If your regular physician has referred to you a cardiologist or you are seeking specialized cardio care on your own, the first visit will generally include a cardiac consultation. This initial appointment is to help your cardiologist learn more about you, your lifestyle, medical issues and family history. Cardio health is impacted by many different factors, which is why a thorough evaluation is needed to determine the best treatment options for your needs. To prepare for your cardiac consultation, here are some tips to get you ready for your visit.
Your cardiologist will need to know your medical history to create a treatment plan. You should contact your doctor and any other treatment centers you have went to in recent years to obtain your medical records to give to your cardiologist. Often, they can send them directly to the cardiologist clinic, but in some cases, you may need to get them yourself.
You should know your family’s medical history, especially concerning heart health. Be prepared to discuss any cardio issues that have occurred in your immediate family, grandparents, aunts, uncles or even cousins.
Lifestyle and Health
Your cardiologist will want to know about your health and lifestyle, both currently and in the past. Be prepared to answer some personal questions about your lifestyle – these can be factors in your cardio health.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
During your cardiac consultation, you may be undergoing different tests. Wear comfortable, loose clothing as you may need to take a stress test or have a EKG performed, as well as blood tests and other evaluations.
A cardiac consultation is the first step to improving your heart health. Make sure you are prepared to give your specialist all the information they will need to create the best treatment plan to protect your heart and overall health.
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