Frequently Asked Questions

When should you see a Cardiologist?

Your primary care physician will usually recommend you be seen by a cardiologist, usually to help manage risk factors for heart disease or to evaluate symptoms that may be evidence of existing heart disease.

How do I prepare for my first appointment?

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to fill out new patient forms. Please bring your health insurance cards, referral form if necessary, copay, full list of all medications including dosage and frequency, name and phone of primary care physician, and recent test results. If you have to cancel please notify the office at least 24 hours in advance.

What insurance plans do we participate with?

We participate with most plans, including Medicare. Please call your insurance company for confirmation or the office with any additional questions.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

Call 911 or go directly to the emergency room. The physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you call after the office is closed the answering service will contact the on-call physician who will then call you back.

How do I prepare for a test?

Cardiac catheterization – No food or drink for at least 6 hours. Let us know if you are allergic to iodine, contrast dye or shellfish.

Stress test – No food or drink for 6 hours. If exercising on a treadmill please wear gym clothes or loose fitting clothes and bring sneakers.

Echo – No special preparation.

Holter – No special preparation. Remember you can’t shower for the 24 or 48 hours you are wearing the monitor.

Carotid Ultrasound – No special preparation

How do I get a prescription refill?

Please call the office at 201-568-3690 during regular office hours for prescription refills. Please allow 24 hours for all renewals unless an emergency.

When can I come for a blood test, including a Coumadin check?

Our Coumadin clinic and phlebotomy clinic have open hours. No appointment is necessary. Please remember to bring in your prescription. Also remember to fast for 10 hours if your cholesterol is being checked.