FAQ's about
Tests and Procedures

Our aim is to provide the best and most personalized cardiology treatment.

What is an EKG?
An EKG records electrical activity of the heart to identify signs of arrhythmia or heart conduction problems. This test takes approximately five minutes and is painless.

What is an Echocardiogram?
Echocardiogram, uses ultra sound technology to obtain images of the heart. This gives us an idea of how your heart is functioning. This procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

How long will it take to get diagnostic testing results?
We strive to have all tests analyzed and interpreted in a timely manner.  Results from most tests are usually given the same day.  If for some reason, we are unable to give the results that day we will have them interpreted within three days.  Laboratory work usually takes 24-48 hours for us to get back depending on the type of test ordered.

Why can’t I eat or drink for four hours before my stress test?
Any food or liquid consumption before the stress test increases nuclear activity in the stomach. This interferes with images of the heart which may lead to inaccurate diagnosis.

What is a heart catheterization and why do I need one?
A heart catheterization - otherwise known as heart cath, coronary angiogram or coronary arteriograms - is an invasive test to identify blockages in the coronary arteries or valvular heart disease. This information enables your cardiologist to appropriately treat you either with invasive therapy, medications or coronary artery bypass surgery.

What is an angioplasty or coronary intervention?
Angioplasty or coronary intervention involves clearing a blockage in your coronary artery either with a balloon or some other device. Usually a stent is placed after the angioplasty.

What is a stent?
A stent is a spring-like device. It is placed inside a blockage after a balloon procedure to prevent it from collapsing and blocking the artery again.

If I have a heart cath will I have to spend the night in the hospital?
This depends on the findings of the cardiac cath procedure. Usually, if a stent is placed we observe the patient in the hospital overnight. If no stent or bypass surgery is required patients are discharged the same day. If bypass surgery is required, hospitalization vs discharge will depend on the severity of the cardiac condition.

When will I know the results of the procedure?
As soon as your sedation has worn off, the physician will speak with you directly about the results of the procedure. Families will be informed right after the procedure ends.  They will be able to see you within an hour after the procedure.

How long will it take for your office to fill out disability, FMLA, or other paperwork?
Most forms are non-urgent in nature. We make every effort to have your paper work completed within 7-10 business days. This time lag is due to the large volume of requests.  We do understand the importance of these forms and will make an effort to have them completed as soon as possible.

How long will it take to get cardiac clearance for a non-emergency surgical procedure?
This will depend upon type of surgery you are going to have, your cardiac condition and recent testing. Usually we require at least two weeks to complete any non emergent surgical clearances.

What should I do if I need a copy of my records?
Patient records are confidential. If you need a copy to be sent to another party, you must sign a written approval to release the information. It may take 2-3 weeks to make copies of your entire medical records.

Will my cardiologist refill all my medications?
Our policy is to refill only cardiac medications which we prescribe. For non cardiac medications, please contact your primary care physician or other specialist who originally prescribed your medications.