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Cardiopulmonary

Cardiopulmonary services combines two specialized areas of health care: the heart (cardiac) and the lungs (pulmonary). Our staff of registered respiratory therapists, echocardio technicians, and cardiac technicians provide a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for hospital inpatients, as well as specific diagnostic procedures for outpatients. The tests performed help diagnose, treat and monitor cardiac and pulmonary diseases. We treat adult, pediatric and newborn patients. A physician referral is required for all cardiopulmonary services.

Our certified technicians receive ongoing education to ensure that all patients receive quality diagnostic tests. They work together with our doctors and administrative personnel in order to provide the best cardiopulmonary diagnostic services to all our patients.

We utilize the newest technologies so that we can obtain the best diagnostic information for cardiovascular diseases.

In addition to standard diagnostic testing, our services also include:

  • Cardiac Interventions (e.g. Stents)
  • Echo Screens for high school and college athletes
  • Better Breathers Club: Support group for those with lung disease
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Healthy Hearts
  • Outpatient Asthma and COPD Education

The Cardiopulmonary Department at Community Hospital Anderson is dedicated to providing the best quality of care and testing for our patients. Our office is conveniently located just inside the hospital's main entrance. We are open Monday-Friday, from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information about our services, please call 765.298.5178.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG OR EKG)

A test that records the electrical activity of the heart. This test is capable of detecting early changes of a heart attack, structural changes in the heart and changes due to abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias).

HOLTER MONITOR

This is a small, portable, battery-powered ECG machine worn by a patient to record heartbeats on tape over a period of 24 to 48 hours during normal activities. This test is designed to help detect slow, fast and irregular heart rhythm disorders.

EVENT RECORDER

A small, portable, battery-powered machine used by a patient to record electrical activity (ECG) over a long period of time. Patients may keep the recorder for several weeks. Each time symptoms are experienced, the patient presses a button on the recorder to record an ECG sample. As soon as possible, this sample is transmitted to the doctor’s office for evaluation to help detect sporadic heart rhythm disorders.

PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING (PFT) –

This non-invasive test identifies the severity of pulmonary impairments while giving physicians a complete evaluation of a patient’s respiratory system. Pft’s are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from outside the body into the body’s circulation.

A small, portable, battery-powered machine used by a patient to record electrical activity (ECG) over a long period of time. Patients may keep the recorder for several weeks. Each time symptoms are experienced, the patient presses a button on the recorder to record an ECG sample. As soon as possible, this sample is transmitted to the doctor’s office for evaluation to help detect sporadic heart rhythm disorders.

TILT TABLE TEST

A test performed while the patient is connected to an ECG and blood pressure monitor and strapped to a table that tilts the patient from a lying to standing position. This test is used to determine if the patient is prone to sudden drops in blood pressure or slow pulse rates with position changes related to abnormal cardiac reflex responses.

ECHOCARDIOGRAM (ALSO KNOWN AS ECHO)

A non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create images of the heart and vessels to evaluate the heart’s chambers and valves. We offer state-of-the-art equipment, protocols and newer techniques with ultrasound, including 3D images, to help detect abnormalities. Echocardiogram screenings for student athletes and genetic heart disease are also available.

TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAM (TEE)

A test in which a small transducer ultrasound probe (similar to an endoscope) is passed down the esophagus and placed directly behind the heart to obtain superior quality images of the heart structures. This test is routinely performed during cardiac surgeries for close monitoring and to confirm accuracy of the surgical procedure.

EXTERNAL COUNTER PULSATION

This treatment is used on patients with severe angina who are not considered candidates for an angioplasty or bypass surgery. It is a non-invasive procedure that is believed to help stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the heart, and in some cases, improves the flow of existing blood vessels.

A test in which a small transducer ultrasound probe (similar to an endoscope) is passed down the esophagus and placed directly behind the heart to obtain superior quality images of the heart structures. This test is routinely performed during cardiac surgeries for close monitoring and to confirm accuracy of the surgical procedure.

CARDIAC STRESS TESTS

Cardiac stress tests are used to assess the response of the heart under increased demand. They may be done through exercise or chemically if the patient is unable to exercise. In an exercise test, the patient walks on a treadmill or pedals a stationary bike to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, symptoms and electrical activity (ECG). A chemical stress test is done with a medicine that either raises the heart rate or redistributes blood supply to create a stress response in the heart muscle. This test may be conducted in conjunction with an ultrasound (ECHO) or nuclear tracer imaging to improve detection of strain or altered heart function or blood supply due to clogged blood vessels in the heart.

A stress test may be used to detect coronary artery disease or to determine safe levels of exercise following a heart attack, stent placement or heart surgery. Special protocols and expertise are also available for advanced forms of stress testing, such as cardiopulmonary monitoring, hemodynamic and ultrasound monitoring for special forms of cardiac diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, for various valve diseases and with lower extremity vascular blood flow studies.

NUCLEAR CARDIAC IMAGING

Small amounts of safe nuclear tracer agents are used with Emission Tomography (SPECT and MUGA) imaging to study blood supply and the heart function, including assessing the extent of living muscle tissue following a heart attack. This test is often done in conjunction with cardiac stress testing.

Contact Us

Phone: 765.298.5178
Fax: 765.298.5844
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
*Located near the main entrance on the 1st floor of the hospital next to the gift shop