Patient Resources

New Patients

If you are a new patient of our practice and have already scheduled your appointment, please find a printable version of our New Patient Packet below. After your visit, please sign up for our Patient Portal. This is a great way to communicate with our office.

  • It is important you bring the following information to your first visit:
  • Relevant Medical Records – those that pertain to your cardiac problem and any recent blood work.
  • All your medications and supplements (in the original containers)
  • Insurance cards
  • Copay or deductible
  • Referral form (if applicable)

New Patient Forms

Glossary of Terms

Arrhythmia

An abnormal heartbeat may be completely benign (no problem) or be a serious problem especially if it causes shortness of breath, chest discomfort, dizziness or fainting.

Atrial Fibrillation

A common type of arrhythmia causing an irregular heartbeat. May cause palpitations, lack of energy, dizziness, chest discomfort, shortness of breath or no symptoms at all.

How hard the heart has to work to pump blood to the body. Systolic (top number) the greatest force the left ventricle pumps. Diastolic (bottom number) pressure of the resting phase of the heart.

Blood Pressure

How hard the heart has to work to pump blood to the body. Systolic (top number) the greatest force the left ventricle pumps. Diastolic (bottom number) pressure of the resting phase of the heart.

Bradycardia

Heart rate below 60 beats per minute.

Bundle Branch Block

When the electrical impulse to generate the heartbeat takes longer than 12 milliseconds.

Cholesterol

An important product of the liver, used in metabolism. Also found in animal products such as meat, eggs, cheese, and butter. In excess can cause blockage of the arteries.

Coronary Artery Disease

Blockage or narrowing of the arteries of the heart

Diabetes

The body’s inability to control sugar due to the pancreas being unable to produce enough or any insulin. Can be controlled by diet, pills or Insulin.

Diet and Nutrition

For most people with heart problems includes low fat, low cholesterol and low salt. Eating mostly poultry or fish, avoiding fried foods, low fat dairy, and only 1-2 eggs per week and lean beef or pork when eaten.

Electrophysiology Study

A test done by feeding wires in to the right atrium of the heart through the femoral vein. Done to determine if any electrical defects are present in the heart.

Heart Block

The electrical impulse from the top part of the heart (atrium) to the bottom (ventricle) is delayed or blocked. Usually due to injury (heart attack) or abnormal chemistries in the blood.

Heart Failure

The pumping force of the heart (ejection fraction or EF) is weaker than normal. Can cause
shortness of breath, swelling in the ankles, increase in weight and tiredness.

Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia

When the heart is normal but has an unusually fast pulse at rest and activity. Is usually harmless but can cause damage to the heart’s ability to pump it prolonged.

Long QT Syndrome

Abnormality of the heart’s electrical function the mechanical (pumping) function is normal. The electrical problem is caused by defects in the heart muscle cell structure. This defect can make a person prone to a heart arrhythmia called Torsade de Pointes which can cause fainting and death.

Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVC’s)

Heartbeat generated by the bottom (ventricles) of the heart.

Sick Sinus Syndrome (Tachy-Brady Syndrome)

A malfunction in the electrical impulse in the heart. Usually causing the heart to slow down and speed up without cause. May require a pacemaker.

Stokes Adams Disease

Sudden collapse (syncope) due to an arrhythmia in which a slowed or no pulse causes decreased blood flow. Usually caused by a heart block.

Tachycardia

Heart rate above 100 beats per minute.

Ventricular Fibrillation

When the bottom (ventricles) part of the heart does not pump (EKG shows a wavy line and no rhythm). There is no pulse and death occurs if not immediately treated.

Ventricular Tachycardia

When the bottom (ventricles) of the heart initiates a fast heart beat-more than 5-6 premature ventricular contractions (PVC’s) in a row.