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Cardiology

General Internal Medicine Group uses non-invasive tests such as echocardiography and stress testing to diagnose and prevent heart-related illness and limit the need for invasive procedures such as surgery or heart catheterization.

Our cardiologist can see you for a consultation or to perform cardiac testing, with a referral from your primary care physician. All of our non-invasive cardiac stress testing and echocardiography is performed in-house and, in cases of cardiac illness, we will frequently consult with your practitioner to discuss your case. If an invasive procedure is felt to be necessary, you will be referred to an out-of-office cardiac specialist.

Cardiac Stress Echocardiogram

If you schedule a cardiac stress echo test with us to determine the condition of your heart, please follow the instructions below to prepare for your appointment:

  • Do not eat or drink anything for 3 hours prior to the exam
  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke for 3 hours prior to the exam
  • For 12 hours before the exam, do not perform any unusual physical exercise or activity
  • If you are on any medication, consult your physician to determine if you should take it as directed prior to the test.
  • Notable medications are beta-blocker blood pressure medications such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol/XL), and propranolol (Inderal/LA)
  • Please bring a list of all current medications with you for the exam
  • Wear running shoes and clothing suited for exercise, such as loose fitting pants/sweats or shorts and short-sleeve shirt. Women should wear a brassiere.
  • Please bring a towel for your personal use

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fairfax office at 703-573-9800.


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