Heart disease affects nearly half of American adults and many of them aren’t aware they have a problem. When your primary care doctor determines you’re at risk for heart disease, they request a cardiology consultation with Dima Teitelman, MD, at New York Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Teitelman specializes in assessing your health and developing a conservative plan to prevent heart problems. And if you already have a cardiovascular condition, you can depend on receiving exceptional comprehensive care. Call the office in Forest Hills, New York, to learn more about cardiology consultations.
When your current primary care physician or medical specialist wants you to be examined by a cardiologist, they contact New York Cardiovascular Medicine and request a cardiology consultation.
During an annual exam, your primary care physician may notice that you have symptoms that suggest a heart problem. That’s when they recommend a cardiology consultation.
Or you may already have a cardiologist who diagnosed a heart condition and now wants you to get another cardiology consultation. In this case, they want a second opinion about your diagnosis and the best course of treatment.
The symptoms that may prompt the need for a cardiology consultation depend on the type of cardiovascular disease.
As a group, however, cardiovascular conditions cause symptoms such as:
If you have swelling in your legs or abdomen, it’s caused by the buildup of fluids, not inflammation.
The goal of a cardiology consultation is to identify any problems or risk factors and determine the best treatment to either prevent heart disease or treat a current heart condition.
The team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine reviews your medical history, including any reports from your existing doctors. They also perform a physical exam and thoroughly evaluate your risk factors.
You get blood drawn to check your levels of cholesterol, sugar, inflammatory markers, and other potential concerns. Your provider may also order diagnostic imaging.
They offer cardiovascular testing in the office at New York Cardiovascular Medicine. For example, you can get an electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, or stress test at the same time as your consultation.
After your test results are reviewed, your provider creates a customized lifestyle and medical plan to prevent heart and blood vessel problems. If your exam uncovers an existing condition, they develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan.
When your consultation is for a second opinion, your provider sends a detailed report to your personal doctor.
If you have questions about having a cardiology consultation, call New York Cardiovascular Medicine to learn about the process and how to schedule an appointment.