If you are seeing a cardiologist, you are either a hypochondriac or you may have heart disease. Maybe you have a family history. Maybe you are overweight, a smoker, type A (stressed) personality, and you eat a high-fat diet and have a sedentary lifestyle. Well, you know the cardiologist is going to tell you there are a lot of changes you have to make if you want to live.Visit Scottsdale cardiologists for more details .
If you are a new patient to the cardiologist, there will be many tests. There will be a total blood workup, a stress test, EKG, maybe even more tests. Your doctor wants to be sure of your condition before treating you. When tests are done, and the cardiologist sits down to discuss your prognosis, it is a good idea to have written down a list of questions for the doctor. Here is a sample list of what to ask a cardiologist, because the doctor may forget to tell you these specifics:
1. Do I have any blockages, and if so, what percentages? If there are blockages in your arteries, your heart is not getting the blood flowing through it that it should. The heart must work harder to pump the blood through the partially-blocked arteries. This is called arteriosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries”. It puts you at a very high risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), and heart attack. If the blockage is minor, you may be able to correct it by increasing the good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and decreasing saturated and trans fats from your diet. However, if the blockage is major, surgery is required, either an angioplasty (a balloon instrument is inflated to stretch the artery) or installing a shunt (it remains in the artery and holds it open).
2. How does my heart condition affect other health issues (if you are, for example, diabetic)? Could there be an unfavorable interaction between my medications? Sometimes, doctors prescribe medications based on the condition you are seeing them for. Especially if another condition is being treated by a different doctor, you need to make sure the cardiologist is aware of all your medications, prescription or over-the-counter.
3. Are there activities I should avoid? Heart disease may change a lot about your usual behavior. You know what you usually do, but the doctor doesn’t. Because you know your daily activities the best, only you know what to ask a cardiologist in this area.
4. Are there certain foods I should avoid? Of course there are. But you know what foods you like, and this is the time you should find out if you have to say goodbye to your favorite food. Also, the cardiologist may be able to make recommendations for comparable substitutes.
5. Where can I find a reliable source to learn more about my condition? It is your heart… your health. Take responsibility for understanding the full implications of your condition. The cardiologist should be able to direct you to good sources for in-depth information about your condition. When the doctor directs you to a specific resource, take the time to research. When you return to the cardiologist next time, you’ll likely have another list of what to ask a cardiologist.