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Patient Resources

Here are some resources you may find useful.  We will work at adding to this, so check this for more information in the future.  If you have questions, please contact us directly.

 

Insurance and Payment Information

We take many insurance plans, including Medicare.  Below is a list of those that we see most commonly.  If your insurance plan is not listed below please call our office and ask if your plan is accepted.  If you do not have insurance, fees will need to be paid at the time of your appointment.  Please feel free to call if you have any questions.  For payments for services or co-payments we accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.

 

  • Medicare
  • AvMed
  • Neighboorhood Health Partnership
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare
  • Great-West Heathcare
  • MultiPlan Network
  • PHCS
  • Aetna
  • First Choice
  • Coventry
 

Patient Forms

 

New Patient Registration Form
Please download and complete this form. Bring this to your first appointment. This will save you time on your appointment day.

Patient Bill of Rights
Privacy Policy
Blood Pressure Record Keeper
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Questionnaire

 

Educational Handouts and Information

 

Click on this link below to access educational information and printable handouts on a variety of health conditions and medications.
http://fromyourdoctor.com/smcardiology/health/library.do

 

What do I need to do for my procedure?

 

This is a common question we receive for our patients undergoing various procedures. Here is some information on how to prepare for some of the more common procedures performed.

 

Stress Test:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your stress test.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that you are comfortable walking in.
  • Do not have anything containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate starting the night before your test.
  • Do not apply any body lotion or creams on your chest on the day of the test.
  • If you take insulin for your diabetes, please bring your insulin with you.
  • Expect the test to take from 2 to 4 hours total time
  • If you need to cancel, please give 24-hour notice. Very costly medications are ordered specifically for your test. If you fail to provide notice for your cancellation you may be charged for the cost of these medications.

Cardiac Catheterization:

(Also called Cardiac Cath or Coronary Angiogram)

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. If the procedure is scheduled in the afternoon you may have a light breakfast of liquids (water, coffee, juice, jello, yoghurt).
  • Please arrive in the hospital at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled procedure. This is necessary in order to complete paperwork, start an IV, and prepare you for the procedure.
  • Do not take any diuretics (such as lasix, furosemide, bumex, torsemide) on the day of your procedure.
  • If you take Metformin (Glucophage), do not take this medication the day before your procedure and do not restart this until 2 days after the procedure. This medication and the dye used in the procedure can cause a rare, but serious reaction, in some patients.
  • Please take all of your remaining medications on the day of your procedure unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Plan to have someone available to drive you home as you will not be able to drive the day of your procedure.

 

Useful Websites and Resources

Here are provided links to websites and resources that you may find helpful.

South Miami Heart Center
- We are members of the South Miami Heart Center and their website contains educational information on a variety of cardiac conditions.

South Miami Hospital
- We perform the majority of our inpatient procedures at South Miami Hospital, which is part of Baptist Health South Florida. Procedures such as cardiac catheterization, transesophageal echocardiogram, cardioversion will be scheduled in this hospital.

American Heart Association
- The AHA website contains a wealth of reliable educational information about prevention of cardiac disease and many cardiac conditions. The section on Getting Healthy provides tips and advice applicable to all patients on living a “Heart Healthy Lifestyle.”

SmokeFree.gov
- If you smoke, quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do in your life to prevent progression of coronary and vascular disease, reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, in addition to reduce your risk of lung and other cancer. Consult this website for information that may help you quit and provides non-biased information on some of the medications used to help you quit smoking.

CardioSmart
- CardioSmart is a patient education and empowerment initiative created by the American College of Cardiology. Their mission is to help individuals prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.  You may find this website and its resources helpful for managing your condition.