Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring for my first appointment?

What if I do not have my medical records?

If you do not have some of this information and need to have any diagnostic testing performed, our clinic will help you set up appointments for the testing.

How long does a typical first appointment take?

Your first appointment typically takes one hour or longer. During this appointment, you will meet our heart failure team, including a heart failure physician and nurse. We will review your medical history and any of the tests that have been sent with you. During the visit, you will receive education about your condition, recommendations about changes to your diet, and may have medications adjusted and other tests ordered.

What tests can I expect to be done at my first visit and at future visits?

At the first visit, we usually obtain an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to measure your heart and valve function. We also obtain an electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess the rhythm of your heart. If you have a defibrillator or pacemaker, we may interrogate your device to make sure it is working appropriately. We may ask you to have blood drawn at our laboratory to check your kidney and liver function.

At future visits, depending on the severity of your condition, a number of diagnostic tests may be performed. These may include exercise stress testing (VO2 max testing), cardiac catheterization, or even genetic testing. Please see our related services for descriptions of some of the tests we perform routinely.

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