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How can I talk to a doctor in real-time with HealthTap Prime?

How can I talk to a doctor in real-time with HealthTap Prime?

Signing up for PRIME: HealthTap PRIME doctors see you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. When asking your question on HealthTap, just click on the icon for a Live Consultation to link to PRIME. The sign-up screen will appear. The PRIME doctor can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can also send images in the middle of a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be reached from anywhere in the world. ...Read more

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Can I get a second opinion for my health problem in HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a second opinion for my health problem in HealthTap Prime?

Sure.: You can consult with any of our doctors, go over symptoms, upload test results - whatever. ...Read more

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Can doctors give me a prescription in HealthTap Prime?

Some.: A doctor licensed in your state can prescribe you medications, at their discretion of course. But we cannot prescribe controlled substances under any circumstances. ...Read more

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Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Sure: A patient on PRIME can get a referral to a particular doctor or a particular specialty, which means the PRIME doctor recommends that the patient go get evaluated by a certain doctor or specialty. Because PRIME is outside the commercial insurance system, there are no phone calls, faxes, or paperwork when the PRIME doctor refers a patient (insurers might treat a PRIME referral as a "self-referral"). ...Read more

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When should someone see a cardiologist?

When should someone see a cardiologist?

Seeing Cardiologist: Someone should consider seeing a cardiologist when there is the potential for illness involving heart. This can include arterial blockage within the heart, rhythm disturbances of the heart, valve issues within the heart or systemic issues that include the heart. This could also include inflammation around the heart. ...Read more

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What is a cardiologist appointment like?

What is a cardiologist appointment like?

Appointment: Pretty much like any other. You will fill out history forms, the assistant or nurse will check blood pressure/heart rate. You will meet with the doctor who will take a detailed history of the symptoms you are having and assess your risk factors. The doc will then order any testing needed to further evaluate your problem, and possibly order labs or medications. There will likely be a follow up. ...Read more

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Should I seek help from my cardiologist if I want to know my stroke and heart attack risk level?

Should I seek help from my cardiologist if I want to know my stroke and heart attack risk level?

Risk factors: A cardiologist or internist can help define your rsk profile by getting a history (family history, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia), and arranging for a fasting lipid level. In high risk settings additional risk can be found with a lipid NMR study assessing non traditional risk factors such as lipoprotein particle size. Other risk factors, plac, crp, homocysteine could help. ...Read more

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At what percentage of blockage do cardiologists perform a stent procedure?

At what percentage of blockage do cardiologists perform a stent procedure?

Depends: Most interventional cardiologists would stent lesions > 70%. However this depends also on patients symptoms and other evidence of significance of blockage. Visual estimation of severity of lesion is not the most reliable method. There are other ways to assess severity of lesions. Most however would not stent lesions less than 40 to 50%. ...Read more

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How serious is an abnormal EKG that shows a possible heart attack and how soon should you see a cardiologist?

How serious is an abnormal EKG that shows a possible heart attack and how soon should you see a cardiologist?

It the ecg is: Consistent with old infarction, the next step is arranging for a myorcardial perfusion stress test and evaluation of the risk factors. This can be done by his internist and there is no need for a cardiologist if you have a competent primary physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is an interventional cardiologist?

What is an interventional cardiologist?

Special heart doc.: An interventional cardiologist is a specialized cardiologist. He or she has met all the requirementsfor general cardiology and passed the general cardiology boards. Then a special fellowship requiring several years is spent to lend expertise in the ability to open and dilate blood vessels with things like stents, or do procedures involving heart valaves or other complex, invasive treatments. ...Read more

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Talked to my cardiologist still does not know breathing troubles suspect lung diease lung stress test at 53%down from 79in aug, could he be right?

Talked to my cardiologist still does not know breathing troubles suspect lung diease lung stress test at 53%down from 79in aug, could he be right?

Lung trouble: Yes, if heart is ok and labs are ok and you are still short of breath then is probably the lung. Then you say your lung test is abnormal - so that makes it even more likely! Yes, you should see a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Palpitations after lifting light medium suitcase while walking an talking about 30 steps to car had Echo 2 mths ago Cardiologist"excellent". Ideas?

Palpitations after lifting light medium suitcase while walking an talking about 30 steps to car had Echo 2 mths ago Cardiologist"excellent". Ideas?

It is not unusual: For exercise to induce extra heart beats and therefore palpitations but given your heart history and operative intervention one would worry about episodes of atrial fibrillation that are undiagnosed. This could put you at risk for stroke in the absence of appropriate anticoagulation. You should discuss this with your health care provider and perhaps obtain a screening monitor for safety's sake. ...Read more

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At what point is one a candidate for a cardiac ablation to treat afib episodes are getting worse should I talk my cardiologist into an evaluation for?

At what point is one a candidate for a cardiac ablation to treat afib episodes are getting worse should I talk my cardiologist into an evaluation for?

Don't talk your...: Cardiologist into it, just have an open discussion and weigh your options. Catheter ablation of atrial fib is recommended for the presence of symptomatic af not responding to, or intolerant to standard meds. Catheter and ablation is complex, and your personal risk and benefit profile need to be looked at closely. If your doctor can't discuss this with you, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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86 year old mom diagnosis with afib. On cardizem and xarelto. Cardiologist said just remain on meds. He didn't talk about cure. Is he giving up on mom?

86 year old mom diagnosis with afib. On cardizem and xarelto. Cardiologist said just remain on meds. He didn't talk about cure. Is he giving up on mom?

