When a patient with a cardiac condition arrives at the ED, they can expect to give blood for tests, get an IV, and undergo tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG). They will be monitored for abnormal heart rhythms. A cardiologist reviews the lab work and test results, then examines the patient, via a telemedicine cart. After discussion with the patient and onsite staff, the cardiologist makes recommendations for treatment, which may include medication, catheterization, or heart surgery.
Once a patient is admitted, cardiologists can continue to see them virtually, as well as use teleCardiology for follow up visits.