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How To Get the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit

Doctor VisitsGoing to the doctor takes time, often comes at some expense and can raise your anxiety level – especially if you are worried that something bad could be discovered. Excellent communication between you and your doctor is essential to a meaningful visit.

Here are a few brief tips to help you get the most from your visit with an Emory Heart & Vascular Center provider:

  1. Think about your top concerns ahead of time. Jot down your top 3 questions/concerns on a piece of paper and bring them in. Show this to the doctor or nurse when they first come in to the room.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you didn’t understand it.
  3. Make sure you leave the office with a clear understanding of what we know already regarding your health concerns, what the next steps are and what the possible outcomes of any testing are.
  4. Make sure you understand how to take any new medicines and why you were prescribed these medicines.
  5. Consider bringing a relative or friend with you who can listen and ask questions on your behalf – they won’t be as anxious and can help you remember what is said during the appointment.

I am honored to be one of the doctors at Emory. It is our goal here to treat YOU, not just your symptoms or condition. If you have a concern that you want to discuss with us, we are here to help you. Just call 404-778-7777 to make an appointment with an Emory physician near you.

About Dr. Cassimatis

Dimitri Cassimatis, MDDimitri Cassimatis, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He divides his clinical time between Emory University Hospital Midtown and Grady Memorial Hospital. He is also co-director of the first year medical student cardiovascular pathophysiology module at Emory’s School of Medicine. Dr. Cassimatis received his MD from Harvard University and then spent 11 years in the United States Army before joining Emory in 2010.

Welcoming New Medical Director of the Saint Joseph’s Hospital Heart Failure Clinic

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Dr. David Markham, MD, MSc

Emory Center for Heart Failure and Transplantation and Saint Joseph’s Hospital are pleased to welcome David Markham, MD, MSc, to the team as the medical director of the Heart Failure Clinic at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Markham is an experienced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and has performed groundbreaking work in the area of assist device physiology.

“I’m excited that Dr. Markham will be leading heart failure services and our partnership with Saint Joseph’s,” says Andrew Smith, MD, director of the Center for Heart Failure and Transplantation and chief of cardiology at Emory University Hospital. “He will continue the progress we’ve already made over the past few months with the Advanced Heart Failure Network and the consolidation of services for network patients at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Saint Joseph’s Hospital. These steps benefit our patients and enhance the services we offer.”

Markham received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory in 1991 and 1995, respectively and is a native of Marietta, GA. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Virginia, a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical and molecular cardiology at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a fellowship in cardiology with advanced training in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Duke University Medical Center.

Before his return to Emory, Markham was medical director of the Heart Failure Clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital and associate director of heart failure, assist devices and cardiac transplantation at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

About the Emory and Saint Joseph’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure

The Advanced Heart Failure Network is an enhanced cardiac collaboration that includes expert care from subspecialists at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta. For over 20 years Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s Hospital have had the largest advanced heart failure programs in Georgia. The new collaboration will focus on meeting the needs of patients and their families dealing with heart failure. Patients in need of advanced heart failure management, medical and surgical management of other heart conditions and related therapies, may now access treatment at any of the three facilities.

Related Resources

Welcome to ‘Advancing Your Health’

Emory Heart and Vascular Center is thrilled to participate in the launch of the new Emory Healthcare blog, titled ‘Advancing Your Health’. This is our opportunity to converse with you, share stories, offer advice, and educate you on matters of the heart, including medical procedures and advances. Our bloggers are physicians, patients, and well, you. We encourage you to post your comments, questions and thoughts. We’re here to serve as a sounding board as well as a resource for information.

In this month’s series of blog posts, we’ll explore the methodology behind LVAD/VAD technology and hear stories from William Shaw and Rachel Moore, two Emory Heart and Vascular patients.

As our blog progresses, there may be topics that you’d like for us to touch on. If so, speak up and let us know! Emory’s ‘Advancing Your Health’ blog is as much yours as it is ours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Robert Guyton, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Douglas C. Morris, MD, J. Willis Hurst Professor of Medicine, Director of the Emory Heart Center and Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital