Transfer your previous medical records
Providing your previous medical records helps us become completely informed about your current health status. You can request to have your medical records sent directly to our office prior to your appointment or you can bring them with you on the day of your appointment.
We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you have time to complete any necessary patient forms.
Bring your current health insurance card and picture ID
Always bring your current health insurance card to your appointments along with a government-issued identification card such as a driver’s license. Please let the registration staff know if your insurance has changed or any personal information.
List your current medications
It is important to your care to have a list of your current prescriptions and any over-the counter-medications you are taking. Your cardiologist will review the list and make any necessary adjustments based on your current diagnosis and symptoms.
Be prepared to ask questions and voice any concerns you have. It is important to us to hear from you, and also provide you with information to help you make healthy lifestyle choices.
Cancelling or rescheduling an appointment
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact one of our offices at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Cardiovascular consultation is the first step to ensuring better health for your heart. It is usually requested by your primary care physician or another specialist seeking more information from a provider specialized in cardiovascular medicine. This consultation may be for many different reasons, such as exploring a known diagnosis, treating an unknown diagnosis with new symptoms, managing a chronic condition, for a pre-operative cardiac clearance, or for a second opinion.
During the appointment, your cardiologist will discuss your past medical history, perform a thorough physical examination, and may conduct tests to determine your heart health. The state-of-the-art evaluations provided at Heart Center of Nevada enhance treatment options and improve the quality of life for patients with heart and vascular disease. Oftentimes, your cardiologist will recommend you have testing done to further evaluate any new symptoms or further evaluate a diagnosis. Some of the cardiac diagnostic tests that are performed in our office or at the hospital include:
It is done routinely in patients who complain of chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, or shortness of breath. This non-invasive, quick, and easy test determines heart rate, irregularities in rhythm, and also identifies a heart that is enlarged or damaged. Electrodes are placed on your chest and legs which captures electrical signals of your heart and records it to paper.
It uses sound waves to create images of the heart, recorded on a computer. The images determine the size of the heart, strength of the heart muscles, presence of heart diseases, and heart valve malfunctions.
Determines the functioning of the heart under stress. You will be asked to walk on a treadmill or you will be given a medication to “stress” your heart while images are being taken of you heart. It is mainly done to detect the cause of chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, or fluttering in the chest
Diagnostic heart catheterization
It is commonly done for patients who have signs of coronary artery disease. X-ray images examine the blood vessels or chambers of the heart for plaque or other problems. A catheter (thin, flexible tube) is inserted into the blood vessels in the upper thigh and moved to the heart. A contrast dye is then injected into the blood to make the blood vessels visible.
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