Patient Resources

One of our primary goals at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is to ensure your experience with us is as comfortable and smooth as possible. We’ve prepared this patient resource section to help you learn more about the administrative aspects of your care.

Patient Resources:



Why am I having this test: Reasons, Explanations & Testing Preparations
Aorta Duplex Instructions
Mesenteric Artery Doppler Ultrasound Intestinal Arteries Instructions
Venous Doppler Ultrasound Instructions

SLEEP LABORATORY INSTRUCTIONS: Your doctor has scheduled you for a sleep study at one of our sleep disorders centers. We have two state of the art facilities for your convenience, each with secure private comfortable rooms, closets for your personal belongings and cable television. View the Overnight Sleep Study Instructions. 

SLEEP STUDY QUESTIONNAIRE Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, please complete the sleep study questionnaire and fax or mail to our main office. If you have any questions, please contact us during office hours at 904.493.3333. Sleep Study Questionnaire

This is a scale intended to measure daytime sleepiness. It is measured by a very short questionnaire. This can be helpful in diagnosing sleep disorders. Learn More About Epworth Sleepiness Scale.

NUCLEAR STRESS TEST The purpose of your test is to determine if and/or where you have coronary artery disease and to find, if any, blockages in the vessels of your heart muscle. We do this by taking two pictures of your heart. Nuclear Stress Test Instructions

TREADMILL STRESS TEST We will record your baseline parameters, including heart rate and blood pressure. Our office follows the standardized exercise protocols of increasing speed and increasing elevation to attain the appropriate target heart rate for your age. Once you’ve finished exercising, you will continue to be monitored until your baseline levels are achieved. Treadmill Stress Test Instructions

RENAL ULTRASOUND The purpose of this test is to determine if you have any blockages in your renal arteries and/or kidneys by ultrasound. Renal Ultrasound Instructions

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND The purpose of this test is to determine if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. If this test was scheduled for you, your physician possibly heard a loud noise in your stomach, often called a bruit. Sometimes that can suggest an AAA. Abdominal Ultrasound Instructions

MUGA (Mutigated Acquisition) TEST A MUGA (Mutigated Acquisition) Scan is performed to evaluate the pumping action of the heart muscle and is used to measure the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body through the vascular system. MUGA Test Instructions

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