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Patient Resources at Carolina Cardiology Associates

Carolina Cardiology Associates seeks to provide our patients with resources they need to learn more about their condition, know what to expect when they come in for a procedure, and save time with downloadable forms they can fill out before their appointment.

What to Expect

At your first visit with Carolina Cardiology Associates, a Cardiologist you will get a thorough review of your medical history, including an assessment of risk factors for coronary artery disease. Blood pressure, heart rate and an electrocardiogram will be obtained. The cardiologist will review the results with and answer all your cardiac questions or concerns.

What types of heart disease requires surgery as treatment?

Coronary Artery Disease most often requires surgery and can result from a build-up of plaque from cholesterol. Valvular Heart Disease is when heart valves are abnormally formed or damaged by infection, so corrective surgery is necessary. Congenital heart disease can occur in childhood or adulthood and requires surgery to treat. Aortic aneurysms and heart tumors also need to be corrected or removed surgically.

How long does surgery recovery usually take?

While specific recovery times vary with each patient and procedure, patients can usually leave the hospital 4 to 5 days after surgery, with full recovery time taking an average of six weeks.

Why does a doctor order a stress test (or EKG)?

The test is performed to determine the likelihood of having coronary artery disease, identify abnormal heart rhythms, evaluate how effective your current treatment plan is, and determine a safe exercise program.

How can sleep studies detect heart problems?

While sleep studies may not uncover heart problems directly, undetected sleep disorders can lead to heart problems. The results of a sleep study can detect a heart-related issue early, which can make a big difference in treatment and recovery time.

Are the dyes used in contrast tests harmful?

In very rare cases, the dye used in kidney contrast tests can cause CIN disorder; however, only 2% of people develop this. Most of the time, dyes used in these and other tests have no negative effects on the body.

How is the tilt table test done?

The tilt-table test, used to uncover the cause of fainting, involves placing a patient on a table with a foot support, then tilting the table upward. It may start in a horizontal position and be tilted to a vertical one, recording the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, and any symptoms during the test. Depending on the results, the patient may be admitted to the hospital for further testing. The person may feel lightheaded, nauseated, sweaty, or weak during the test, and these symptoms can help determine the cause of an episode of unconsciousness.

Patient Forms

For your convenience, we have the New Patient Form, Contact Information Form, and the Patient Consent Form available here. Please click on the PDF links below to download them, fill them out, print them, and bring them with you to your appointment. By filing out these forms ahead of time, it may expedite your visit to the office.

Online Resources

The American Heart Association is a great resource for implementing straightforward, easy to follow dietary recommendations to keep your heart healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

Heart Healthy Weight Loss

Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness.

Quitting Smoking

Don’t smoke, vape or use tobacco or nicotine products. Try to avoid secondhand smoke or vapor as well.

Heart Health tips

Regular exercise, weight maintenance, and a healthy diet go a long way towards a healthy heart.

Cardiovascular studies

The team at Carolina Cardiology Associates is highly skilled in the scientific methodology, standard of care, and ever-changing regulatory requirements that are necessary to bring drugs and devices that treat or prevent heart disease to market.

Video Library

The experienced physicians at Carolina Cardiology Associates are committed to the health of every patient who walks through our doors. We understand the challenges of cardiovascular disease and will work with you to provide treatment, education, and a plan for the future to help you live your healthiest life.