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Planning Your First Appointment at North Ohio Heart

October 29, 2013

If you are experiencing cardiovascular symptoms such as high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart failure, shortness of breath, dizziness or loss of consciousness, it's time to schedule an appointment with a cardiac specialist.

At North Ohio Heart, we want the time you spend with your cardiologist to be as meaningful as possible. To get the most out of your visit we suggest you plan and prepare in a variety of ways. The cardiologists at our North Ohio Heart Norwalk location discuss how to plan and what you should expect at your initial appointment.

Before Your Initial Appointment:

  • Scheduling - When scheduling an appointment, please inform the medical secretary of the nature of your problem so we can set aside the proper amount of time for your visit. We will ask that you confirm your address, phone number and insurance information at each visit.
  • Medications –Bring your medications with you, in their bottles. It is very important to provide your physician with an accurate account of what medicine you are taking.  
  • Medical History –Medical history is very important to a cardiologist as it provides a starting point during your first appointment. Your medical history should include recent diagnostic tests, lab results, chest x-rays, or EKGs and records from your referring physician. Providing this information, allows your cardiologist to see a full picture of your medical history.

During Your Initial Appointment:

  • Take Notes - Sometimes a lot of information is given during a visit and it can be difficult to remember everything said. Be prepared to take notes or bring a family member with you who will write it down for you. 
  • Ask Questions - Be prepared to answer your doctor when he asks, “Why are you here?” Start with what you think is the most important then discuss your top two or three concerns and what assistance you are seeking.

After your initial appointment, you and your cardiologist will have a plan in place for your heart health. This plan may include scheduling a follow-up test or appointment and creating a regiment for your medication if there was a change in your prescriptions.

Effective Aug. 6, 2013, NOH Norwalk physicians will be practicing at their new, convenient Norwalk location:

278 Benedict Ave.
FTMC Medical Park 3, Suite 600
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
419-660-2756
 

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