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.