It should be no surprise that many people avoid going to the doctor. Some out of fear, others because they’re afraid of getting bad news. But, as you get older, you learn how important it is to find good doctors who can help care for your body so that you can feel good throughout your life. One of the frustrations that many of our patients share with us is their struggle to find the right physicians to meet their needs. Your heart health is one of the most critical health issues you’ll manage in your life, and it’s essential that you find a doctor you feel comfortable with.

There are a lot of factors that go into finding the right doctor. Often we tend to go to our friends and family for recommendations, which can be a great place to start, without considering precisely what we need in a medical provider. If you’re in the market for a cardiologist near you, we’ve included a list of 3 simple but effective questions you can ask to determine if you’ve found the right person.

Are they taking new patients (your insurance)?

First and foremost, it’s important to find out ahead of time whether a specific doctor is accepting new patients or if they take your insurance. You may get frustrated pursuing doctors who are unable to see you. Check first with your insurance company for a list of cardiologists near you. From that list, you’ll be able to narrow down your options of providers based on the following two questions.

What is their specialty or experience?

Are you looking for a doctor with experience treating your specific conditions or set of risk factors? If so, it’s important to ask clarifying questions to determine whether a cardiology practice has the expertise you need. Sometimes we hear from patients that they feel uncomfortable asking such pointed questions about a doctor’s qualifications. Remember that you are hiring a cardiologist to help treat your heart health, and it is well within your rights to ask the necessary questions to ensure you’re hiring the right person. One of the many benefits of our practice is the number of doctors and nurses on our team. Each one comes to the table with varying skills and experiences, ensuring that we can confidently treat a wide range of patients.

How well do they communicate?

When it comes down to it, a good relationship with your cardiologist comes down to communication. Do you feel comfortable with your doctor and their staff? Do you understand the tests and treatments being offered to you? And, are you comfortable asking questions of them? This information can be difficult to ascertain without first being a patient, so it may take some time to determine whether or not your communication styles match. Patient care is one of our highest priorities, and we do our best to ensure that everyone who comes to our office leaves feeling confident that they’ve put their heart health in the right hands. If quality communication is one of your top priorities, our team can help.

Nearly one-third of Americans report avoiding the doctor. It’s not because they’re not sick. Heart disease is one of the most common killers in this country. While some people are afraid of doctors, we think more people simply haven’t found the right doctor. Just like any relationship, a lot goes into maintaining a healthy connection between doctor and patient. At the core is finding the doctor that meets your needs and with whom you can have honest, clear communication. If you’re looking for a cardiologist near you, we can help. Contact our office today.