The Cardiopulmonary Department is involved in the evaluation, treatment, management, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the heart and lungs. The department performs a wide range of testing to assist the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Some of these services include oxygen maintenance, nebulizer therapy, BiPap/CPAP administration, and ventilator management. Cardiac testing includes holter monitors, cardiac event monitors, EKG’s, and cardiac stress tests. Other tests performed in the cardiopulmonary department include EEG’s, Pulmonary Function Tests, and Simple Spirometry Testing. All services are licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners under the direction of a physician.
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A stress test, also called an exercise stress test, is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster than it does during most daily activities, an exercise stress test can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.
An exercise stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored.
Your doctor may recommend an exercise stress test if he or she suspects you have coronary artery disease or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). An exercise stress test may also be used to guide your treatment if you've already been diagnosed with a heart condition
Your doctor may recommend an exercise stress test to:
Diagnose coronary artery disease. Your coronary arteries are the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients. Coronary artery disease is a condition that develops when these arteries become damaged or diseased — usually due to a buildup of plaque. If you have symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain with exertion, a stress test can help determine if they're related to coronary artery disease.
Diagnose arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm). Arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heart rhythm do not function properly. This may cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. If you have symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, slow heartbeat or a fluttering in your chest, an exercise stress test can help determine if they're related to an arrhythmia.
Guide treatment of heart disorders. If you've already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, valvular heart disease or another heart condition, an exercise stress test can help your doctor find out how well treatment is working to relieve your symptoms. It may also be used to help establish the right treatment plan for you by showing how much exercise your heart can handle.
A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress (exercise) on the heart. It is performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.
A nuclear stress test usually involves taking two sets of images of your heart — one set during exercise while you are walking on a treadmill, and another set while you are at rest. If you are unable to walk on a treadmill, the doctor may want to perform a chemical test on you. A chemical test is a nuclear stress test that uses medication to exercise your heart. A nuclear stress test is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity and at rest.
You may be given a nuclear stress test if your doctor suspects you have coronary artery disease or another heart problem, or if an exercise stress test alone wasn't enough to pinpoint the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A nuclear stress test may also be recommended in order to guide your treatment if you've already been diagnosed with a heart condition
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
A test used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and certain other conditions that affect breathing. PFT’s may also be used to check how well your lungs are working once you are being treated for a chronic lung condition.
PFT’s measure how much air you can inhale and exhale. It also measures how fast you can exhale. PFT values below average indicate your lungs aren't working as well as they should.
If you've already been diagnosed with a chronic lung disorder, Pulmonary Function Testing may be used to check how well your medications are working and whether your symptoms are under control.
A small device that is worn to record the electrical activity of your heart. It may be worn for up to two days. During that time, the device will record all of your heartbeats. A Holter monitor is usually performed after an electrocardiogram (EKG) isn't able to give your doctor enough information about your heart's condition. Your doctor uses information captured on the Holter monitor's recording to figure out if you have a heart rhythm (arrhythmia) problem. While wearing a Holter monitor may be a little inconvenient, it is an important test that may help your doctor diagnose your condition.
The recording of the brain’s spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time, usually 20–40 minutes, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp.
ECG or EKG (Electrocardiography)
A transthoracic (across the thorax or chest) interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, as detected by electrodes attached to the outer surface of the skin and recorded by a device external to the body.