Pre-Surgical Cardiac Evaluation
- Tests and visits before surgery
- Your surgeon will want to make sure you are ready for your surgery. To do this, you will have some checkups and tests before surgery.
- Pre-op is the time before your surgery. It means “before operation.” During this time, you will meet with one of your doctors. This may be your surgeon or primary care doctor.
- This checkup usually needs to be done within the month before surgery. This gives your doctors time to treat any medical problems you may have before your surgery.
- During this visit, you will be asked about your health over the years. This is called “taking your medical history.” Your doctor will also do a physical exam.
- If you see your primary care doctor for your pre-op checkup, make sure your hospital or surgeon gets the reports from this visit.
- Your surgeon will want to make sure that other health conditions you may have will not cause problems during your surgery. So you may need to visit.
- After performing a detail history and physical examination, your cardiologist may perform an ECG. Depending on your medical condition, your cardiologist may order an echocardiogram or a stress test.