Published on July 17, 2018

Next-day cardiology

When you need to see a cardiologist ASAP

heart xray illustrationLet’s say you have shortness of breath and a little bit of chest pain. You’re worried something may be wrong with your heart. You may have:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Loss of consciousness or light-headedness

So you go to the emergency department, and the physician says you’re not in immediate danger, but you should be evaluated by a cardiologist soon.

Normally, it might take weeks to get an appointment with a heart specialist. But not at Mercy Fitzgerald, where you’re able to see a cardiologist the next day—or even possibly that same day—after you or your doctor call for an appointment. It’s part of a new speedy access cardiology program at the hospital.

“This access program ensures a new patient will get an appointment with a cardiologist on the same day or the next day after the patient or a referring physician calls,” says Martin J. O’Riordan, MD, Cardiovascular Service Line Director for Mercy. “We wanted to offer prompt evaluation for patients who need a cardiac assessment.”

The next-day program was started in 2017 so that patients could see cardiologists without delay, Dr. O’Riordan says. A quick appointment can be requested for any patient who experiences cardiac symptoms but is found not to be having a heart attack.

For more information about the next-day cardiology program or to schedule an appointment, call 610.586.4100.