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Information for Patients

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Information for Physicians

Wondering how long it will take to
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Echocardiogram
MPI Stress Test
Exercise Stress Test
Holter Monitors (24 and 48 hr)

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Appropriateness Criteria for Tests - Physicians

Appropriate Test by the Appropriate Expert for the Appropriate Patients - Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely® is an educational campaign initially led by the American Board of Internal Medicine and later endorsed and promoted by many subspecialty associations including the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.  It aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

Canadian Medical Association and its subsepecialty partners define appropirate use of health care resources as  "the right care, provided by the right providers, to the right patient, in the right place, at the right time, resulting in optimal quality care.  If all components are followed high quality health care will result "at the right cost" and potential harm to the patient will be minimized.

A major reason for the traditionally long wait times relate to inappropriate application of tests potentially by the wrong providers.  Referring the right patient for the right test by the right provider will ensure more Rapid Access to best care.  At TotalCardiology we strongly promote the use of APPROPRIATENESS criteria by all referring physicians when ordering these tests. Our carefully designed requisition forms reflect these. These criteria have been developed by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the relevant cardiac imaging societies.

The use of such approach affords all of us the following important advantages:

If you require assistance with choosing the right test we recommend a consultation or we are also available by phone - see Telephone consultation

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