Tips for Talking to Your Cardiologist


Coming to your appointment prepared with questions and lists of important information can mean a much more productive experience for you and your cardiologist. It can even mean a better health outcome.

“Think of your care as a partnership in which you should feel comfortable and take an active role,” advises Maan Fares, MD, a cardiologist with the Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “Be prepared with questions when you meet with them.”

Visiting a cardiologist can be stressful, especially when an individual is concerned about their health and unsure about their future. It may feel like things are out of your control, but there are some proactive steps you can take to prepare for and ensure the success of your appointment:

Prep tips: Before your appointment

Day of: What to bring

FAQ cheat sheet

The following questions may be helpful to have in your back pocket for these common appointment situations.

If you need any tests:

If you are given a diagnosis:

If a treatment is suggested:

If a medication is recommended:

Additional guides

For more appointment success tips, Dr. Fares suggests the following resources:

After your appointment

Before you leave your physician’s office, find out how often and when you will need to follow up with your doctor. Also be sure to ask what number to call if you have questions once you get home. It is perfectly acceptable and recommended that you call if questions or new issues arise.

Your doctor, the medical team and you are all partners in your care. To achieve the best outcomes, each participant needs to understand the treatment plan, follow the plan and communicate. If any questions come up, the treatments are not helping or you experience side effects, consult your care team. Not all people respond the same to a particular treatment – sometimes a care plan may need to be adjusted to reach your goals.