Your Procedure Visit - What to Expect New and advanced diagnostic tests and tools are constantly being introduced to further understand the complexity of disease, injury, and congenital (present at birth) or acquired cardiac abnormalities. Many tests, such as an EKG, holter monitor, pacemaker check and others require no special preparation and are performed in an exam room. Below is an example of what you may expect for an echocardiogram procedure, which is similar to other diagnostic procedures at Highland Cardiology. Prior To Your Procedure Visit You will receive a reminder phone call one to two days prior to your visit. Most procedures require no special preparation. To see if your procedure does require special preparation, please download our procedure instructions. Upon Arrival in Our Office, Our Friendly Receptionist Will Welcome You We will ask to see photo ID and your insurance card We will also ask you to confirm your phone number, address, etc. Due to the length of the procedure, we recommend that you use the restroom after check-in and before being called to the procedure room. You Will be Escorted to the Clinical Area And We will explain the procedure and answer your questions about the test We will listen and learn about any pain or discomfort you have experienced We will confirm any allergies and your medical information. Depending on the test, you may be asked to change into a gown. Some procedures require that we start an IV. For ultrasound tests, you will lie down while images are being recorded. These images are created by sound waves from your heart. You may be asked to turn on your side. For exercise stress tests, you will be guided to the treadmill and then back to the stretcher for more images. At the end of your procedure you will change into your clothes and be assisted with any special needs you may have. Due to time and space constraints, we ask family members and friends to wait in the reception area during your testing. If you have an appointment with a cardiologist following your procedure, family members/driver are welcome to join you. Following Your Procedure If you are scheduled for an appointment with a cardiologist following your procedure, you will be escorted to the waiting room while your cardiologist reads your study. You will then be escorted to the next available exam room where your cardiologist will review the test results and develop a treatment plan If you do not have an appointment with a cardiologist following your procedure, your sonographer will inform you of next steps. This may include a call from your cardiologist with the test results. For your own peace of mind you may want to check with your insurance carrier to confirm services are covered. Each patient’s insurance coverage may vary. ICAEL Accreditation – A Seal of Approval Patients Can Trust Highland Cardiology's procedure (testing) lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). By voluntarily submitting to a review of our daily operations, we demonstrate a commitment to performance quality and meet nationally recognized standards.