Making an Appointment with Your PCP

There are some tips to prepare before your appointment: writing down symptoms you may be experiencing and your personal key information; family history of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or diabetes; and making a list of medications and vitamins.

Dr. Paula Montana de la Cadena, Cardiovascular Specialist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, says a specialist wants to know if there's any presence of chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness and leg swelling. Taking someone with you; being prepared to discuss diet, lifestyle and exercise habits; and writing down questions are also tips.

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