Whether you start by seeing your primary care provider or get emergency care, you'll likely be referred to a doctor trained in heart conditions (cardiologist) for a diagnostic assessment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including those that seem unrelated to your heart, and when they began
- Key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes and your and your family medical history
- Medications, including vitamins and other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
If possible, take along a family member or friend to help you keep track of the information you receive.
For bradycardia, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my slow heart rate?
- What tests do I need?
- What's the most appropriate treatment?
- What risks does my heart condition create?
- How will we monitor my heart?
- How often will I need follow-up appointments?
- How will other conditions I have or medications I take affect my heart problem?
- Do I need to restrict my activities?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
- Have you had fainting spells?
- Does anything, such as exercise, worsen your symptoms?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you being treated for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other conditions that can affect your heart?
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