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The 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.


Preparation:

  • Contact your family physician about any records that you may need to bring with you
  • Bring current insurance cards with you, including Medicare and Medicaid information
  • Be prepared to pay any co-pay or deductible payment as required by your insurance plan
  • Be prepared to complete a patient information sheet, sign a privacy notice acknowledgment and complete a personal and family health history before you are seen.
  • Bring an updated list of your medications, dosage and the frequency taken and a list of any medication or other allergies that may affect your medical care

During your visit:

  • An Electrocardiogram (E.C.G.) may be done before your appointment if you have not had one within the last few weeks.
  • A nurse or medical assistant will call you from the waiting area, weigh you, and record your blood pressure and heart rate (pulse). They will then escort you to the examination room
  • In the examination room, the nurse will ask you for a few brief questions about the reason for your visit or about any symptoms that you have listed on the patient history form and they will ask you about any drug or other allergies or intolerances and ask for your list of current medications, dosages and the freq​uency taken
  • In some instances, you will be asked to remove clothing from the waist up and to put on an examination gown. The nurse will step out of the room at this time.
  • After a period of time, the provider will enter the examination room. They will ask you for a verbal history of many of the things that you have already written down. They do this because many patients describe symptoms differently when talking than they do in writing, and this can provide them with a clearer idea of what you are experiencing.
  • After listening to your history, the provider will begin an examination of the cardiac and vascular system, as well as some other body systems.
  • At the end of the examination, the provider will generally tell you his opinion of what medical issues need to be further investigated, or his opinion of what is wrong. If he wants to order further testing, that will usually be done on another date. If he wants to begin you on a medication, he will give you directions, samples (if available) and any instructions about any tests or lab work that need to be done in relationship with taking the medication.
  • After he leaves the examination room, he may give the nurse additional instructions about your care. If so, she will speak with you about them. It may be necessary for her to call you on the following day to complete the instructions.

After your visit:

  • A follow-up appointment, if needed, will usually be scheduled for you when you check out at the cashier window, although it may not be scheduled until after some other testing is completed.
  • Any tests ordered by the physician will also be scheduled at check out. Special instructions for testing will either be given to you by the nurse, or at the cashier window.
  • You will be asked to pay your co-payment or deductible amount as required by your insurance company, or you may need to make payment arrangements with one of our financial counselors.