No: The doctor started her on a medicine to try and prevent the Afib (Cardizem is an anti arrhythmic medicine) and a medicine to prevent clots (xarelto) from forming should she continue to have episodes of Afib in spite of the other medicine. Please see the following link to learn about afib: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/basics/treatment/con-20027014 ...Read more

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My consultant Cardiologist in the UK won’t explain if I have Mitral Valvular Disease or not Warnings in Fostair 100/6 explains Valvular heart disease talk to Cardio or GP as I get SinusTachycardia in Salbutamol He’s says not experienced in fostair?

My consultant Cardiologist in the UK won’t explain if I have Mitral Valvular Disease or not Warnings in Fostair 100/6 explains Valvular heart disease talk to Cardio or GP as I get SinusTachycardia in Salbutamol He’s says not experienced in fostair?

Yes: As long as a product contains a beta agonist, it has to potential to cause tachycardia for some people especially for those with MVP. However salbutamol and formoterol may may have different side effects and thus only a trial can tell. Perhaps you can start with just 1/2 dose and observe. I am concerned over Propranolol - tends to worsen asthma & render bronchodilator less effective. ...Read more

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3yrs on from mitral repair on Echo Dystolic Dysfuction after speaking with Cardiologist explained not much importance as overall result is excellent?

3yrs on from mitral repair on Echo Dystolic Dysfuction after speaking with Cardiologist explained not much importance as overall result is excellent?

DiastolicDYSFUNCTION: It refers to impaired relaxation of the LV during the filling phase of the pump cycle;beta blocker is good and if exercise BP is high then a increase in dose would help;ask cardiologist for a stress test ...Read more

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I am on atenelol 25mg 2x per my cardiologist instructions, taking for pressure. I am reading online that this med might not be safe. Is this true?

I am on atenelol 25mg 2x per my cardiologist instructions, taking for pressure. I am reading online that this med might not be safe. Is this true?

Not true!: Atenolol's very safe and has been around > 30 years - it's not new or experimental. There are no surprises; we know everything about it. That said, remember ALL meds have potential for side effects, even aspirin. Water can cause "water intoxication" with seizures in some people. So you have to trust the judgement of your doctor who knows all about you. If you don't, change doctors. ...Read more

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What is a non-invasive cardiologist?

What is a non-invasive cardiologist?

Non invasive: A non-invasive cardiologist is one who provides diagnosis and treatment without performing tests that physically invade the body. An invasive cardiologist typically performs cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiologists provide additional invasive services. ...Read more

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How much time should my cardiologist appt. Take?

How much time should my cardiologist appt. Take?

Depends on reason: New patient: 90 minutes which includes intake by nurses, filling out forms, EKG, undressing etc. (30-60 minutes with the doctor)

Return visit: 15-30 minutes depending on the nature of your visit. ...Read more

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What will the cardiologist do to me on a first consult?

What will the cardiologist do to me on a first consult?

Cardiologist: The cardiologist will do a history and physical examination and may suggest tests as they seem indicated by your condition. Testing often includes ecg, chest xray, echocardiography and sometimes treadmill testing, holter monitoring or various other studies depending on your complaints and physical findings. Be sure to ask your dr. To explain your condition and what is going on. ...Read more

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First time appointment with a cardiologist--what to expect?

Depends: No different than meeting other physicians for a first appointment although the focus will be a cardiac issues with specific questions related to the reason you were referred in many instances. Often times test results are reviewed & discussed. Hoping it will be a great and informative experience for you or yours. ...Read more

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How frequently should an internal recording loop be checked by cardiologist.?

How frequently should an internal recording loop be checked by cardiologist.?

Depends: If you're having a lot of symptoms you should have your doctor check it sooner rather than later. However otherwise you should have it checked during your regularly scheduled appointments. Also sometimes you can send transmissions from home. ...Read more

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When you get checked by a cardiologist, what exactly are they checking you for?

When you get checked by a cardiologist, what exactly are they checking you for?

Cardiologists: Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels—the cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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My cardiologist wants me to take atenelol25mg 2 a day. You mentioned once a day.

My cardiologist wants me to take atenelol25mg 2 a day. You mentioned once a day.

Atenolol: Atenolol is not a 24 hour med; its life is shorter; so your cardiologist is likely dosing for optimal effect; also, once a day atenolol can produce a dip about 6-8 hours later in HR and even BP, so 25 mg twice a day can be a bit safer as well. ...Read more

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I need a consultation on cardio issue. Preferably a cardiologist. Is there one here?

I need a consultation on cardio issue. Preferably a cardiologist. Is there one here?

Cardiac referral: If you have no physician refer you to a cardiologist (c), call a hospital near you and ask to speak to the medical staff office. Ask one of the secretaries there for the name and phone number of one of the c's on staff there. If the problem is severe, go to an er and get evaluated for its cause and you can get a c's info there. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of books and I mean the real books that are used to become an interventional cardiologist.

What kind of books and I mean the real books that are used to become an interventional cardiologist.

Try Braunwalds: If you are 16 years old start by reading internal medicine, then cardiology and then interventional cardiology. You need a solid foundation before targeting more advanced subjects ...Read more

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I would like to be a cardiologist. However, I don't like mathematical stuff. Will being a cardiologist take lots of mathematical studies?

I would like to be a cardiologist. However, I don't like mathematical stuff. Will being a cardiologist take lots of mathematical studies?

Some math, but...: Being a cardiologist doesn't take as much math-studying as being a civil engineer, an architect, an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer, or a computer scientist. So, a hard-working student who is a "people-person" can go into any medical field and not worry that it has too much math. ...Read more

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I would like a cardiologist's opinion on my echo results.?

I would like a cardiologist's opinion on my echo results.?

Ask...: Ask the same question to the doctor who ordered the test and/or the cardiologist who performed it.
You should not ask for a second opinion when you do not have the first one yet... ...Read more