Cardiac Consultation

By appointment only.

A consultation is a request from your doctor for advice from a cardiac specialist regarding diagnosing and treating a particular medical problem.

Before the consultation, one of our receptionists will call you to provide you with your appointment date and time. They will also ask for a complete list of medications and your current pharmacy’s name and location.

During your consultation, you will be talking with one of our fellowship-trained cardiovascular specialists.

They will ask about your past medical history, surgical history, family history, and medications you are taking. You should have this information with you during the consultation.

Why Is a Cardiac Consultation Necessary?

  • Screening purposes/family history.
  • Prerequisite for surgery.
  • Previous heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac diseases.
  • Treatment plan (acute and chronic conditions).

Due to COVID-19, all consultations will be over the phone. Whether it is your first discussion with the cardiologist or a follow-up call to discuss test results and/or medication changes, your consultation can range from 15 to 45 minutes.

Since consultations are happening over the phone, please be available for 3 hours from the time of your scheduled appointment.

Due to the high volume of calls, emergent add-on cases, and the fluctuation in the length of individual conversations, we ask that you be patient while waiting for a call from the cardiologist.

The call will come from an “Unknown” number. Check that your phone/provider will not block the call.

Consult Preparation and FAQs

What should I bring with me?

You should be prepared with a list of current medications and your medical history, including any recent tests or procedures.

Should I bring someone with me?

If English is not your first language, please have someone with you on the call to translate to ensure you are provided with the best care possible.

How/When should I expect to hear back from the office?

During the consult, the cardiologist may discuss specific testing or blood work that he/she would like you to complete. Our office will call you within a few days of your consult to provide the necessary appointment date(s) and time(s) for testing to be done in our office, and any paperwork for other exams, medications, or blood tests needed.

If further examinations and/or testing is requested, a follow-up consult will be scheduled with the cardiologist to discuss the results and to monitor any medication changes that were made.

Who will get a copy of my report/diagnosis/scans?

The cardiologist will prepare a summary report of your consultation to send via fax to your referring physician as well as your family physician, if different. This will include information regarding the discussion, any testing ordered, and medication changes.