- Jul 18, 2012
- sterling heights, michigan, usa
My cardiologist has retired and I have been passed on to a new cardiologist in his office who is on the younger side. I really liked my cardiologist as he was very experienced and was sort of a proactive type of personality. He gave me confidence with his methodology. Now I have been seeing the new cardiologist for the second year and I can't seem to gain that much confidence in him. The first visit I had with him he really didn't do any testing at all except an EKG and said everything was fine, and I'll see you next year. The second annual visit, which was about a month ago, he did another EKG and an echocardiogram. Now those are good tests and he said everything was all right but one of the questions I asked him was what my INR range should be. I already knew it should be between 2.5 and 3.5, at least that's what I've always been told by the last cardiologist, but when I asked this particular cardiologist he told me he did not know what it should be and referred me to my primary care physician. This seems a little odd to me that a cardiologist wouldn't have this information and would defer to a primary care physician for such information. My primary care physician does allow me to self-monitor and self-adjust which I enjoy doing, but it seems like a cardiologist should know this information? Not having the same outgoing personality as my last cardiologist is something for me to get used to, but having him not know what my INR range should be instills a bit less confidence in him. Should I expect him to know this information or should it be the primary care physicians responsibility? I have been self-monitoring and adjusting for 35 years now, so I am okay doing it myself and we'll stick to the 2.5 to 3.5 range.