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Initial Assessment

Cardiological history and clinical examination

Whether you come to us directly or have been referred to us by your GP: In an initial consultation, we find out how we can help your heart. We take an hour for you. During this time, the first examinations can also be carried out.

How can you imagine an initial cardiological examination?

After completing a few formalities at our reception, take a seat in the waiting room.

Together with our doctor, you will work out your medical history: a list of previous illnesses, operations, medications you are taking, but also risk factors to which you could be exposed. If necessary, the questions posed by your family doctor will also be discussed. Afterwards, a short physical examination is carried out to determine your general condition (pulse, blood pressure, weight and height).

This may be followed by the first diagnostic cardiac examinations, such as measuring your heart rhythm by means of an ECG, visualising your heart activity by means of a cardiac ultrasound and testing your heart activity under stress on an ergometer.

If possible, our doctor will discuss the findings with you directly after the examination. If further examinations need to be carried out or data evaluated, you will meet again at another appointment.

Frequently asked questions about the first visit

Compulsory Health Insurance (KVG)
All outpatient services provided by us in our practice are billed according to the Tarmed tariff and are covered by the compulsory health insurance according to the swiss KVG. Certain medications that we require as part of a transoesophageal echocardiography or during a stress echo are an exception to this.

Outpatient interventions at the Hirslanden Klinik im Park (mandatory without overnight stay / discharge on the same day) are covered by compulsory health insurance in accordance with the KVG after prior approval of the costs.

Supplementary insurance area (VVG)
Inpatient stays at the Hirslanden Klinik im Park are possible if at least one of the following conditions is fulfilled:

  • You live in the canton of Schwyz, Glarus or Graubünden and have compulsory basic health insurance (KVG)
  • You have supplementary hospital insurance for the semi-private or private ward and your insurance company provides us with a cost approval
  • You pay for the hospital stay and the medical fees yourself.


Accident, military and disability insurance
Outpatient services which we provide within the framework of orders from accident, military or disability insurance are billed according to Tarmed tariff 01.08.00_BR_UVG/IVG/MVG and accordingly covered by the respective insurance company.

Non-compulsory services
For certain medicines used during procedures (TEE/stress echo), they are not covered by the compulsory health insurance according to KVG. Therefore, you will receive an invoice directly from us. This usually ranges between CHF 5 and CHF 25.

Services from third parties
Laboratory analyses are charged directly by laborteam w.

Laboratory analyses by Biovis Diagnostik MVZ GmbH (DE) and related services such as blood sampling and file study are not compulsory services and are not covered by compulsory health insurance under the KVG. These services must be paid for by the patients themselves.

The test takes about one hour, including preparation and follow-up.

More about the stress echo test here.

As long as possible. However, the duration of this test varies from patient to patient. The stress test usually lasts about 5-10 minutes. 

More about the stress ECG.

Including pre- and post-treatment, a TEE () takes about one hour and takes place directly in the Heart Centre. More about the TEE.

Of course, you always have a free choice of doctor. Please tell us which doctor you would like to be treated by.

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