The time spent in your appointment with your cardiologist is important and you want to make sure the time is used wisely to help you get the best course of treatment for your heart. There are a few things you can do before you meet with your cardiologist to get the most out of your appointment.
A list of all of your current medications written out on a sheet with your dose and frequency of use will be a great resource for your cardiologist. A list of any medication allergies would also be useful. Having this information will help to ensure accuracy in your medical record.
Your cardiologist may need to consult with your other healthcare providers so providing the name, address, telephone number and the condition they are treating will ensure communications between your cardiologist and other healthcare providers.
Having a better understanding of your conditions ahead of time will allow you to have a more meaningful discussion with your cardiologist about your treatment options.
To reduce the amount of unnecessary tests, it would be a great help to your cardiologist if you can bring any lab results that you have to your appointment.
Bring a list of questions you have about your condition to your appointment. Try and keep the list realistic, maybe keep it to your top 3-4 concerns. Even though it may seem silly, its easy to get sidetracked or flustered in your appointment. Having a list of questions written down will help you leave your appointment with the information you want.
Putting everything above into a folder is a great idea so that you can easily access your files when needed during your appointment.
Although information systems are getting better, and communication between systems is improving, you are still the most reliable repository of your health care record. Keep all copies of your healthcare information accurate and up-to-date and bring them to your appointments.