We know when you have an appointment with your cardiologist, there can be a lot to keep in mind. To help your appointment go as smoothly as possible, we have created a list to help you prepare for your appointment.
- Make sure to always bring your health card to all of your appointments.
- Bring a list of all your current medications (including name, dose, and frequency) with you to your appointment. This information is very important for your cardiologist and can ensure accuracy in your medical record. Also write down any medications that you are allergic to. Make sure to include over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and inhalers.
- If you know you will be admitted to hospital following your appointment, bring a robe and supportive footwear plus non-scented toiletries.
- Write down your family health history. This should include any health issues for close relatives such as parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and children. We want to know if any of any members of your family have been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or an aneurysm. A family history, including the cause of death for relatives, can provide clues as to what illnesses/conditions you may be at risk for developing.
- If you have them, bring in copies of any recent lab results and any other test results from the past year. This will help avoid any unnecessary extra tests.
- Write down a list of the questions you have and bring it with you to your appointment. Focus on the top three or four questions you would like to have addressed during your visit. Even though this might seem silly, it is easy to get sidetracked during a medical appointment.
- To help keep yourself organized. Consider putting all this information into a folder so it’s easy to access during your visit.
Where do I go when I arrive?
All adult and pediatric echocardiograms (standard, transesophageal, dobutamine, stress), bike stress testing and device appointments are held on the third floor of KGH's Armstrong wing. You can contact the clinic by phoning 613-549-6666 extension 3980. For a map of KGH, please click here.
Outpatient cardiac clinics are located at Hotel Dieu Hospital site in the Brock 1 clinic. The Caridac Rehabilitation Center can also be found at Hotel Dieu in Johnson 1. For a map of HDH, click here.
When will my appointment take place?
You will receive a letter in the mail confirming the date, time and location of your appointment. A volunteer will also call you at home about a week before to remind you of your appointment. If you are not home when we call and we have left a message for you, please call us back to confirm your time.
Preparing to leave
When the time comes for you to leave the hospital, we want to make sure you are as comfortable and prepared as possible. This is why every unit at the hospital will provide you with a discharge pamphlet with post-procedure information and a nurse will review this information with you.
Depending on the reason for your appointment, (i.e. you've just undergone a procedure, or inpatient stay) we suggest you arrange for a ride home ahead of time. If you were an inpatient, you can generally expect to leave the hospital at 11:00 a.m. on your discharge date.
You may be referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program or another outpatient service depending on your condition and the type of follow up care you require. We will also give you follow up instructions before you leave the hospital. If you have questions, please ask any member of your care team. For more information on who will be on your care team, click here.