Sharing Information with Your Primary Care Doctor
Your doctors are always gathering information—during your chats in their office, while they examine you and when they review the results of your tests and the reports from your procedures. The more information they have about you, the better they are able to care for you.
It’s important to keep all of your doctors informed about your medical history and care, particularly your primary care physician (PCP), who will take over your care from your cardiologists and other specialists.
What Your PCP Should Know
You may need to initiate and authorize the exchange of information between your PCP and your cardiology care team at Brigham and Women’s. With just a couple of phone calls, you can arrange for your PCP to provide a complete record of your previous care and for your Brigham and Women’s team to send your PCP the records of all the tests and procedures you have recently undergone. Your PCP will also want to know the specifics about any devices like pacemakers, which may need monitoring, and new medications you are taking.
On your return visit with your informed PCP, you can discuss how you can incorporate any new medications or lifestyle changes into your general healthcare.
Date Last Modified: January 21, 2011
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