When should I see a Cardiologist?
Often your family doctor can address your health concerns, but for more complicated heart problems or symptoms that do not respond to treatment prescribed by your family doctor, it's time to see a Cardiologist. Sometimes your family doctor will refer you to a cardiologist for treatment suggestions or diagnostic tests. Chest pain or discomfort is the most comon reason to see a Cardiologist, as well as, a disturbance in your heart rhythm or unexplained shortness of breath.
Am I at risk for heart disease?
Through many years of studies and treatment of heart disease physicians have learned that certain characteristics increase your risk for developing heart disease. Unfortunately the more of these "risk factors" you have the greater your chances of developing heart disease. The "risk factors" are: - High blood pressure - High blood Cholesterol - Diabetes - Obesity - Smoking - Physical inactivity - Male gender or females over 55 - Increasing age - Family history of heart disease
Can I exercise after having a heart attack?
Yes. Most people who have recovered from a heart attack can play golf, take walks, swim, fish and enjoy similar activities with no problems. Exercise is healthy and recommended for most patients. Before beginning an exercise routine first talk with your cardiologist to discuss how much exercise is right for you.
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Being diagnosed with Congestive Heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped beating, it means that yur heart isn't pumping as efficiently as it should be. When the heart doesn't pump as efficiently as it should, the blood flow slows down and less blood is pumped. This causes a back-up of blood in the veins, which forces fluid from the blood vessels into the tissues of the feet and legs. This swelling is called "edema". This condition can be managed with medications and lifestyle modifications.
How do I get there?
Do I take my medication when I am fasting for labwork?
You may take any medications that do not require to be taken with food.
May I drink water before the labwork?
How long do I fast for labwork?
What do I wear if I am having a stress test?
Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
How long will I be there for testing?
Approximately one to one and one half hours
Do I need a referral to see a cardiologist?
All managed care (HMO) insurances require a referral
What hospitals do the doctors work out of?
look at the Hospital affiliations page Click here
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, a 24 hour notice is required for all testing to avoid a "no-show" appointment charge. This is explained at the time the appointment is scheduled.