It has been less than two years since my surgery. Mechanical aortic valve. At my one year cardiologist follow up, he had me get an echo, which he reviewed and we discussed during my appointment. All good. I specifically asked him how often he planned to have me get echos. He said that because I have a mechanical valve, the guidelines only call for an echo about every 10 years, but we can do them more frequently if I like. I plan to get one done every 2 to 3 years. If I wanted to wait 10 years, he would be fine with that too.
I assume that is your copay for your cardiology appointments. That is a bargain. I pay much more than that, unless I hit my $10,500 deductible, then it's a $35 copay. But until that point, I pay the entire bill, which is well over $200. You have a different situation than mine and more complicated, being that yours is mitral and you also had bypass surgery. There is probably good reason why he wants you to get an echo yearly. Echos use ultrasound- no side effects, no radiation and no dye. And, honestly, for just $45, that is a great value to be evaluated by a cardiologist. For only $45, to get the benefit of all the info provided by an ultrasound and to get the expert consult, that is well worth it. For those of us in this special club, discovering issues early and taking care of them, before they cause irreversible damage, is critical.I am cynical about these appointments because I dont care to pay 45