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Cardiology: Your First Visit

Personal attention for you and your family

doctors heartEvery doctor and staff member at The University of Kansas Health System recognizes the importance of your first heart care visit. We want your experience with us to be the best possible, from the moment you schedule your first appointment and through every step of your care and treatment.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment or get more information, please call:

  • 913-588-1227
  • Toll free 844-323-1227

When you call, please have the following available: name of and information about your health insurance provider, address and phone number of your primary care physician or the doctor who referred you.

Reminder

One or two days before your visit, our automated reminder system will call to confirm your appointment. You do not need to respond to the reminder call unless you need to change or cancel your appointment.

What to bring

Before your visit, a nurse may call you to review your health history and symptoms. The nurse will ask you to bring any prescribed medications you currently take and to have medical records of any cardiac procedures, such as testing or surgery, sent to us before your visit.

At our office

Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any additional forms we may need.

A member of your care team will weigh you and escort you to a private exam room, where you can change into a gown. We will take your blood pressure and pulse, and may also perform an electrocardiogram, also called an EKG. This is a painless, noninvasive test that is done right in our office.

A member of your care team will then review your reason for the visit, noting any symptoms you have and all medications you are taking. This information will be recorded in our electronic medical record, a secure and fully computerized way for your care team to monitor all aspects of your care.

Your cardiologist

You and your cardiologist will discuss your symptoms and concerns. After performing a physical examination, your cardiologist may recommend additional tests, treatments or a change in your medication regimen. You will discuss each recommendation and any available options.

We welcome any questions you may have about your condition and diagnosis. Your cardiologist will be happy to answer them.

If further testing is recommended, most procedures can be performed the same day of your visit or within a day or two. If we are conducting a clinical research study that may be beneficial to you, the cardiologist may ask if you want to participate.

Continuing care

After your visit, your cardiologist will communicate with your primary care physician and any other healthcare provider involved in your care. Your cardiologist or nurse will contact you about the results of any tests that we perform.