Do I need a referral to see a Brandywine Valley cardiologist?
If you are insured by an HMO, you should speak with your primary care office to obtain a referral for cardiology care. This will help you with your cardiology bills. Bring your referral with you to your visit with our office.
Do I need to bring my medications to the office for my first visit, when I am admitted for a stay, or for a procedure?
It is a good idea to keep an up-to-date list of your prescription and non-prescription medications on hand at all times, and to bring this list with you (instead of the drugs) for your doctor visits. Be sure to include vitamins, minerals, and any herbal supplements that you may be taking. Include the drug's name, its strength (for example, 20 mg, 5%, or similar information), and how often you take it. If it is difficult for you to get such a list together, you may bring all of your medications with you to the office.
Will BVC send reports to my family doctor?
It is BVC's standard procedure to send initial and follow-up reports to your primary-care physician or family doctor. Please be sure to provide us with your family doctor's name at the time of your visit.
How do I enter the cardiac rehabilitation program?
Your cardiologist will refer you to the center when you are ready to begin cardiac rehabilitation. At that point, call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, located at 200 Municipal Drive in Thorndale, (610-383-4608) to join our program. Our staff is very helpful in finding a schedule to fit your lifestyle, and they can help out with your insurance and referral requirements, as well.
If my regular cardiologist does not see me in the hospital, will the other cardiologists know my history?
The cardiology team meets every weekday morning to discuss all of the current in-patients’ statuses prior to making patient rounds. So no matter which member of the BVC team visits you in the hospital, you can rest assured that they are up-to-date on your case. Our out-patients' records are shared by all of our physicians, as well.
After I am first seen by BVC, will I need to return for more visits?
Each patient is a unique individual, so the need for follow-up care is determined on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with your primary-care physician or family doctor.
After catheterization, can I travel or drive a car?
Generally speaking, after catheterization you should allow 48 hours to pass before driving or travelling to make sure you are back to your usual level of coordination and alertness. Each patient is a unique individual, so the extent of your other post-procedural activity will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
After pacemaker implantation, can I travel or drive a car?
Generally speaking, after pacemaker implantation, you need to keep the arm on the pacemaker-side of your body below shoulder-level for 30 days, although driving is generally permitted after 48 hours. In addition, do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 30 days following implantation. Each patient is a unique individual, so the extent of your other post-implantation activity is determined on a case-by-case basis.