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Debunked: Reasons You’re Postponing Getting Your Heart Checked

There are many reasons why you may be holding off on making a cardiology appointment if you are at risk for heart disease. But, when it comes to your health, nothing is more important.Debunked Infographc

We’ve debunked some common reasons that often get in the way of taking the first step in making an appointment with a cardiologist.

Stress icon1) You’re Scared - The great unknown. We understand, it’s frightening. But here’s the thing, knowing is always better than not knowing. Identifying risks and an early diagnosis are keys to preventing the progression of heart disease. Think of it this way: it’s better to have routine checkups and testing than end up in an emergency situation. And remember, those uneasy feelings in the back of your head or that annoying person on your shoulder, they keep coming back for a reason. So listen to what your heart is trying to tell you. It could save your life.

Hourglass icon2) You Have No Time - At Penn, we make it easy! Simply fill out an appointment request online and someone will call you back within 24 hours. It’s as easy as that. Penn also has a dedicated Contact Center where someone will always answer. Give us a ring at 1-800-789-7366 and staff will help with your specific questions and needs.

Wheel icon3) You’d Rather Do Something Else - Meetings during the day, lunch break with colleagues, kids activities after work, and let's face it, that couch at the end of the day. These are all things that can get in the way of visiting the doctor. You won’t be able to take care of others if you’re not healthy. Fitting in an hour can be difficult, but schedule time on your calendar and go.

Flag icon4) You Feel Unmotivated - Feeling uninterested about your health can not only be harmful to you, but also the people you love. Find your motivation, whether it’s your family, friends, pets, job or even an upcoming vacation. Set a reasonable deadline for scheduling an appointment and make it happen.

Search icon5) You Don’t Know Who to See - There are nearly 23,000 cardiologists in the United States and 8,300 in the Northeast. That’s an overwhelming number to choose from. How do you go about finding the right one for you? We’ve got you covered. Check out our six steps to ensure you choose the right cardiologist. Additionally, many health care websites have patient ratings and reviews published for physicians, including Penn Medicine. Taking a look at these reviews on a physician online profile is a great way to get to know the physicians so you can feel comfortable in making the right decision.

Phone icon6) You Don’t know How to Make an Appointment - Call or use the website? What number is the right number? Is there information I need prepared before calling? These are valid questions that you might have before finally making the decision to call a cardiology office. The answer is there are different ways to make an appointment depending on what makes you most comfortable. Our staff is on hand to walk you through the process and answer any questions or concerns. You can request an appointment online or call 800-789-7366 to speak with an expert that will walk you through the process.

Are you confident and ready to take action? No excuses; it’s up to you now. Make your heart a priority and take the next step.

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The Penn Heart and Vascular blog provides the latest information on heart disease prevention, nutrition and breakthroughs in cardiovascular care.

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