What To Expect

At Florida Heart & Vascular Multi Specialty Group, you can expect to find caring people caring for people, access to world-renowned medical innovation and nationally-recognized heart and vascular experts, right in your backyard.

The following information will help prepare you for what to expect before, during, and after your interventional cardiac procedure. It should serve only as a guide, as treatment will vary for each patient. A nurse will review specific instructions with you before your procedure.

Preparing for your CT

CT Preparations – Please arrive 30 minutes before you scheduled appointment.

#1– No Contrast
There is no preparations that you will need to perform.

#2– Oral Contrast Only
You will need to pick-up a contrast drink from 1 of our 7 locations. (which ever is convenient for you). Please follow the instructions on the hand out

Please, let the scheduler know which location you are going to so we can have the drink ready for you.

#3- Oral & IV Contrast
You will need to have labs drawn prior to your test. The scheduler will make an appointment for you at 1 of our 4 labs locations. You will also need to pick up a contrast drink from this location as well.

#4– IV Contrast Only
You will need to have labs drawn prior to you test. The scheduler will make an appointment for you at 1 of our 4 labs locations.

For Those who are allergic to Iodine

#5- Oral Contrast Only
You will need to pick-up a contrast drink from 1 of our 7 locations. (which ever is convenient for you). Please follow the instructions on the hand out.

Please, let the scheduler know which location you are going to so we can have the drink ready for you.

6- Oral & IV Contrast
You will need to have labs drawn prior to your test. he scheduler will make an appointment for you at 1 of our 4 labs locations. You will also need to pick up a contrast drink from this location as well. You must also be pre-medicated as the doctor or nurse will advise to you.

Please, let the scheduler know which location you are going to so we can have the drink ready for you.

#7- IV Contrast Only
You will need to have labs drawn prior to you test. The scheduler will make an appointment for you at 1 of our 4 labs locations. You must also be pre-medicated as the doctor or nurse will advise to you.

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Preparing for your PET Scan

PET Scan Instructions

  • Fast for 6 hours prior to test. No solid food or dairy products
  • No caffeinated or decaffeinated products 24 hours prior to test (coffee, soda, chocolate, etc.)
  • You may drink water
  • No smoking 24 hours prior to test
  • Please no jewelry and wear comfortable clothes
  • Take medications as usual, unless instructed otherwise
  • Please do not take any medications containing caffeine (theophylline type Medications)

*If you are claustrophobic, come 30 minutes before appointment time for medication and bring someone with you to drive after the test is complete.
*The test usually takes 45 minutes to complete
*Diabetic Patients: You may have clear liquids, water, fruit juice, toast, fruits, or Jell-O. Keep in mind, the less you eat the more accurate your test will be. If you are insulin dependent, please use only half a dose until after the test.

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Preparing for your Sleep Study

Why am I having a sleep study done?

A sleep study can provide a detailed evaluation to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Just as an x-ray uncovers a broken bone, a sleep study can uncover a problem in your sleep patterns.

If you do have a sleep disorder, it is important to be diagnosed and treated. Sleep disorders can contribute to other diseases and conditions such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and depression.

A common sleep breathing disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), is caused by the airway closing and preventing the flow of air into the lungs. The resulting pauses in breathing can occur 30 times or more per hour. Without effective treatment, people with OSA may be at risk of developing a number of serious health conditions.

And, because of the excessive daytime sleepiness that exists with OSA, drivers who have untreated OSA can become a hazard to themselves and others while on the road. The goal of being tested, diagnosed and treated for sleep disorder is to help you realize a better quality of sleep and an enhanced quality of life going
forward.

View our Sleep Lab video.

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Preparing for your Nuclear Stress Test

  • Please do not wear any neck jewelry.
  • There are no locker rooms to change into gym clothes.
  • Everyone is encouraged to bring a warm jacket/sweater and a good book, the day of the exam.
  • Please take all your medications according to physician’s directions.
  • There are no side affects from this procedure, and you can drive your vehicle after the test.
  • You may want to bring a sandwich and/or snack with you. We do furnish some snacks while you wait.

Other Important Info:
CHEMICAL STRESS TEST
TAKE ALL YOUR MEDICATIONS.

EXERCISE STRESS TEST
DON’T TAKE BETA BLOCKERS THE MORNING OF TEST, BUT BRING THEM WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

  • TENORETIC
  • COREG
  • ATENOLOL
  • SOTALOL
  • TENORMIN
  • BETAPACE
  • LOPRESSOR

If you are scheduled for a Nuclear Cardiac Stress Test, You have a restricted diet.
NO CAFFEINE 4 HOURS PRIOR TO STRESS TEST

Some foods like chocolate, Coke, coffee, and tea contain caffeine. Even decaffeinated products need to be avoided because they still contain some caffeine.

NO DAIRY PRODUCTS 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
You may have clear liquids, water, fruit juice, Jell-O, fruits, toast, and clear broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable). If you are a diabetic, eat what you must to manage your condition, keeping in mind, the less you eat, the more accurate your test results will be. If you are insulin dependent, please take half your insulin dose at the regularly scheduled time, UNLESS OTHER WISE INSTRUCTED BY YOUR DOCTOR.

MALE patients are encouraged to wear two-piece outfits with walking shoes. DO NOT wear cowboy boots, shirts with metal snaps, or overalls.

FEMALE patients are encouraged to wear a two-piece outfit, with walking shoes. Please DO NOT wear a dress with heels, large buttons, glue-design sweatshirts, body shapers, full slips, perfumes, lotions, or powders.

What is Nuclear Cardiology?
Nuclear Cardiology is a specialty of Nuclear Medicine that enables the physician to evaluate the blood flow within the myocardium. There are no dyes or contrast used in this procedure. You will be injected with a radioactive isotope, so images can be obtained. A camera will surround the patient for a period of 18 minutes. If you are claustrophobic, now is a good time to discuss this condition with the physician. The exam will tak approximately 3 1/2 — 6 hours to complete, depending on the number of patients scheduled that day. Since this procedure will take up most of the day, DO NOT make any appointments the day of this procedure. Nuclear Medicine is a function of time, please be patient and prepare yourself for a long day. Seating is limited to patients, please be conscious of the number of friends that you invite. Due to the use of radiation, only the patient will be allowed into the work area. We encourage the spouse to remain in the waiting room.

A 24-hour notice to cancel the procedure is mandatory, since the radioactive isotopes are ordered specifically for your test. You will be charged $600 for the isotopes, if you fail to give proper notice.

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