My first appointment - what to expect

When you arrive for your first visit, you will fill out the registration information – privacy policy, financial policy, health intake form and registration form. To save time, you can print and fill out these forms before coming to our office (see "Download Patient Forms").

After all paperwork is completed and any co-payments are received, the patient will be called by our staff to have vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, height, and weight - recorded.  If ordered, studies such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram will be performed. The patient and family will then be brought into an examining room to meet with the pediatric cardiologist.

The evaluation will include a thorough history and physical exam by the pediatric cardiologist.  At the end of the visit, the pediatric cardiologist will sit down with you to discuss all the findings and answer any questions that you may have.

Due to the complex nature of our specialty, you can expect the first visit to take 2 or more hours.  We suggest you bring extra bottles, diapers, toys, books, etc.  If a repeat visit is recommended, an appointment can usually be arranged before leaving the office.  The pediatric ardiologist will write a comprehensive report and send it to your child's primary doctor and other specialists involved.

It is very common for pediatric residents and medical students from Albany Medical Center to come to our office to further their education in the field of pediatric cardiology.  Often, the resident/student will be the first to take the history and perform the physical examination.  The findings are then discussed with the pediatric cardiologist.  We consider teaching the next generation of physicians to be very important.

How to prepare for your visit?

  • Print directions from our website ahead of time
  • Print and complete registration forms, if you wish to do this in advance. Please click here to download patient forms. They are also available at the office at the time of your visit, if you do not have the ability to print them ahead of time.
  • Please allow time for your visit. While we strive to see patients at their scheduled appointment time, the doctor may request a variety of diagnostic tests. Depending on the tests ordered, your visit might last more than two hours.
  • Please do not put any lotion or powder on your child prior to your visit. We almost always perform an EKG, which requires sticking electrodes to the skin. We cannot get a good reading if the electrodes do not adhere properly.

What to bring?

  • Photo ID and insurance card
  • A note from the parent/guardian, if you will be sending your child with someone other than a parent/guardian
  • A referral, if your insurance carrier requires one
  • If you wish to fill out the registration forms in advance, print, complete and bring them with you on the day of the visit, please click here to download patient forms
  • Any medical records or tests already performed
  • Medication bottles your child is taking, if they do not require refrigeration