What is a Consultation?

A consultation is a face-to-face appointment (NOTE* Due to COVID -19, we are conducting tele-health consultations where appropriate) with a cardiologist. This is an important part of your health care; providing the opportunity to meet your specialist and ask any questions you may have. A valid letter of referral from a doctor such as your GP is required before attending for a consultation. If your GP has referred you to us, they have requested specialist care or advice regarding your heart health.

What to expect

During the consultation, our cardiologist will conduct a thorough assessment by asking questions about your medical history, family history and your lifestyle. If you have been asked to have tests performed prior to your consultation, the results will likely be discussed with you. Your cardiologist will also advise if further tests or procedures are recommended and will talk about these options with you. After your consultation, our cardiologist will prepare a letter which is provided to your referring doctor. This includes your test results and findings along with any treatment recommendations. It is natural to be nervous before to your consultation, however our staff and cardiologist are very friendly and are here to help you. Dr Sesh is an expert in his field and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for all patients.

Why do I need one?

The initial cardiology consultation and subsequent reviews are essential parts of a diagnostic and medical treatment process. Not only do consultations play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of a heart condition, they are also crucial in educating patients on lifestyle changes required to prevent the condition from worsening or to hasten the recovery process. Lifestyle changes typically include eating the right diet, avoiding certain activities, cessation of smoking, safe drinking limits and maintaining a healthy weight. Cardiology consultations also aid in the early detection of health conditions that would likely lead to heart problems. Not every patient who schedules a consultation actually has a heart condition; some consult a cardiologist as a preventive measure.

When you see us for a cardiology consultation, please bring a list of your current medications and/or other medical conditions and don’t forget your referral letter!