Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • 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?
Dec. 04, 2014

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