If you are referred to our RACC™ cardiology clinic, your doctor would like you assessed by a cardiologist who specializes in the heart. TotalCardiology is the largest group of cardiologists in Canada and provides access to highly trained, clinical cardiologists and diagnostic testing.
The following information will help you prepare for your upcoming visit at TotalCardiology.
*Important: To help keep our patients and staff healthy, please stay home and call us if you have flu-like symptoms such as, fever, cough, diarrhea, vomiting. We will try to re-book your appointment for a more convenient time for you.
BEFORE your appointment
- You will receive a phone call and/or a letter from our clinic with your appointment time and registration information for your upcoming visit. In some cases, we may arrange tests prior to your appointment to provide the cardiologist with more information.
- Please print and fill in our patient questionnaire (pdf). A completed a copy is required for all new patients before the clinic appointment. Please bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
- Prepare and bring a detailed list of all your current medications including any vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs. The list should have the name of the medication, the dose (amount taken) and timing of your medications.
- Bring your provincial health care card and a piece of Government issued photo identification. This is required for all appointments and tests. Also bring something to take notes if you require.
- Please arrange to have an English-speaking translator accompany you if you require one.
- Write down your symptoms, including recent changes, and any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with the doctor.
- You may have an electrocardiogram (heart tracing - ECG, EKG) performed and undergo a physical examination during your appointment. Please wear a shirt or blouse that allows you to easily change into an examination gown. Avoid any lotions or perfumes.
- If you have any questions before your appointment, you can contact the clinic at (403) 571-8641.
- If you are unable to attend your appointment please contact us at least 24 hours ahead of time to cancel or re-book your appointment.
DAY OF your appointment
- Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time. There is plenty of patient parking either behind or in front of our office as well as some limited street parking near the building.
- Let one of our staff members know immediately if you don’t feel well while you are waiting to see the doctor.
- Take notes about your questions and the doctor’s plan for your care.
- We want to make sure that your check out is quick and informative. Before leaving, ask questions and ensure you understand what you are to do next.
- If the doctor has ordered any tests, ask when, where and how to prepare (ask for a patient preparation pamphlet) .
- Ask how to properly take any new medicines the doctor may prescribe for you or what medicines might have been changed.
- Ensure you understand what lifestyle changes the doctor recommends such as a new diet, quitting smoking, exercise program, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to common questions that patients have about their first visit to RACC™.
In the clinic you will see a clinic assistant or a nurse. You will be asked to change into a gown. Some basic information about you (e.g. your weight, height, waist circumference, heart rate and blood pressure) will be measured. An ECG (electrocardiogram or heart tracing) will be done. You will then be seen by a cardiologist who will talk to you about your symptoms and will examine you. Following this, if needed, further testing will be arranged in an appropriate and convenient time frame.
We work hard to minimize risks to you by ensuring that only the most appropriate heart tests are used for you and interpreted only by experts. Please note that not every patient will require the same or all tests. Although most heart tests can be done at our Cardio-Diagnostic Centre, in some instances you may require tests or procedure that are performed only at the hospital. Our cardiologists have the expertise and the access to perform these as well as clinically required. These may include heart CT, heart Catheterization, or an MRI.
After the cardiologist has reviewed all your tests, you will be informed of your results and any further plans by phone and/or letter. If necessary, you may also be asked to come back to the clinic for further discussion. At this visit, you may see the nurse and/or the cardiologist to discuss further plans, treatment options, or education regarding disease prevention as required. Your referring doctor and family doctor will also be informed of the results and plans.
If longer term or more frequent follow-up is necessary, then that will be arranged through the office of the cardiologist who saw you first. You will receive information about this. This will ensure you have the best continuity of care.