What is Consultative Cardiology?
Consultative cardiology refers to the practice of cardiology that emphasizes consultation and collaboration between the cardiologist and other healthcare providers. This approach enables a more comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s cardiac health and a more effective treatment plan. During a cardiology consultation, the cardiologist will review the patient’s medical history, perform a physical exam, and order diagnostic tests as needed to assess the patient’s heart health.
Patients who have symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations should consider a cardiology consultation. Patients who have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol may also benefit from a cardiology consultation.
During a cardiology consultation, the cardiologist will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and order diagnostic tests as needed to assess your heart health. The cardiologist will also discuss your symptoms and any concerns you may have.
Diagnostic tests that may be ordered during a cardiology consultation include electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress test, or cardiac catheterization, among others.
A cardiology consultation can provide valuable information about your heart health and help you and your healthcare provider develop a personalized treatment plan to manage any existing heart conditions or prevent future heart disease.
The frequency of cardiology consultations may vary depending on your age, medical history, and risk factors for heart disease. Your healthcare provider can recommend a schedule for cardiology consultations based on your individual needs.