You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor, a general practitioner or your child's physician. You'll probably then be referred to a doctor who specializes in heart conditions (cardiologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- Write down symptoms you or your child has, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent illnesses.
- List all medications, vitamins and supplements you or your child takes.
- Write down questions to ask the doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For pulmonary valve stenosis, some basic questions include:
- What's the most likely cause of my or my child's symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What tests are needed? Do these tests require any special preparation?
- Is pulmonary valve stenosis temporary or long lasting?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What are the risks of balloon valvuloplasty or open-heart surgery?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Do I need to restrict my or my child's activity?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take? 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 a number of questions, including:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- Are your symptoms worse when you exercise or when you're lying down?
- Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
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- Pulmonary stenosis. Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. http://www.scai.org/SecondsCount/Disease/detail.aspx?cid=de7f6f7d-0cbe-4447-bb25-43d8d625e614. Accessed Oct. 11, 2014.
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