden, and start feeling sick and start sweating. I checked my blood pressure today and it was 154/92. I also get dizzy and lightheaded all the time. I am not sure if my symptoms are really something to worry about since I am so young or if I need to make an appointment with a cardiologist. Heart disease does run in my family though. My dad has AFIB and congestive heart failure and my grandparents on both sides had heart disease. I think my issues have been happening since I was a kid. I used to get hot and sick to my stomach all the time when I would go with my family to theme parks. I couldn't play sports because I would get tired and start getting hot and sick again. I would like to find out what is going on with my health because something definitely does not feel right. I have also developed a cough that mostly comes on whenever I am short of breath. I can't even do cardio at the gym because I get short of breath and my chest starts to hurt a little. I have also experienced pain in the center of my chest as well as in my left arm and my left lower jaw on occasion. Do I need to consider seeing a cardiologist?  I also get headaches and have increased urination.  But my blood sugar is normal.

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    I would for sure see a cardiologist. Especially since you have a family history. It's better to have peace of mind and rule out anything serious. He could give you his expert opinion and do some testing. I started seeing one at 42.

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    Make an appointment with your GP and get a referal. I had similar symptoms along with weight loss 2 years ago.. You wont be wasting anybody's time.
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    I hope you have made your appt by now. Mine started the same way and ended up being obstructive hypertrophic my apathy which put simp,y means inherited from my Mom and build up of plaque in the left ventricle. I am currently waiting to get into Toronto General for more tests and to determine what they are going to do. Generally speaking they usually remove the heart and scrape the heart and reinstall it. Not much to look forward to but without the surgery I will die 
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