Going 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:
- 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.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you didn’t understand it.
- 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.
- Make sure you understand how to take any new medicines and why you were prescribed these medicines.
- 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, 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.