The Annals of Cardiology No. 9 | The 5 Most Common Questions Asked During a Physical Exam
Have you ever accompanied someone else to the cardiologist’s office? If so, you’ve probably witnessed a preliminary ten or twenty minutes of question-asking and note-taking before the doctor disappears into the exam room with your loved one, leaving you to do crossword puzzles or play with your smartphone. You might be surprised to learn that by the time he says “I’d like to examine you now” he pretty much already knows what’s going on and what needs to be done. This is not because of any unique talent, it is because of the power of the story – the oral history. Once the questions have been asked, in 80% of cases the diagnosis and treatment plan are already clear. So, then what happens in the exam room? To give you an idea of the conversation that takes place, I would like to share the five questions patients most commonly ask me during a physical exam.
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