When beginning your cardiovascular treatment plan at Midcoast Cardiovascular Associates, the most important appointment is your initial cardiovascular consultation with Dr. Ginkel. After reviewing your detailed medical history, he will perform a cardiac health evaluation and risk assessment to help him formulate a diagnosis or schedule further testing. It is never too early to see your cardiologist and evaluate your current condition, and while this consultation can seem daunting, you are in skilled hands with Dr. Ginkel.
What will I need to bring with me during my cardiac consultation?
- List of medications you are currently taking and any history of prescriptions and supplements
- Detailed medical records from medical visits and a history of previous surgeries
- Any questions you have for Dr. Ginkel regarding heart, venous or vascular disease
- Recent lifestyle changes you would like to share that can help the doctor offer preventive care
Diagnostic Tests Dr. Ginkel Uses:
- Stress testing
- Cardiac echo
- Carotid ultrasound
- Vascular ultrasound
- Venous mapping ultrasound
During your initial evaluation, Dr. Ginkel will perform a precise set of diagnostic tests to provide insight into the causes of any pain or other symptoms you may be experiencing. Dr. Ginkel not only focuses on the functions of the heart, but also on the arteries and veins – vessels that deliver blood and oxygen to support robust circulation.
You need strong, clear arteries to move oxygenated blood through the body, and competent veins to carry blood back up to the heart. If any of these pathways become obstructed, the reduced blood flow could cause unnecessary cardiac stress. Overworking the heart muscle and vessels, as well as genetics, inflammation, and elevated cholesterol can produce hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) or a change in the thickness of the heart wall. Dr. Ginkel offers treatments designed to maintain a flourishing cardiovascular system, including any advice necessary to restructure your lifestyle for optimal cardiac health.
Some common cardiovascular and vein conditions Dr. Ginkel looks for are:
- Blood clots
- High cholesterol
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Varicose and spider veins
- Venous ulcers
- Atrial/ventricular fibrillation
- Heart valve conditions (regurgitation and stenosis)
- Disease of the tissue surrounding the heart known as the pericardium
- Infections of heart valves and associated structures known as endocarditis
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
After we discuss your predisposition for various cardiovascular disease influenced by family history, level of physical activity, and diet, you will receive a proactive prognosis and follow-up procedures to correct or improve your condition. Call Midcoast Cardiovascular Associates today to schedule your cardiac consultation at 805-354-0112.