If you are referred to our RACC™ cardiology clinic for a cardiology consultation, then your doctor has concerns that you may have a heart problem and has decided that the best specialist qualified to assess you is a cardiologist. A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in the heart. TotalCardiology is the largest group of cardiologists in Canada and offers a truly unique and different experience, including access to highly trained, expert clinical cardiologists, and our diagnostic testing facility.
The following information will help you get better prepared for your upcoming visit at TotalCardiology.
*Please Note: If you are feeling unwell For the safety of other patients and our staff if you have the flu, fever, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or otherwise feel unwell please call us before coming in. 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 us with your appointment time and registration information for your upcoming visit prior to your appointment. In some cases we may arrange some tests before your appointment to provide the cardiologist with more information
- Print and fill in our patient questionnaire (pdf) and complete a copy of the General Questionnaire required for all new patients before the clinic appointment. Please bring the completed form to your appointment.
- Prepare and bring a detailed list of all your current medications including: any vitamins, herbal remedies and over-the-counter drugs. The list should have the name, dose and timing of your medications.
- Bring your provincial Health Care Card and Government issued photo identification (this is required for all appointments and testing). Also bring writing material if you require or need to make notes.
- Please arrange to have an English speaking translator accompany you if you require one.
- Write down your symptoms (and any 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 so please wear a shirt or blouse that enables 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.
- Need to cancel or re-book? At TotalCardiology our goal is to see each patient quickly. 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. We will be more than happy to provide another appointment for you.
The 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.
- Any tests the doctor may order – when, where and any special preparation (for any diagnostic tests: ask for a patient preparation pamphlet) .
- How to take any new medicines the doctor may prescribe for you or what medicines might have been changed.
- Any lifestyle changes the doctor recommends such as a new diet, quitting smoking, exercise program, etc.
The section below contains answers to common questions that patients have about their first visit to TotalCardiology:
What happens at the clinic during my first visit?
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 it is clinically required, further testing will be arranged in an appropriate and convenient time frame, sometimes even on the same day or shortly thereafter. We work hard to minimize risks to you by ensuring that only the most appropriate and relevant 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.
How do I find out about my test results and further plans? Will I need to return for a follow up visit?
After the Cardiologist has reviewed all your tests in the context of your clinical presentation and information 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 for further plans, treatment options, or education regarding disease prevention as required. Of course, your referring doctor and your family doctor will also be informed of the results and plans.
What if I need a longer term follow-up?
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 and you will be informed about this. This will ensure you have the best continuity of care.