Originally Posted by Anxiety-stinks
Hello.I am going to the cardiologist later today and I am scared.Just wondering if anyone can give me an idea of what to expect on my first visit.I have anxiety/chest pains.My doctor wants to rule out heart problems.Please help if you can.
The usual protocol after the preliminary stethoscope procedure (listen for any abnormal sounds as the blood flows through the heart...sensitive to valve issues). After an interview, then if necessary there will be an EKG to help identify any irregularities in heart size, heart muscle damage, or ischemia (lack of blood flow to the heart that can cause chest pain). May take some x-rays. May have to be scheduled for the tests and x-rays?
The EKG is non-invasive test. Electrodes are placed on you chest (no pain or discomfort). The test lasts about 30 minutes. If the EKG shows some abnormality, further tests may be scheduled such as ultra sound (echo) to get a visual view of your chamber size, heart wall motion, wall thickness, and blood flow through your valves.
If ischemia is suspected for your chest pain, then there will be a stress test. There is a dye like substance injected into blood stream, and with exertion such as treadmil, there will be images of the dye passing and moving into the vessels. Blockage will be obvious. Takes about an hour.