Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You or your child might be referred to a doctor trained in heart conditions (cardiologist).

What you can do

  • Write down symptoms you or your child experiences, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment.
  • Make a list of all your medications, vitamins and supplements.
  • Write down key medical information, including other conditions.
  • Write down key personal information, including any recent changes or stressors in your life.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.
  • Find out if your family has a history of heart disease.

Questions to ask your doctor

Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor, and ensure that you cover all of the points that are important to you. For atrioventricular canal defect, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms or my baby's symptoms?
  • What tests are needed? Is there any special preparation for them?
  • What kind of treatment do you recommend?
  • How can we manage other health problems together with atrioventricular canal defect?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may leave time to go over points you want to spend more time on. You may be asked questions such as:

  • When did you first notice symptoms? Are they continuous or occasional?
  • Does anything seem to improve or worsen these symptoms?
  • Is there a family history of congenital heart disease?
  • Did you have diabetes or a viral infection, such as measles, during your pregnancy?
  • Were any medications taken during pregnancy?
  • Was there tobacco or alcohol use during pregnancy?
Aug. 14, 2015