Baylor Scott & White Denton Heart Group realizes that the most important step in your cardiac health is the introduction and consultation with your cardiologist. During your consultation, the physician will obtain important information about your heart problem. Other information will be obtained about your current symptoms or heart problems, the history of those problems, your history of other diseases, the medical history of your close relatives, and information about pertinent risk factors for heart disease including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
It is important to prepare in advance and bring with you a list of all of your medications, doses and the frequencies taken. A list of any medication allergies or intolerances is also important. If it is possible, obtaining copies of recent tests from other doctors, such as E.C.G.’s, Stress tests, X-rays, and lab work is helpful.
After obtaining your history and reviewing your health care information, the cardiologist will perform an examination and assessment of the cardiovascular system. Following this examination, the cardiologist will discuss his impression about your symptoms and talk with you about his recommendations. This may include additional testing or medications. Some of these tests may be performed in the office, but some would be scheduled at the hospital.