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heart and valves 

Mountain States Cardiology
Preparing for a Cardiac Procedure
at SSH


Sycamore Shoals Hospital
1501 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Phone: (423) 542-1300

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  • Enter through the main entrance.
  • Check-in at the information desk
  • Check-in time will be determined by the type of procedure (see below)
  • Bring your order
  • If you have more than 1 test scheduled in the same week, please notify registration staff and technician—at times we can complete these in the same day, depending on the type of test, schedule, and MD availability

 


 

Procedures

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the procedure for registration, prep and resting films
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the test—NO CAFFIENE for 24 hrs prior to test.  Drink plenty of fluids the night before the test
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the test
  • Bring shoes (not sandals or slip-on) wear comfortable 2 piece clothing
  • Test may take up to 6 hours to complete

Holter Monitor

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Shower or bathe before the test (the monitor stays on for 24-48 hrs)
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • Test will take about 1 hour to complete

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Wear short sleeves, no sweatshirts or tight-sleeved clothing
  • Test will take about 1 hour to complete

EKG

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • Test will take about 30 minutes to complete

ECHO, CAROTID ULTRASOUND, ARTERIAL OR VENOUS DOPPLER, ABI

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test for registration
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • No diet restrictions, unless you are having another test which requires restriction of food or drink
  • Each of these tests may take up to an hour to complete.  If you have multiple procedures, plan for an hour for each