What to Expect at Your Cardiac Consultation

October 24th, 2016

Setting up your first cardiology appointment is an important first step in maintaining, monitoring, and improving your cardiac health. While there are a lot of things to consider, there’s no need to be anxious.

If you’ve never had a cardiology consultation before, here’s a quick breakdown on what to expect:

Our physicians will visit with you at any of our offices or in affiliated hospitals. We first perform a cardiac evaluation and assess your risk for developing heart disease based your health history and a physical exam. From there, we typically use an ECG (electrocardiogram) to decide if you will need further testing to determine your heart's condition.

An ECG shows the heart’s activity as line tracings on paper. The test is simple, noninvasive, and painless, and consists of placing electrodes on the skin to monitor and record the electrical activity of your heart over a set period of time.

Depending on the results of your ECG, we will work to develop a treatment plan customized to you and send a full report to your referring physician.

As they say: Knowledge is power. Hopefully this recap will help calm your nerves before your consultation. If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 1-800-639-HEART.

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