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When should you refer to cardiologist?

When should you refer to cardiologist?

In the presence of underlying cardiac disease, significant symptoms, abnormal ECG, or ongoing palpitations, refer to cardiologist.

Can I self refer to a cardiologist?

If you are concerned about your risk of heart disease, ask your primary care physician about seeing a cardiologist. You may even self-refer, if you choose, and make an appointment directly with a specialist.

Who treats cardiologists?

A cardiologist diagnoses and treats problems of the heart and blood vessels. These include: Heart attack. Heart failure.

Does it cost GPs to refer?

The payment GPs receive is not affected directly by referrals or prescribing – the costs for this are in a separate budget. If your GP decides to prescribe an expensive medicine for you they are not paying for it themselves.

What is a cardiology referral?

Major risk factors for heart disease, such as one or more immediate family members being affected as well as high blood pressure or cholesterol readings, may prompt your primary physician to refer you to a cardiologist. 2 This referral may result in either a one-time visit or ongoing care, depending on the results.

What can a cardiologist diagnose?

Cardiology is the study and treatment of disorders of the heart and the blood vessels….Heart diseases that a cardiologist can help with include:

  • atherosclerosis.
  • atrial fibrillation.
  • arrhythmias.
  • congenital heart disease.
  • coronary heart disease.
  • congestive heart disease.
  • high blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • hypertension.

Who should see a cardiologist?

You have shortness of breath, palpitations or dizziness. A cardiologist can determine if a heart condition is the cause. These symptoms may be a sign of abnormal heart rhythm or coronary artery disease. You have diabetes.

What can cardiologist diagnose?

Can I ask my GP to refer me to a specialist?

You’re entitled to ask for a referral for specialist treatment on the NHS. If you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, they’ll probably suggest that you first try various tests or treatment options to see whether your condition improves.

Do you need a referral to see a specialist?

A specialist is a medical doctor who is an expert in a specific area of medicine. To see a specialist, you will need to get a letter of referral from your local doctor first. Specialists work in clinics, and in both private and public hospitals.

What will a cardiologist do on your first visit?

Your cardiac nurse or cardiologist will check your vital signs and perform a physical exam. They may also order a number of tests and diagnostic procedures, depending on your symptoms, risk factors and health history.