FAQs

Our Frequently Asked Questions regarding cardiac and vascular health issues provide information about our services. Please browse through the questions and answers in the area of your concern.

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What is cardiac catheterization?

What does cardiac catheterization show?

How should I prepare for this procedure?

What should I expect?

What can I do when I return home? 

When should I call my doctor? 

What are the risks? 

How does the circulatory system work? 

What is claudication? 

What are the symptoms of claudication? 

What causes arteries to become blocked? 

How can I tell if I have arterial blockages? 

How is claudication diagnosed? 

How is claudication treated? 

What are the risks? 

What is congestive heart failure? 

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure? 

How is congestive heart failure diagnosed? 

How is congestive heart failure treated? 

What are the risks? 

What is coronary angioplasty? 

What do angioplasty and stenting do? 

What should I expect? 

What happens the day of the angioplasty? 

What happens after the angioplasty? 

What can I do when I return home? 

When should I call my doctor? 

How will I feel after the angioplasty? 

What are the risks? 

How does your heart work? 

What is bypass surgery? 

What causes a blocked artery? 

Where does atherosclerosis come from? 

How is the problem diagnosed? 

How do you determine if I need bypass surgery? 

How do I prepare for bypass surgery? 

What happens before bypass surgery? 

What happens during bypass surgery? 

What happens to the blockage? 

How will I feel after my bypass surgery? 

What can I do when I return home? 

What are the risks? 

What is electrophysiology? 

How does electricity work in my heart? 

How do I prepare for my electrophysiology study? 

How is the electrophysiology study done? 

How do the pacing wires work? 

What is ablation therapy? 

What happens next? 

What are the risks? 

How do I know if I have heart or circulatory disease? 

What are the risk factors for heart or circulatory disease? 

Why see a cardiologist? 

What will a cardiologist do? 

What is an echocardiogram? 

What is an electrophysiological (EP) Study? 

What is a stress test? 

What is a nuclear imaging test? 

What will the results of these tests tell the doctor? 

Should I know the signs of a heart attack? 

What are the risks? 

Is heart disease a concern for women? 

What are the risk factors and prevention? 

What are the symptoms or warning signs? 

How is heart disease diagnosed? 

What should I do if I suspect I have a heart problem? 

What are heart valves? 

What causes a heart valve problem? 

What is heart valve surgery? 

How do I prepare for heart valve surgery? 

What happens after surgery? 

What are the risks? 

What is the heart? 

What are the heart’s chambers? 

What are the heart’s valves? 

How do the chambers and valves work together? 

What are coronary arteries? 

How are heart problems diagnosed? 

What can I do? 

What is a pacemaker? 

Why do I need a pacemaker? 

What is done during pacemaker surgery? 

How will I feel with my new pacemaker? 

What may I do when I get home? 

When should I call my doctor? 

What about diet and activities? 

What about electrical interference? 

How does my pacemaker work? 

Can the battery/timer or wires of my pacemaker be changed? 

What are the risks? 

What is atherosclerosis? 

What is balloon angioplasty? 

How do I prepare for an angioplasty? 

What happens the day of my angioplasty? 

What happens after my angioplasty? 

How will I feel after my angioplasty? 

What can I do when I get home? 

When should I call my doctor? 

What are the risks? 

What is peripheral arterial disease? 

How is arterial blockage diagnosed? 

How is arterial blockage treated? 

What is bypass surgery? 

How do I prepare for bypass surgery? 

What happens before bypass surgery? 

How will I feel after bypass surgery? 

What can I do when I return home? 

When should I call my doctor? 

What are the risks? 

What does Cardiac Rehabilitation offer? 

Who benefits from cardiac rehabilitation? 

What is the Phase IV Maintenance program? 

What fees are covered by insurance? 

How do I enroll? 

How do I know if I have circulatory problems in my legs? 

What are the risk factors for peripheral vascular disease? 

Should I see a vascular specialist? 

What will a vascular specialist do? 

How can vascular disease be treated? 

What is an angioplasty? 

What is bypass surgery? 

What can I do? 

What are the risks? 

What are the causes and risk factors of congestive heart failure? 

What is the relation between sleep apnea and congestive heart failure? 

What testing/procedures are used in patients with congestive heart failure?