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Why No Cardiology Followup?
mvcasanohava posted:
I am a 76 Year old wma. 12 years ago had a single stent heart implant. Two years ago I had a double CABG (bypass). Got 4+ staph from surgery. 2 1/2 months in hospital, 2 more surgeries. I was not offered or asked to have any routine or special followup to Cardiology since! I have asked about followups but was told only if I "am having symptoms". Is this 'normal' and a medical standard? I am a patient of and getting my med services with a large government agency. Expert opinion would be greatly appreciated!!!
thorned6480 responded:
I was the Unit Secretary on the cardiac unit of a local hospital for over a year, and I know that most of the doctors that I worked with made us schedule follow up appt. for 4-6 weeks, and if not serious they would say a year or if having symptoms to make a follow up appt. I also know that even with a minor procedure like a stress test and minimally invasive Heart cath that they are still seen 2-3 weeks after and some within a week. I would just say that if you feel a need that you should still make an appointment to ease your mind. I hope this helps. Have a great and blessed day!
mvcasanohava replied to thorned6480's response:
Thanks for your response. Much appreciated!!
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I agree that regular cardiology follow-up seems appropriate, even in the absence of symptoms. Visiting with your doctor is a great opportunity to review medications, address possible side effects, discuss healthy eating, and exercise. And just to see how you're doing!

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