A cardiology consultation involves discussing your current cardiac health and symptoms (such as chest pain or shortness of breath), understanding the risks and complications of heart conditions, and the opportunity to learn more about healthy lifestyles from our team of heart specialists at Polaris Heart Clinic in Woodbridge. This may also involve education regarding potential treatment methods or procedures as indicated based on your condition.
Patients seeking a cardiac consultation may not necessarily have a heart condition; some may seek assessment as a preventative measure due to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease with age.
What you can expect
During the cardiac consultation, your cardiologist will evaluate your past medical history, symptoms, and risk factors for developing heart disease for early detection and treatment of conditions, allowing for improved health outcomes.
Diagnostic tests that may be performed to determine if you have underlying heart disease include:
How you prepare
Your initial consultation typically involves an interview, physical examination, and other testing, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG) based on your condition.
Patients are encouraged to bring:
A List of Current Medical Conditions
A List of Current Medications
Previous Medical Testing Results
A List of Questions to Ask the Cardiologist
A List of Symptoms and When They Started
Once the results of testing are obtained, your cardiology provider will discuss the optimal treatment plan, which can include preventative measures such as lifestyle modifications (i.e. healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation), medications, cardiac rehabilitation, or further procedures such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting.