What to expect from your first cardiologist visit

If you have been referred to a cardiologist , you likely have many questions about what to expect during your appointment. As explained in the video, there are a multitude of reasons people may see a cardiologist, from high cholesterol to symptoms of a heart arrhythmia, and some of the parts of your appointment will depend on the reason for your appointment. Here is a closer look at some of the things that happen during most first-time cardiology visits.

Medical history review
Your cardiologist will want to review your medical history with you, particularly as it pertains to your heart health. This information can give your physician clues about the symptoms you are experiencing and what the cause may be.

You can help your appointment go smoothly by making sure you know this information:

  • Your current medications and their dosages, including over-the-counter medicines

  • Chronic health conditions for which you are being treated and when you were diagnosed

  • Your personal history of heart health issues—for instance, if you’ve had a heart attack or stroke

  • Family members who have heart disease and who have died of heart disease. It can also be helpful to know the ages at which these family members passed away.

Symptom review
Be prepared to discuss your symptoms in detail with your cardiologist. Be as thorough as possible so that your physician has all of the information necessary to make a decision about your condition.

Before your appointment, it can helpful to write out information about your symptoms, including:

  • When you experience your symptoms

  • What you are doing when they occur

  • When they started

  • How they impact your normal activities

Physical and diagnostic exam
Your cardiologist will perform a physical exam and then may perform one or more diagnostic tests. Some of the tests that he or she may use are:

  • Stress test
  • Echocardiogram
  • Imaging tests

He or she may also ask you to wear a heart monitor for a set period of time to track what your heart does throughout the course of the day.

At the West Hills Regional Heart & Vascular Institute , our cardiologists offer specialized care for a wide range of heart conditions. We provide invasive and non-invasive treatments and diagnostics in our nationally recognized department. Call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in West Hills today at (818) 676-4321 for a referral.