Choosing a cardiologist isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Here’s what to consider if you believe you need to see a heart health specialist.
Whether you have a serious heart condition or are just looking to visit a cardiologist as a precautionary measure, it’s important that you find a cardiologist that’s a good fit for you. It can be nerve-wracking to talk about your heart health, and you want to know you’re in good hands.
If you’re thinking about seeking out a heart care specialist, you’re already on the right track to taking good care of your cardiac health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 25 percent of all American deaths are due to heart disease, and addressing any heart health concerns early and often is always a good idea.
If you’re ready to take this important step, here are five factors you should consider when choosing a cardiologist.
Your cardiologist’s office location is one of the first factors you should consider. While a doctor two hours away may come highly recommended, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll make the trek every time you need an appointment — and it also may not be ideal for your doctor to be so far away in the event of an emergency.
Especially if you have an existing heart condition, you should expect to see your cardiologist numerous times per year for check-ups and tests. As such, it’s wise to choose a doctor who’s located close by, while, of course, taking their other pros and cons into account.
It’s extremely important to look into your doctor’s credentials and experience. Check where they completed medical school and residency, and look into their board certifications, as well. Typically, a cardiologist will be board certified in internal medicine and at least one cardiac subspecialty.
If you have a heart condition, check that your doctor’s speciality aligns with your needs. If you don’t, ensure they have plenty of experience and are affiliated with a highly-regarded practice.
3. Insurance Coverage
You never want to be surprised by unanticipated medical expenses. Early on in your search, cross-reference your longlist of potential cardiologists with your insurance provider — this may require you to call either your provider or the doctors’ offices.
At Tri-City Cardiology, we are in network for most major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Cigna, TriCare, and Medicare. See our full list of accepted insurance plans here, or feel free to call our office at 480-835-6100 with more specific questions.
Above all, you want to find a cardiologist who puts you at ease. Your heart health can understandably be a great source of anxiety, and it’s vital that you feel comfortable going to your cardiologist with any questions or concerns throughout your heart health journey — without great communication, an important symptom may end up slipping under the radar.
For this reason, you want to choose a doctor who not only specializes in your condition and has an impressive background, but is willing to listen to you and communicate with you effectively. Depending on your particular preferences, this may mean choosing a cardiologist of your same gender, or reading patient review websites to get a sense of a doctor’s personality.
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If you’re seeking an exemplary cardiologist with a sympathetic ear and you’re based in Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, or Scottsdale, consider making an appointment with one of the doctors at Tri-City Cardiology. Our board certified cardiologists are among the best in their field, and they would be honored to join you on your heart health journey.