Wilmington Cardiologist - Cape Fear Heart Associates

FAQs


I have an appointment today. Should I follow any specific instructions for my appointment?

Please bring all medications, in their original containers, that you currently take to your appointment. Also refrain from wearing lotions or oils the day of your appointment in the event you are scheduled for diagnostic tests, as these products can hamper the attachment of equipment.

I have active chest pain. Should I make an appointment with a physician at Wilmington Cardiology?

No, if you are experiencing chest pain, please dial 911 and go immediately to the hospital. Significant delays in treatment occur when patients having a heart attack go to an outpatient facility instead of the ER. Early treatment makes a big difference when it comes to having a heart attack or stroke.

What is a nurse practitioner or physician assistant and what is his/her role in the practice?
These practitioners are licensed by the state to diagnose and treat common health problems. While your appointment may be with one of these healthcare professionals, they work in conjunction with the physician to facilitate your plan of care.

I have an appointment scheduled, but need to be seen sooner. Is this possible?

There is always someone available to see you if you are have problems or concerns. You may be scheduled with someone other than your regular physician if their schedule does not have an opening. If you believe you are having a heart attack, please call 911 and go to the closest hospital.

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram, or “echo”, is an ultrasound outline of the heart’s movement. This test allows us to evaluate the pumping action and valves of the heart and make sure your heart is working properly.

What are the risk factors of heart disease?
Risk factors include a family history of heart disease, cigarette smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and a sedentary life style.

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