How can I prepare for my appointment?
How do I reschedule or cancel an appointment?
If I am diagnosed with heart disease or vascular disease, what are my treatment options?
What can I do to avoid heart disease?
Q. What are your office hours?
A. Our office hours vary between offices and we recommend that you please contact the office that is most convenient for you to schedule an appointment. We are closed on the following holidays: January 1st, Memorial day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Q. How can I prepare for my appointment?
A. Please assist us by remembering to bring the following to your appointment:
- Referral form (for HMO insurance, if required).
- Insurance cards and a means of identification such as a driver’s license or social security card.
- List of current medications you are taking including prescriptions, over the counter medications, and any herbs.
- Please bring any pertinent cardiac and vascular testing or records you or your referring physician may have.
- Important questions you would like to ask the doctor.
Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. Please find your physician’s location that is best for you and contact that office directly. All locations and phone numbers can be found on this web site under locations.
Q. How do I reschedule or cancel an appointment?
A. Please call the office as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment. It is very important to give a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are having a nuclear stress test. Very expensive isotopes are ordered for your case and are wasted if we are not notified that you are unable to have the test completed. You may be subject to a cancellation charges. Thank you.
Q. If I am diagnosed with heart disease or vascular disease, what are my treatment options?
A. Many heart as well as vascular conditions can be treated without surgery. Today’s treatments include many new medications and non-surgical procedures such as balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, and stents. Patients can also greatly improve their health by making positive lifestyle changes. Your Cardiologist can consult you on the most advanced options available to treat your specific condition.
Q. What can I do to avoid heart disease?
A. Each of us has our own set of risk factors for heart disease. Taken together, these factors indicate the likelihood that we will develop heart problems. There are two kinds of risk factors: those you cannot change, such as your age, gender, and family history; and those you can change, such as diet, exercise, and smoking. Health conditions such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes can be more or less important as risk factors, depending on how you manage them. Even if you know all your risk factors, you won’t know for sure if you will get heart disease. However, you will get an idea of your risk for heart disease and of whether you should be making lifestyle changes to help reduce that risk. Further there may be medications that can be prescribed by your cardiologist that can reduce your risk factors, such as a medication that lowers your “bad” cholesterol level. We recommend that your best first step is to meet with one of our skilled clinicians to establish what your current condition is and what modifications or medications could possible benefit you.