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What to Expect

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We offer personalized care instead of rushing you out the door. Our interest is in getting to know you, developing a long-term relationship and providing optimal care to you.

Here are some things to expect at your initial visit:

  • Plan on several hours for your initial visit to the center. We will use this time for a variety of things including education, medical exams, reviewing test results, answering your questions and creating your individual plan. We use this time to get to know you and for you to get to know us. It is important that you feel comfortable with us helping to manage your healthcare along with your other health professionals like your family physician, cardiologist and dentist.
  • We start with your history form that you completed prior to your first visit as a jumping off point to discuss and understand your past medical history in detail.
  • You will learn the principles behind the development of atherosclerosis or arterial blockages. It is presented in an easily understandable fashion, and fortunately, there will be no quiz afterward! We want to make sure you understand why we are doing what we are doing for you.
  • Prior to your first visit, you will need to have your blood testing done. We will need this done 4 weeks before your first appointment.
  • You will have a dental exam and we will do a Carotid Intimal Medial Thickness (CIMT) test. This is a painless 15-minute ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries, which we use as an indication of the level of atherosclerosis that is present.
  • We will conduct a physical exam designed to evaluate your cardiovascular system and to look for other areas of inflammatory disease.
  • We will review your blood work results with you.
  • We end with time to answer your questions and go over your plan.

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