Choosing a cardiologist to help you stay heart healthy can sometimes be tough. In some cases, you’re looking for a cardiologist for the first time because you have recently begun to experience symptoms of an illness like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiomyopathy, heart disease or a stroke and want to be in a physician’s care as soon as possible. Or, you may have recently moved to an area and need to find someone to take over your treatment. Both situations may make you feel rushed into deciding or committing to the first cardiologist you find, but it’s important to take time to choose the right doctor for you and your heart.
“Having a good, open and healthy relationship with your physician improves your care and your outcome,” says Mourhaf Traboulssi, MD, of North Ohio Heart. “Studies have shown that the more you trust your doctor, the better you can convey your concerns, which, in turn, leads into an overall better healthcare experience.”
Choosing the right cardiologist is an important decision, and there are multiple things to consider. Here, the cardiologists of North Ohio Heart have compiled the three key characteristics to look for when choosing a new doctor.
What to Look for In a Cardiologist
- Trustworthiness: Do your research before committing to a new cardiologist. Ask around to friends and family or go online and read reviews. Learn what his exact skills and specialties are, and make sure he would be a good fit for you.
- Communication: Develop a rapport with your doctor, and make sure you feel comfortable asking questions about your condition and treatment. This communication is key to your cardiologist identifying what illness you have and whether or not the treatment is working. Having an avenue to express yourself is an important aspect of your health.
- Availability: Find a cardiologist who is located nearby and believes in being available to her patients outside normal business hours. Dr. Traboulssi says, “We at NOH have always focused on the patient being able to communicate with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We want our patients to feel comfortable and familiar with us. We’re always just a phone call away.”
The cardiovascular team at North Ohio Heart's Norwalk location believes in having a healthy relationship with its patients, but knows not all doctor-patient matches are perfect. In fact, at NOH you can easily switch to a new cardiologist if you aren’t hitting it off with the one you’re currently seeing. It’s that easy!
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