San Diego Cardiac Center

  • (858) 244-6800
  • Kearny Mesa | Chula Vista

What to Expect at Your First Visit

We understand visiting a cardiologist for the first time may seem intimidating and even a little overwhelming, but detecting a problem and taking early steps to treat it greatly increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. We suggest that you make a few simple preparations beforehand so you can take full advantage of your visit.

What to Expect:

     Your first new patient cardiology appointment will generally last 45 minutes to an hour.

  • A nurse practitioner might be involved in your initial visit along with the doctor.
  • A medical assistant will log your height, weight, blood pressure, current medications and preferred pharmacy information.
  • An EKG will also be administered by a medical assistant prior to you seeing the doctor.
  • The doctor will inquire about your medical history and more specifically about any current symptoms or cardiac-related condition(s).
  • A physical examination will also be performed.
  • The doctor may recommend preventative management or diagnostic testing to collect further cardiac-related information.
  • Medications may be prescribed for you on this initial visit and/or we will provide your primary care doctor with recommendations.
  • In some cases, you may be referred to a cardiovascular surgeon or other specialist for treatment.
  • Upon completion of your appointment, you will check out with our front desk receptionist who will schedule or arrange for any follow-up appointments, if required.

What to Bring:

     Some information is key for any cardiology appointment, and you should be prepared to take notes. You may want to bring a folder with you that includes any outside records you may be requested to bring. Also, this will provide a mechanism to store any information provided to you by the doctor at your visit and any notes you may take. Information to have on hand includes: 

    • Your insurance cards and photo I.D. We’ll make a copy of your primary and, if applicable, your secondary insurance card(s) and a photo I.D. for our records.
    • Your co-payment or co-insurance. We will collect this prior to your visit, if applicable.
    • A list of your medicines, or the medications themselves. If it is convenient for you to bring all medications in a sealable bag, please do so. Be sure to include any vitamins and supplements.
    • Your questions. If you have an idea why you’re seeing a cardiologist, do some research to learn about it. Write down specific questions or concerns that you would like your doctor to address at this first visit.
  • Family members or friends are always welcome. 
We thank you for choosing us to be a member of your care team. We want you to take full advantage of your time with the doctor and develop a good personal connection. Trust is the cornerstone for any doctor-patient relationship and we strive to build and maintain that trust. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any follow-up questions or concerns.

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