Is cardiac catheterization a risky procedure?
The risk of cardiac catheterization is low; approximately a 1 in 1000 chance of a complication, ranging from stroke, heart attack, bleeding, infection and death.

How long do I have to take my "heart medications?"

Your cardiac medications may be prescribed to treat a variety of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, irregular heart beats. Do not stop taking your cardiac medications without checking with your Cardiologist's office first.

How do I know if I am at risk for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)?

The major risk factors for the development of CAD include: hypertension, being overweight, inactivity/lack of exercise, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and having a first degree relative who developed CAD prior to the age of 50 years.

What should I wear for my stress test?
You should dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing and wear tennis shoes.

If I have chest pain, what should I do?
Call 911 immediately if your symptoms are persistent or severe.

Will I have my testing done the same day of my appointment?
Not necessarily. The type of stress test best for you is chosen by your Cardiologist after a thorough history, physical exam, and assessment. Some tests may require you to be fasting or hold certain medications prior to testing.

How long will I be there for a nuclear stress test?

You need to allow up to 3 hours for test completion.

When will I know my test results?
You will be notified within five business days of your test result either by mail or by phone. If your tests results are abnormal, you will be notified by phone and given further instructions.

Top Health Library Resources

Risk Assessment for Cardiology

This risk assessment will help you identify your risks and will give you access to related information on heart disease and prevention.  There is a wealth of educational materials in the form of articles, videos, animations, diagrams, recipes and much more.  

Take the risk assessment. 

Heart Failure

What is heart failure?

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body’s other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. This occurs due to a weakened muscle. The heart attempts to compensate for this change by pumping faster and harder. In doing so, it becomes enlarged and stretched, thereby increasing its muscle mass. This works in the short term, but, eventually, the heart cannot keep up with its increased demands. Usually, the loss in the heart’s pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem.

Learn more about symptoms, causes, and ways to manage your Congestive Heart Failure.

Cardiology Forms

We recognize that an office visit can be a stressful time, especially if an exam or procedure is involved. To ease the confusion and anxiety that often comes with a procedure, we have posted several routine forms used by our providers to help patients prepare for and recover from certain tests.

Simply click on the name of the form to view or print it. Each form should also include a brief description which will help you determine if it is the appropriate form for your visit.  

For our patients' convenience, we have posted several routine instructions. Please read the instruction sheet associated with your test or procedure prior to the test your doctor has ordered. These forms can also be helpful post-procedure in those instances where forms have been lost or misplaced.

Our staff will review these same instructions during your visit.

Stress Testing Instructions

PDF icon Adenosine Cardiolite Stress Test

PDF icon Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

PDF icon Exercise Cardiolite Stress Test

PDF icon Routine Stress Test

PDF icon Stress Echocardiogram

Pre-Procedure Instructions

PDF icon Pre-Cardiac Catherization Instructions (MMC)

PDF icon Pre-Cardiac Catherization Instructions (St. John's)

PDF icon Pre-Pacemaker / AICD Instructions

PDF icon Pre-Pacemaker / AICD Instructions (St. John's)

PDF icon Procedure Instructions

Post-Procedure Instructions

PDF icon Post-Cath Instructions

PDF icon Post-Pacemaker / AICD Instructions


The health of our patients is always our top goal.  It is very rewarding for the physicians and the medical staff when we can make a difference in the recovery or improved health of individuals.  We often hear kind words and would like to share a few recent comments of our patients:

"My care in your office was excellent.  Thank you."

"Well satisfied with the treatment and results."

"My visit was very thorough and all questions were answered."

"I think my doctor is very professional and caring.  We are very satisfied and would highly recommend him."

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