Patient Center

Dr. Longoria believes in keeping his patients well informed and prepared for heart procedures, including what to expect during pre-operative testing, your hospital stay, post surgical recovery and rehabilitation if you are in need for it.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a heart and vascular condition or you are undergoing surgery or a minimally invasive heart procedure, you can expect exceptional care with Dr. Longoria.

Best Cardiothoracic Surgery Procedures - Dr. James Longoria

Becoming our patient

Dr. Longoria understands the emotional burden placed on a patient and their families when a referral is made to a cardiothoracic surgeon regarding the need for heart surgery.  Whether it is for a simple or complicated procedure he understands this can be a challenging time.  He goals are to alleviate your concerns and your families by communicating with you throughout the continuum of care you. An entire team is dedicated to helping you get through this time.

Your first visit

Dr. Longoria will evaluate your medical history and test results including any imaging or procedure you have completed. A physical examination will be performed. If additional tests are necessary it will be scheduled. Once all results and studies are obtained you will be contacted by the office staff.

Dr. Longoria will discuss and recommend a personalized plan of treatment. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss your treatment options. Depending on the reason for your visit, it may take an hour. Please plan accordingly.

What to bring:

For your first visit please bring the following items if you are able to obtain them:

Your primary care physician’s information

Medical records

Radiology CDs and reports (such as x-rays or scans), including your most recent CT scans, catheterization films, and echocardiography, stress test and EKG results

Laboratory test results (if any)

A list of all the medications you are taking, including names and dosages. Please complete the Medication list and preferred pharmacy form

Your insurance card(s) for your primary and any supplemental insurance

Information regarding which doctor or doctors referred you to us. If possible please include the names and phone numbers of all doctors involved in your care.

A list of questions or concerns you’d like to discuss Completed

Cardiac Pre-visit Assessment Form

Preparing for heart surgery

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• Verify your insurance and benefits
• Attempt to pre-certify your surgery, if necessary
• Send you notification if there are any problems with your insurance
• Contact you five to seven days before your surgery to discuss your past medical history and answer any questions you may have
• Contact you the day before surgery with the time you should be at the hospital


• Make sure to complete all pre-operative testing (Labs, X-rays. EKG, etc.) that your doctor may have ordered
• Make a list of all medication you are currently taking including dose and frequency
• Contact your insurance company if you have any questions regarding your benefits
• Notify us of any changes to your health prior to your scheduled surgery date

Before Cardiothoracic Surgery Procedures - Dr. James Longoria

Before heart surgery

After being diagnosed with a heart disease, such as coronary artery disease (heart disease), aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, or tricuspid valve disease, you likely will have a meeting with a cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss your treatment options.

Day of heart surgery

Be sure to arrive promptly, and try to get to the hospital a few minutes before you are scheduled to arrive.

After heart surgery

Immediately following surgery, you will be transferred directly to the intensive care unit (ICU), usually with a breathing tube still in place. Your anesthesia will not have worn off, so you likely will wake up in the ICU after surgery.

Prescription refills

After your surgery, the appropriate prescriptions will be provided to you by Dr. Longoria’s nurse practitioner. If additional medication is needed, please feel free to contact the office

Bill pay/Financing options

Please contact the office for details regarding options for payment.
• As a patient you can review your health care bill regardless of your ability to pay it or the payment source
• Receive information about available financial resources
• If uninsured, to receive, before the provision of a planned nonemergency medical service, a reasonable estimate of charges for such service and information regarding any discount or charity policies for which the uninsured person may be eligible.
• Know if the Practice, doctors and other team members accept Medicare, the government’s health insurance for those aged 65+ or disabled
• Know and understand the Medicare charges for your services and treatment provided
• Receive if you ask, with explanation, a reasonable estimate of your health care charges before treatment
• To be free from any requirement to purchase drugs, or rent or purchase medical supplies or equipment from any particular source (specifically in accordance with the provisions of the CA Section 1320 of the Health and Safety Code) and also to receive patient choice in these type of decisions

Accepted Insurances

  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Health Fund HMO
  • HMO Deductible Plans
  • Jackson Labs – ller Two Provider
  • Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
  • US Access
  • Alignment Health Plan My Choice (Medicare Advantage PPO) – Effective January 1, 2020
  • Alignment Health Plan Sutter Advantage (Medicare Advantage HMO) – Effective January 1, 2020
  • Anthem Blue Cross HMO, also sometimes !mown as California Care or Rural Cal Data (includes CalPERS Traditional HMO)
  • Anthem Blue Cross HMO/POS (California Care Plus)
  • Blue Shield Access+ HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield Added Advantage POS (Point-Of-Service) Plan
  • Commercial HMO/POS
  • Network HMO/POS
  • ELECT Open Access POS, Large and Small Group
  • ELECT POS, Large and Small Group
  • Health Net Healthy Heart HMO
  • Health Net HMO: Large Group (101+ employees) & Small Group (2-100 employees)
  • Health Net Seniority Plus Green
  • HMO- Flex Funded
  • Salud HMO Plus Large/Custom Group
  • SELECT three-tier POS and SELECT two-tier POS, Large and Small Group
  • HMO Plan
  • Individual and Family Plan HMO
  • Lange and Small Group HMO
  • HARP Medicare Complete Secure Horizon (HMO)
  • HARP Medicare Complete Secure Horizon (HMO) Employer Group
  • HARP Medicare Complete Secure Horizons Plan 1 (HMO)
  • HARP Medicare Complette Secure Horizons Focus (HMO)
  • Signature POS
  • Signature Value (HMO)
  • Signature Value Alliance HMO (includes CaIPERS & AON Exchange)