Cardiology Incorporating a Patient's Personal Values
May 19, 2014•9 min
When you think about quality healthcare, you want your doctor to know who you are as a person, not just another patient.Do you ever feel like when you go to the doctor's office that you're not being listened to? You have all the same symptoms of other patients with cardiovascular disease, so you're lumped into a category.What about individualized care?When you think about quality healthcare, you want your doctor to know who you are as a person, not just another patient, especially when it has to do with matters of your heart.In the world of cardiology, how can you use personalized care with patients?First, it's important to understand who's sitting across from you. Unfortunately when it comes to cardiovascular issues that require medical attention, you're taken to the hospital. The chaotic setting mixed with the loads of patients makes it more difficult to spend quality time with each person, when so many people need to be attended to.How is personalized care changing?Some patients spend more than 45 minutes with their cardiologist and some only spend 15 minutes. The type of appointment varies at each doctor's office but it will obviously be harder to spend only 15 minutes with someone and truly know them.When it comes to cardiovascular issues, how can you get to know your doctor without feeling rushed?Dr. Alan Zunamon shares why it's important to have individualized care for the patients and the doctors and ways you can reach those relationships.