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Preparing For Your Visit to the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Knowing what to expect can help make your visit to go more smoothly.

Your Appointment

Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor before my appointment?

If your insurance requires a referral, please call your primary care physician as soon as you have made your appointment with UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. If you do not get approval from your insurance carrier before your visit, your insurance company may not cover our services.

What should I bring to my appointment?

On the day of your office visit, please bring:

  • Your health insurance card
  • Previous test results, including the actual films
  • A list of the medications you are taking
  • Information about the doctor who referred you, including:
    • Name
    • Office address
    • Phone and fax numbers

This will help us become familiar with your case and allow us to keep in touch with your doctor regarding your care.

How long will my first appointment take?

Please allow ample time for your first office visit.

  • New patients will have to complete a general medical form, in addition to being examined.
  • The amount of time the doctor spends with each patient will vary depending on the patient’s condition.
  • We try to see our patients on time. However, emergencies sometimes occur, and some patients require extra time. For these reasons, occasionally there are delays in our schedule.
  • When delays occur, we hope you understand. If you find it inconvenient to wait, we will be glad to reschedule your appointment.

Learn About Your Condition or Treatment

We offer an array of educational information and videos about numerous cardiovascular diseases and treatments.

Many patients find this information to be helpful in answering their questions and preparing them for their procedure or diagnostic test.

Questions About Your Visit?

Contact the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. We'll be happy to answer any questions about your appointment with us.