Patients with chest pain who visit the Emergency Department may be referred to the Chest Pain clinic. Patients will be contacted within 72 hours to schedule their appointment. The appointment should be scheduled within one week of the initial visit to the Emergency Department.
You will first be seen by a technologist for cardiac testing. Then you will be seen by a cardiac nurse practitioner and/or a cardiologist or cardiac specialist who will provide you with a full cardiac consultation and review of testing. They will also determine your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and may suggest further testing or a follow-up appointment.
What You Should Know
- Before your visit
- Please do not wear jewellery or perfume on the day of your visit.
- Please arrive 30 minutes before your test to register at central registration in the main lobby. Please bring your health card and your requisition (if your physician has provided you with one). Bring all medications that you are currently taking with you to the appointment.
- During your visit
- Your assessment will take up to four hours.
- The clinic assessment includes diagnostic tests and a consultation with the nurse practitioner and/or cardiologist. The patient will receive a diagnosis, care plan, and instructions to stay in touch with their primary care physician.
- After your visit
You may require further testing. You will have a follow-up at your physician’s office or via the telephone.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What tests will I have on my first visit at the chest pain clinic?
You will have a cardiac stress test (on a treadmill) and an echocardiogram. If you are not able to use a treadmill, you may be scheduled for a nuclear medicine test with cardiolite instead.
- What else will happen on my first visit?
On your first visit, you will have your testing done and will then have a full consultation with a review of your test results. If you are having a nuclear medicine test with cardiolite, this test will be done a day before your visit to the chest pain clinic. Your full consultation and review of tests will be completed when your test results are ready.
- Why am I being sent to the chest pain clinic?
The chest pain clinic visit is normally arranged by the emergency department physician that you see after a visit for chest pain. In the chest pain clinic, your test results and cardiac history will help to define your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and other possible future cardiac events.