A cardiologist consultation can be an important first step in preventing heart disease and reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
What does a cardiologist consultation involve?
A cardiologist consultation is a chance for patients to ask questions and raise concerns about their health needs. It’s also an opportunity for our cardiologists to assess your current cardiac health, identify any issues or potential problems, and recommend a protection plan to limit your risks for heart disease.
What does the cardiologist want to discuss?
During the consultation, the cardiologist will want to discuss your complete medical history. This may include:
- Any medications you take or have taken
- Your lifestyle, such as whether or not you smoke and how active you are
- Information relevant to your problem, including sports and fitness activities and what your work involves
- Any family history of cardiovascular (heart) disease
Why have a cardiologist consultation?
Cardiovascular (heart) disease affects the blood vessels of the heart and other vital organs. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries can cause further damage that can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of North Americans. In men, it outnumbers the next seven causes of death combined, and in women the next 16 causes.
People aged over 40 are at particular risk of sudden cardiac death caused by a heart attack (where a blood clot suddenly blocks your coronary artery). Heart attacks most often come without warning and without prior symptoms, and they can often be fatal.
Whether or not you have symptoms, common risk factors for cardiovascular disease include:
- High blood cholesterol and lipids
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
By modifying your risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes, you can slow the progress of a cardiovascular disease and maintain good cardiac health. A cardiologist consultation is the first step in doing this.
Cardiologist consultation outcomes
The cardiologist can assess your heart health and recommend next steps, which may include a particular course of treatment.
Preparing for a cardiologist consultation
Before the consultation, we recommend that you gather together the information the cardiologist might need, think about what you want to get out of the consultation, and prepare any questions.
The specialist will want to collect basic personal information, including name, age, and health care number, as well as the name of your family doctor if you have one, or any other health professionals you are working with.
Get a cardiologist consultation with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for cardiologist consultations. Our cardiologists have years of experience and excellence in heart health and treatment. They are committed to helping you to understand your options and advising you on the best course of treatment. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your Cardiologist Consultation today
If you are ready to discuss your needs with our cardiologists, contact us to learn more and request a cardiologist consultation today.