Get answers to common questions about our
General Cardiology services in Barrie, Ontario and area.

What can I eat before my test?

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, have a light meal only.

How long do I have to wait for results?

Most cardiac tests can be done within a week’s time so answers are quick and anxieties are alleviated.

What is S.A.F.E Testing©?

S. A. F. E. Testing© is a philosophy of exercise stress testing uniquely developed and practiced by Dr. Visentin. Every test is supervised by the physician and manually adjusted to accommodate the person's capabilities. Evaluation encompasses a comprehensive assessment of all systems required to perform an exercise test, not just electrocardiogram assessment.

What do I wear for the exercise test?

Please come with comfortable walking shoes. You will be asked to undress from the waist up and a patient gown will be given to you.

How long will the test take?
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): 10 minutes
  • Exercise Test: 8 to 12 min, total time 30 minutes
  • Holter Hookup: 10 minutes, need to return monitor within 24 or 48 hours later. Drop box available outside office.
  • Loop Hookup: 20 minutes, need to return monitor within 2 weeks
  • Echocardiogram: 45 minutes
  • Stress Echo: 75 minutes
  • Blood Pressure Monitor Hookup: 10 minutes
Will I be safe during my test?

The ECG, Holters, Loops, Echos are completely safe. A physician is present for all exercise stress tests to ensure the patient is safe and well cared for.

What do I do with my medications?

Take all medications as usual unless directed otherwise by the referring practitioner. Before chelation, make sure you have had a good meal.

What do I do if I have to cancel my appointment?

Please call South Simcoe Cardiac Services at 705-735-4685 to rebook your appointment. If you no longer wish the test, please call your healthcare practitioner to discuss your concerns.