CardioSD Procedures

Office Procedures

A brief description of each procedure can be found by clicking on the procedures description below. Further information can be obtained by visiting the American Heart Organization Web Site under the Heart & Stroke encyclopedia. Please be advised that information found on any Web site is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always check with your physician for any questions or concerns & to receive instructions for care!

Office Procedures: These procedures are performed and/or supervised by one of our board certified Cardiologists at our Vandalia and Centerville offices.
Your physician has ordered testing that has been scheduled at our office. Please take the time to review the general instructions for the test you have been scheduled. If you have further questions about the study, please contact our office at 937-454-9527 ext. 3020 to reach our Special Procedures Department.

If you need to speak to the scheduler about your appointment time, please dial extension 3004. We require a minimum of 24 hours notice (Monday through Thursday testing) if you need to cancel or reschedule. If you are scheduled for Monday, the cancellation must be received by noon on Friday to avoid possible charges for supplies or medications that are non returnable and are ordered specifically for each patient. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding of this request. Please verify insurance with our scheduler, as many of these tests require precertification by your insurance company.

The following procedures are performed at our north and south offices.

General Instructions for all procedures

  • Please bring your insurance card, insurance referral if necessary, and a list of your medications. If you are diabetic please bring your medications and supplies with you.
  • Do not eat or dring anything 6 hours before your test is schduled to begin.
  • After your morning shower, please do not apply any lotions or powders, especially to your arms and chest. Please wear deodorant.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, exercise shoes, that tie, (no sandals, high heels, flip flops of steel toed boots), and a short sleeved shirt. Please do not wear sweatshirts. Please refrain from wearing dresses or skirts, if possible
  • Please bring a snack along with you to eat after the stress test.
  • Please give us a 24 hour notice before canceling (call (937) 454-9527) or you will be charged the price of the nuclear medicine. You could be charged up to $200.00 if you do not give appropriate notice and this will not be billed to your insurance company.
  • Please do not bring small children to your testing, they are not permitted in the testing areas.

Cardiolte Treadmill/Adenosine/Lexiscan Stress Test (3-4 hours)

  • Even the smallest amounts of the following substances will result in cancellation of your test.
  • Do not eat or drink any food, beverage or medication containing caffeine (including decaffeinated beverages) 24 hours prior to your test. This includes: Soda, Decaf Soda, Tea, Decaf Tea, Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Cocoa, Iced Tea, Chocolate, Chocolate Milk, Anacin, Excedrin, Darvon, Cafregot, Fiorinal, No Doz, Syna/Gosdc, Vanquish, Wigraine, Norgesic
  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your test is scheduled to begin.
  • You may take your medications as usual with small sips of water only. If you are on a Beta Blocker or some Calcium Channel Blockers do not take 24 hours prior to the test. Unless otherwise told by your physician. This includes: Toprol XL, Procardia, Verelan, Labetolol/Trandate, Lopressor, Inderal, Caduet, Carvedilol, Metoprolol, Tenormin, Cardizem, Coreg, Nadolol, Ziac, Atenolol, Covera, Verapamil
  • Adenosine/Lexiscan patients only: You will be given a medication to simulate exercise. If you are able to walk, you will be walking slowly on a flat treadmill for 4 minutes while the medication is given. If you are unable to walk, you will be given the medication while you are sitting in a chair.
  • Adenosine/Lexiscan patients only: Do not take any medication containing THEOPHYLLINE or PERSANTINE 24 hours prior to your test. This includes: Aerolat, Brokody, Constant-T, Aggrenox, Quibron, Respbid, Slo-Bid, Sustaire, Slo-phyllin, Theo-24, Theo-dur Theochron, Theovent, Theolair, Theobid, Theophylline, Theospan, Uniphyl, Theoclear LA, Elixophyllin, Theo-Organidin, Theo-Sav, Primatene, Persantine, Trental

Dobutamine Stress Test (3 – 4 hours) /Dobutamine Stress Echo (1-1/2 hours)

  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your test.
  • You may take your medications as usual with small sips of water only. If you are on a Beta Blocker or some Calcium Channel Blockers do not take 24 hours prior to the test. Unless otherwise told by your physician. This includes: Toprol XL, Procardia, Verelan, Labetolol/Trandate, Lopressor, Inderal, Caduet, Carvedilol, Metoprolol, Tenormin, Cardizem, Coreg, Nadolol, Ziac, Atenolol, Covera, Verapamil

Treadmill Stress Test/Stress Echo (approximately 1 Hour).

  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the test. No caffeine beverages or chocolate during the 6 hour fasting period.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, preferably button down short sleeved shirt, and exercise shoes; ex: gym shoes or tied shoes (no sandals, high heels, flip flops or steel toed boots). Please refrain from wearing dresses, skirts, full slips or sweatshirts.
  • Medications may be taken prior to the test with small sips of water only. If you are on a Beta Blocker or Calcium Channel Blocker do not take 24 hours prior to the test. Unless otherwise told by your physician. This includes: Toprol XL, Procardia, Verelan, Labetolol/Trandate, Lopressor, Inderal, Caduet, Carvedilol, Metoprolol, Tenormin, Cardizem, Coreg, Nadolol, Ziac, Atenolol, Covera, Verapamil

Renal Duplex Ultrasound (1 hour) or Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound (30 min)

  • Low fat meal the evening prior. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Avoid any food that causes you gas the day before your test.
  • No smoking or gum chewing the day of your test.
  • You may take your medications with a small sip of water only.

Disclaimer: The information from this site is not meant to be a substitute for your physician’s instruction or advice, but another form of providing basic information to our patients. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health professional before starting any new treatment.