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Sands-Constellation Heart Institute


Cardiology - What to Expect

The days leading up to an appointment or procedure at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute can feel overwhelming – many important details contribute to a successful experience. Please review the tips below before coming to the hospital or cardiology office.

Preparing for a cardiology appointment

On your first visit to one of our cardiologists, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Your heart doctor will take a detailed history of your symptoms, perform a thorough examination of your heart and vascular system, and ask you about any risk factors that may contribute to your overall heart health.

Please bring the following items to your first appointment with a member of our Cardiology team:

  • Medical record details (labs, test results, x-rays, etc.) from other facilities
  • A list (or the actual bottles) of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you currently use
  • Your insurance card, and any required forms such as a referral from your primary care physician or a completed authorization from your insurance company
  • The names and addresses of your physicians
  • Please do not bring valuables, money or jewelry.

Preparing for cardiac catheterization or an electrophysiology procedure

The following tips will help your catheterization appointment go as smoothly as possible:

  • Before going to the hospital, please arrange to be picked up and brought home by a responsible adult – you should plan not to drive for 24 hours following the procedure
  • Bring a list of all medications currently being used, both prescribed and over-the-counter
  • Be sure to have your insurance card and any required forms such as a referral from your primary care physician or a completed authorization from your insurance company
  • Because there is always the potential for admission, please pack an overnight bag for your appointment
  • Inform our staff if you have any advanced directives (such as a living will, healthcare surrogate or medical power of attorney), and have those forms with you when you arrive
  • Have your emergency contact information up to date and ready when you arrive at the hospital
  • A list of past cardiac surgeries or procedures, including dates and where they were done
  • Do not bring valuables, money or jewelry

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